Stanford Twenty20 Cricket News 2008
Stanford Super Series 20/20 Cricket 2008-09:
|Stanford Super Series 20/20 Cricket 2008-09: News | Teams | Schedule | Results|
- Sat 25 October, 2008: Stanford Superstars v Trinidad & Tobago
- Sun 26 October, 2008: England v Middlesex
- Mon 27 October, 2008: Trinidad & Tobago v Middlesex
- Tue 28 October, 2008: England v Trinidad & Tobago
- Thu 30 October, 2008: Stanford Superstars v Middlesex
- Sat 1 November, 2008: Stanford Superstars v England
Stanford 20/20 Cricket Tournament 2008
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Stanford 20/20 - Tournament News
Stanford's cricket commitment in limbo
Dec 18, 2008Texan billionaire Allen Stanford's commitment to cricket was mired in uncertainty on Wednesday after his spokeswoman said he was "evaluating his options" following reports he was turning his back on the game.
The Daily Mail newspaper said Stanford was pulling out of cricket after losing 40 million dollars on his million-dollar-a-man winner-takes-all match and associated series.
Stanford, the report added, was now poised to end his five-year-deal with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) after just a year.
His financial backing for West Indies cricket would also be terminated, the report said, adding he had axed his ambassadorial board of legends for the Super Series, including former West Indies captain Viv Richards, on Tuesday.
However, Stanford Twenty20 spokeswoman Julie Hodge, while confirming the end of the legends group, said he was still undecided about the future of the Super Series, which might continue in a new format.
Stanford Super Series 20/20 Cricket 2008-09
Stanford Super Series 2008-09: Stanford Superstars crush England in US$20 million Twenty20 match
Nov 01, 2008The West Indies-based Stanford Superstars became instant millionaires when they trounced England by 10 wickets in the richest - and probably shortest - cricket match on Saturday.
For a winner-takes-all US$20 million bankrolled by American billionaire Allen Stanford, the Superstars routed England for 99 off 19.5 overs, then easily topped that by flaying 101 without loss inside 13 overs. Each of the victorious 11 Superstars - a West Indies all-star side - pocketed $1 million.
Fittingly, captain Chris Gayle ended the match in grand style by hoisting an Andrew Flintoff full toss over long-on to send his teammates racing onto the field to celebrate, and the crowd into a frenzy. England will go home with nothing, but know it has four more annual cracks at the cash after Stanford put up $100 million to fund his five-year Stanford Super Series.
Stanford Super Series, 2008-09: Stanford Superstars 101 for 0 beat England 99 all out by 10 wickets
Stanford Super Series 2008-09: Stanford Superstars crush Middlesex
Oct 30, 2008The West Indies Super Stars XI defeated English county Middlesex by 58 runs on Thursday.
Middlesex opted fielding after winning the toss and put the West Indies Super Stars in trouble by capturing three early wickets for 66 runs.
However, Andre Fletcher holding one end intact took his team to 173-4 in the allotted 20 overs. The 20-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman remained not out at 90, slamming seven sixes and three fours in his brilliant innings lasting a mere 66 balls.
Sylvester Joseph was the second top-scorer with 29. Middlesex could not bat with confidence and the whole team were all out for 115.
Their top-scorer was Evan Morgan with 22 while Darren Powell, Darren Simmie and Dave Muhammad claimed two wickets each.
Stanford Super Series, 2008-09: Stanford Superstars 173 for 4 beat Middlesex 115 all out by 58 runs
Stanford Super Series 2008-09: England beat Trinidad and Tobago by one run
Oct 28, 2008England beat Trinidad and Tobago by one run when Ravi Rampaul was run out going for a second run on the last ball of their Stanford Twenty20 Super Series match on Tuesday.
England made 141-6 and Trinidad 140-9 in the warmup for England's clash with the Stanford Superstars - a West Indies all-star side - for US$20 million on Saturday. Trinidad, which beat English Twenty20 champion Middlesex on Monday for $280,000, threatened England's total only after late fireworks from Denesh Ramdin, who hit 37 off 36 balls before he was out with two overs to go at 125-7 and Trinidad needing 17 to win.
Rampaul joined Samuel Badree for the last over with 10 required, and after a Badree boundary they needed two runs off the last delivery from Steve Harmison. Rampaul edged to third man, they made a run, but Owais Shah returned the ball for an easy run out, preventing the second run to tie the game and send it into a one-over bowl-off at Stanford Cricket Ground. Allrounder Andrew Flintoff capture 3-30 and Paul Collingwood took 2-11 in the middle overs.
Stanford Super Series, 2008-09: England 141 for 6 beat Trinidad & Tobago 140 for 9 by one run
Stanford Super Series 2008-09: Trinidad and Tobago beat Middlesex by 5 wickets
Oct 27, 2008Darren Bravo hit a six in the last over to spur Trinidad and Tobago to a five-wicket win over English county champion Middlesex and claim the Stanford Twenty20 Champions Cup Monday.
