The Sunoco Minor League Cricket (MiLC) Championship returns for its third season this weekend, with 150 matches set to take place across seven weeks of regular season action and two weeks of playoff matchups. The most extensive cricket competition in America, the T20 league is the key pathway to Major League Cricket, which successfully completed its historic launch season this past Sunday.
The 2023 edition of MiLC will feature 26 teams playing nationwide at 17 venues, including 19 matches set to take place at Grand Prairie Stadium, the newly redeveloped premier cricket venue in Grand Prairie, TX.
The action gets underway on Friday, Aug. 4, with the season opener between the Manhattan Yorkers and New Jersey Stallions at Mercer County Park in New Jersey. Fans can follow the action live via free streams on the MLC Network on YouTube throughout the two months of the competition. All matches are free for fans to attend and the full schedule is available at www.minorleaguecricket.com.
“The recent success of Major League Cricket shows the strong appetite for cricket in America and the long-term plan to build American cricket is dependent on a successful pipeline of talent coming through Minor League Cricket,” said Zubin Surkari, Tournament Director, Minor League Cricket. “The third season of MiLC will allow fans to see many players who featured in MLC up close while giving the next generation of American cricket stars the chance to shine.”
America’s first nationwide T20 championship was launched in 2021 and saw its second season won by the Seattle Thunderbolts in August 2022, with the team from the Pacific Northwest claiming a $150,000 first place prize by defeating the Atlanta Fire in the final.
Team rosters for the 2023 season feature the strongest talent available in American cricket. Each team features a selection of top domestic players and a required number of U21 and U19 players. The primary aim of the tournament is to give a platform and opportunity for the best cricketers in America to showcase their abilities at a national level and build cricket in communities across the country.