November 17, 2016 By Shar Morris Jnr
Six premier league clubs- Police Cricket Club, Midwest Club, Old Edwardians CC, the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Force (RSLAF CC), newly promoted duo, Regent Olympic and Kent Cricket Club, will all battle in this year’s Sierra Leone Cricket Association/Mercury International One Day International (ODI) league.
The tournament, which was supposed to kick-start last weekend, will finally get underway on Saturday, November 19 at the Kingtom ovals in Freetown and the final reschedule fixtures is expected to be released by the association today (Thursday November 17) after pre-tournament meeting with the club.
According to the SLCA chief executive officer, Francis Trevor Samura, the Kingtom oval will be ready for action by Friday as they have embarked on a daily work in getting the ground in proper order for the tournament.
He further revealed that Thursday’s meeting with the participating teams would be to discuss the standard ODI playing conditions, what would be expected from Umpires, scorers, players and players support personal.
“The ODI league is the pathways to the Africa Division (1) tournament slated for April, 2017 and possibly, the road leading to the prestigious ICC Division 5. In that plight, much is expected from all parties concerned and the SLCA will do everything humanly possible to ensure that the league is conducted within rules and regulations of cricket,” Samura said, adding that the ICC standards will be fully adhered to.
The earlier postponement of the tournament was as a result of the defending champions, Sierra Leone Police failure to honour last Sunday’s fixture against Midwest Club. However, the SLCA chief executive officer revealed that after further consultative meetings with the Police Sports committee officials, RSLAF and other relevant stakeholders, the Police did explain their reasons and promised for such incident not to repeat again.
He said: “We reached an agreement that the league commences this Saturday, 19th November, 2016 at both the Prince Of Wales Ovals and the old Kingtom oval.”