Premier Trophy to go
The 2006/07 new look Premier league tournament
will get underway on Wednesday with the advent of the Tier A Limited
overs tournament at six venues.
Though there will be fourteen teams taking part
in Tier A this year, only the top four from each group will be assured
of berths in the final line up for next year. The two bottom halves
of the two groups will be joined by the winners and the runners
up of tier ‘B’ who hence will play another qualifying
round and the winners of that will fill in the two final slots in
tier ‘A’ from next season onwards.
In Tier ‘A’ the seven teams are Bloomfield
C and AC, BRC, CCC, Tamil Union, Sebastianites, Panadura Sports
Club and Ramaga Cricket Club. Tier ‘A’ Group ‘B’
comprises NCC, SSC, Chilaw Marians, Colts, Moors, Badureliya SC
and Saracens Sports Club.
In the Tier “B’ the teams which are
vying for top slots are Army, Air Force, Police, Galle CC, Lankan
CC, Kurunegala CC , and Sinha SC.
According to the vice president of the SLC Interim
Committee K. Mathivanan this system is to be gazetted and entered
into the Sports Law so that it will remain intact for the future.
Besides this, from this season every cricketer who will take part
in the Premier trophy will be assured of a fee and make it a professional
tournament in time to come.
All limited overs matches will be played during
week days while the Premier league three/four day tournament will
begin on 10, 11 and 12 November on the same basis.
The opening matches are :-- ( Nov 1) Sebastianites
vs Bloomfield C and AC, at Reid Avenue, Ragama CC vs BRC at BRC
grounds, Panadura SC vs CCC at Panadura, NCC vs Moors at NCC, SSC
vs Badureliya SC at SSC, Saracens SC vs Chilaw Marians at Colombo
The first week’s three/four day tournament
(10, 11, 12 November). SSC vs Panadura SC at Maitland Place, Chilaw
Marians vs Badureliya CC to be confirmed, Saracens vs BRC at BRC
grounds,Sebastanites vs Tamil Union at the P. Sara Stadium, Bloomfield
vs Ragama CC at Reid Avenue, CCC vs Colts at Colts grounds