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Stanford Super Series set to roll

Stanford Super Series, Antigua
All games start at 2130 GMT (BBC commentary details in brackets):
25 Oct: Stanford Superstars v Trinidad & Tobago (no commentary available)
26 Oct: England v Middlesex (BBC London website)
27 Oct: Trinidad & Tobago v Midd'x (BBC London website/5 Live Sports Extra)
28 Oct: England v Trinidad & Tobago (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
30 Oct: Stanford Superstars v Middlesex (BBC London website)
1 Nov: Stanford Superstars v England (BBC Radio 5 Live)

Stanford Super Series

The money-spinning Stanford Super Series Twenty20 competition begins on Saturday as the Stanford Superstars entertain Trinidad & Tobago in Antigua.

Cavalier West Indies batsman Chris Gayle leads the Superstars, who also include Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

They will face the West Indian domestic Twenty20 winners in a warm-up for Trinidad's match with Middlesex on Monday, which is worth up to 193,500.

England play Gayle's team on 1 November when the winners will collect $20m.

The Superstars squad is comprised of players from around the domestic West Indian circuit, while former Windies skipper Ramnaresh Sarwan and international fast bowlers Daren Powell and Jerome Taylor also feature.

But talented all-rounder Dwayne Bravo will be a notable absentee after recovering from ankle surgery in August, and he is facing a battle to be fit for England's tour of the Caribbean next year.

Trinidad & Tobago - captained by Daren Ganga and who include Bravo's brother Darren - and Middlesex, led by evergreen spinner Shaun Udal and featuring England Test opener Andrew Strauss, will both receive $100,000 (64,875) for their three appearances in the series.

The winner of the match between the two clubs on Monday will collect an extra $180,000 (116,227), with the man of the match receiving a further $20,000 (12,914).

"It puts West Indies cricket on the map," explained Ganga, who has played 48 Tests and 35 one-day internationals for the West Indies.

"It's the biggest purse in history for a sporting event, so it's going to have the entire world glued on to what's going to happen here.

"From a Trinidad & Tobago perspective, competing against England and Middlesex gives us the opportunity to enhance our reputations as a team and as individuals."


25 October Stanford Superstars v Trinidad & Tobago

26 October England v Middlesex

27 October Trinidad & Tobago v Middlesex

28 October England v Trinidad & Tobago

30 October Stanford Superstars v Middlesex

1 November Stanford Superstars v England


see also
Stanford's 20/20 for $20m
22 Oct 08 |  Cricket
England can be beaten - Murtagh
24 Oct 08 |  Middlesex
Middlesex ready to punch weight
24 Oct 08 |  Middlesex
Big-hitters bonanza
23 Oct 08 |  Middlesex
Moores rejects Cook cash claims
14 Oct 08 |  England
Gayle named as Stanford skipper
10 Oct 08 |  Cricket
Stanford game is given go-ahead
09 Oct 08 |  Cricket
Sammy gets late Stanford call-up
19 Sep 08 |  West Indies
Stanford Super Series fixtures
26 Oct 08 |  Cricket


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