Eight teams of ace cricketers are competing in the first season of T20 Southern Premier League hosted by Flat Bush Cricket Club that kicked off on Sunday, February 2 at Barry Curtis Park in Flat Bush.

Organised and an initiative by Swaran Katal the chairperson of Flat Bush Cricket Club, the premier league of cricket is supported by Auckland Cricket which will take place every Sunday for the next six weeks with the grand finale on March 15. 

“The purpose of the tournament is to bring together all the quality players of Auckland under one roof and give them the playing experience of their lifetime,” Chairperson of Flat Bush Cricket Club, told The Indian Weekender.

The teams participating in the tournament are Gujarat Lions, Blue Panthers, Punjab XI, Dare Devils, Friends XI, Cypress Demon, Flatbush Friends and Mavericks, all players between the age group of 18-40.

The first day of the tournament saw Friends Xi beat Mavericks y 9 wickets and Flatbush XI beat Gujarat Lions by 69 runs in Pool A, and in Pool B Cypress Demons lose to Dare Devils by 109 runs, and Blue Panthers lose to Punjab XI by three wickets.

With four matches every week, the four Sundays will be league matches, and knockouts played with the best teams to the semis on March 8 and the finals on March 15.

“The first day was thrilling, each team showed great sportsmanship, and we had competitive scores and chases between teams,” Mr Katal said.

Like every cricket tournament, there will be winner and runner-up trophies, a man of the match after every game, best bowler and batsman of the tournament and $100 for every Super 6 Hit in the match.

The final of the tournament will also see more people as spectators, live commentary, MPs and community leaders present.

“We are encouraging kids, youth and families to take part in the final event and make it a success. We are planning for a couple of bouncy castles on the finals to make it a family event,” Mr Katal added.

Flat Bush Cricket Club started in October earlier 2019 under the umbrella of Auckland Cricket and so far, has enrolled around 100 children in the age category of five and 11.