GT20 cricket playoffs start Friday with Brampton Wolves up for elimination

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Published August 3, 2023 at 2:13 pm

The Brampton Wolves will be fighting to stay in the game as the GT20 cricket tournament heads into the playoffs on Friday (Aug.4).

The finalists have a break from competition on Thursday as the contest moves into the championship stages, and the Wolves are just one loss away from elimination.

The Wolves dropped from second place after a defeat to the Surrey Jaguars on Wednesday, with the hometown team now ranked fourth in the tournament with 8 points – just one point behind the third-place Montreal Tigers.

Brampton and Montreal will go head-to-head in an elimination match at Brampton’s CAA Centre on Friday at 3:30 p.m., and a win will keep the Wolves in the fight and send them off to the Q2 qualifying round.

If Brampton bests Montreal they will have to face either the top-ranked Surrey Jaguars or second-place Vancouver Knights on Saturday if the teams want to push to the championship match on Sunday.

Now in its third year after a hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic, the tournament is being broadcast in 150 countries with organizers saying the tournament’s viewing and streaming numbers could eclipse the 2023 Super Bowl’s 115.1 million watchers.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford took in a Wolves match on Wednesday and wore one of the team’s jerseys, even getting to play bowler for the first toss.

“There’s no better place than Brampton, I call it the cricket capital of Ontario – and I’ll probably say the capital of cricket in the entire country,” Ford said alongside Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown.

The Wolves and GT20 have also donated $10,000 to the United Achievers’ Club of Brampton.

For more on the GT20 cricket tournament finals or to purchase tickets visit www.gt20.ca.

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