Bravo shared a match-winning stand of 67 with West Indies wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin which helped Trinidad recover from a precarious 49 for four in the 11th over in reply to Middlesex's 117 for eight from 20 overs. Ramdin and Bravo, the brother of injured West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo - who watched the game with Trinidad team in the dressing room - took the total to 122 for five in 19.2 overs.
Left-hander Bravo ensured the win when he belted Tyron Henderson over mid-off for six, finishing with 27 from 24 balls. Trinidad collected US$280,000 for winning the cup, which is part of the buildup to the $20 million Twenty20 between England and the Stanford Superstars on Saturday.
Stanford Super Series, 2008-09: Trinidad & Tobago 122 for 5 beat Middlesex 117 for 8 by five wickets
Stanford Super Series 2008-09: England beats Middlesex in Super Series
Oct 26, 2008Inspirational all-rounder Andrew Flintoff bowled a steady last over to help England defeat Middlesex by 12 runs in the second match of the Stanford Twenty20 Super Series.
With 18 runs needed off the last over, Flintoff (1-23) conceded just five runs as Middlesex top-scorer Dawid Malan, who made an unbeaten 41 from 33 balls, was unable to hit any boundaries, on Sunday. Flintoff helped England defend their modest 4-121 off 20 overs, restricting Middlesex reached 4-109 in reply.
Stanford Super Series, 2008-09: England 121 for 4 beat Middlesex 109 for 4 by 12 runs
Stanford Super Series 2008-09: Stanford Superstars win Super Series opener
Oct 25, 2008The Stanford Superstars warmed up for their US$20 million showdown against England with a hard-fought victory by 22 runs over Trinidad and Tobago at the Stanford Cricket Ground on Saturday night.
Without being spectacular, the Stanford Superstars, minus key batsmen Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, were efficient in winning the first match of the Stanford Super Series before an encouraging crowd. Stand-in captain Sylvester Joseph provided a flurry at the end with an unbeaten 45 off 31 balls to guide his team to a competitive 146 for five and tall left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn stopped a promising Trinidad and Tobago response to help limit the opponents to 124 for eight.
Stanford Super Series, 2008-09: Stanford Superstars 146 for 5 beat Trinidad & Tobago 124 for 8 by 22 runs
England in talks with US billionaire to rival IPL
Apr 15, 2008English cricket officials began several days of talks with an American billionaire Tuesday in a last-ditch bid to set up a rival to the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The talks between the Antigua-based Allen Stanford and the top brass of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) come just four days before the billion dollar-IPL championship kicks off in Bangalore Friday. Stanford, who runs a Twenty20 league in the Caribbean and requested the meeting, is thought to be a potential partner of the ECB.
ECB chairman Giles Clarke is reported to have been sufficiently "intrigued" by the Texan-born billionaire's offer to discuss it with English players at a meeting in New Zealand last month.
Before Tuesday's meeting, he said: "We don't want a knee-jerk reaction to the IPL but we believe that we can set up a robust, spectator-friendly, economically sustainable competition of our own which will not cut across the core revenue streams of Test and one-day international cricket." Although details of Stanford's offer are not known, the Times newspaper said he could be wishing to express an interest in any international dimension of a new league to be introduced at the height of the English summer.
It said England has the inherent advantage of its cricket season coming at what is the low point of the cricket year for other nations for climate reasons. The ECB's meeting with Stanford will also include discussion about a Stanford 20/20 challenge during England's tour of West Indies next year. Clarke is expected to attend the IPL launch along with ECB chief executive David Collier and commercial director John Perera.
Stanford 20/20 - TournamentThe Stanford 20/20 Tournament is a cricket tournament which was first held in July and August 2006 in the West Indies at the Stanford Cricket Oval, St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda. It is a variety of the popular Twenty20 format first introduced in English cricket in 2003.
Prize MoneyThe uniqueness of the Stanford 20/20 lies in the prize money that is awarded throughout the Tournament. Sir Allen is adamant in his belief that excellence should be rewarded and the prize structure for the competition reflects this. The Stanford 20/20 has the largest purse of any domestic cricket Tournament in the world.
- Tournament Winners: US$1 Million to Team and US$200,000 for their Cricket Board for development;
- Tournament Runners-up: US$500,000 to Team and US$100,000 for their Cricket Board for development;
- Man of the Match in Final Match: US$100,000;
- Play of the Match in Final Match: US$25,000;
- Man of the Match for all qualifying matches: US$25,000;
- Play of the Match for all qualifying matches: US$10,000;
Stanford 20/20 On WICB Annual Cricket Calendar
Sep 04, 2007The WICB and the Stanford 20/20 Board of Directors, following a meeting held on Friday August 31, 2007, will shortly sign an agreement for a five-year franchise that will ensure the continuation of the popular Stanford 20/20 Regional Tournament and support from the Stanford organization for cricket development in participating Caribbean countries. This progress ensures that the Stanford 20/20 Tournament will become part of the WICB's annual cricket calendar together with the regional One Day and Four Day tournaments.