Director Adams hails expanded Super50

March 02, 2017
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BASSETERRE, St Kitts, CMC - The region's new director of cricket, Jimmy Adams, believes this year's expanded Regional Super50, was a major stepping stone in helping players to set new standards of achievement.

During the tournament last month, the eight teams divided into two groups, played each other twice, leading to an extended preliminary round.

Adams, who last month took over the high profile role from Englishman Richard Pybus, said the new development was critical to the long-term improvement of the game.

"I think the first thing for me is that we got a chance [to play so many games]. I'm thankful for the opportunity the players got to play such a long tournament," the former Test captain noted.

He added: "But just to play as many games as we did play and getting batsmen [among the runs]. We had quite a few three figure performances from some of our top batsmen. Going back a few years, they were a rarity."

Eleven hundreds were scored in the tournament with the returning Kieran Powell notching three and current West Indies players Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope getting two apiece.

Two centuries came in the first semi-final courtesy of Chadwick Walton and Jermaine Blackwood as Jamaica Scorpions piled up a regional List A record 434 against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force.

Last year, there were only three centuries and not a single score over 300.

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