Vitality U19 Club T20 is a vibrant competition that keeps young players in the game and gives them the chance take on leadership roles within their club.
The Vitality U19 Club T20, a vibrant competition that lets young players take ownership within their club, is coming back to Somerset in 2021 after shortened summer of action in 2020 due to the Covid-19 Pandemic which saw the Bridgwater Red Sox, Congresbury Cobras, Hinton Hornets & Yeovil Whirlwinds win their respective area competition,
U19T20 in 2021
We are pleased to confirm that the fixtures have now been published on play-cricket. You will notice that the dates have all been set to 1st June, it is now up to you and your captains to liaise with the opposition to agree convenient dates, you can change the dates on play-cricket once you have confirmed them.
Friday 30th July – cut off date for the group games
Sunday 1st August – play-off places will be confirmed
Wednesday 11th August – cut off date for the play-off games
Sunday 22nd August – Finals Day
Finals Day will take the format of Option 2, as this proved to be most popular with the voting.
An 8 team Finals day held at Weston-Super-Mare CC & Uphill Castle CC
– 15 overs per side in the Q/F & S/F matches with a T20 Final
– Q/F and S/F rounds of matches with a further losing Q/F match available to clubs
– It is likely the top team from each Regional group will progress to Finals day with play-offs between the 2nd/3rd placed teams for the final 4 places.
Rules apply as per previous years and are available here: U19 Rules U19 T20
What is U19T20?
Young players compete in fast paced matches with, and against, their friends in a great atmosphere. It offers a format of cricket to inspire and enthuse young people to stay in the game.
In 2018, over 650 clubs took part nationally, wearing coloured kit, playing music and smashing a pink ball around. U19T20 has had a positive impact on the game and helps to:
- Retain young players within the game by providing them with additional opportunities to play with friends
- Create exciting match day experiences.
- Create volunteering opportunities for young players within the club
Why do players love U19T20?
There are many reasons why players love U19T20. Some of the key areas are:
- Participating with friends from their own age group
- Competing against other peers
- The opportunity to play cricket in front of a good crowd
- The opportunity to create their own match day experience
- Player statistics at a county and national level
What can you expect if you enter?
Participating clubs can expect the following:
- Free online training for volunteers.
- Access to discounted T20 kit both locally & nationally
- A support package from ECB & SCB – including activation pack, player statistics package and interaction on social media.
- Additional development opportunities for the young players
- Pink U19T20 balls.
- 4 – 6 U19T20 fixtures, leading to a County Finals Day
Once clubs have entered, the Somerset Cricket Board will place teams into leagues based on geography, with fixtures to be played at convenient times for clubs between mid June and early August. Once again, the format of County Finals Day & any possible rounds after the group stages will be decided with a vote by the teams who have entered the competition.
Your U19 team will be invited to a launch meeting before the competition begins to help you take ownership of the competition and organise your own match day experience, which has seen clubs do some awesome things over the four years it has run.