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Royals and Sabres to play in Caribbean T20

Friends Provident t20 winners, the Hampshire Royals, and runners up the Somerset Sabres have accepted an invitation from the West Indies Cricket Board to take part in the Caribbean T20 tournament.

The two counties will travel out to Antigua in early January to take part in the competition against local teams including Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Leeward Islands, and Trinidad & Tobago.

The inaugural tournament was won by Guyana; who book a place in Septembers Twenty20 Champions League in South Africa.

The Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds in Antigua will be the venue for the first round of matches while the final stages will be held at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.

"The Caribbean T20 rewards Hampshire Royals and Somerset for their hard work throughout the 2010 Friends Provident t20 campaign and provides an excellent opportunity for both teams to experience playing in a different environment and test themselves against strong opposition," said ECB Director of Marketing & Communications Steve Elworthy.

"I would like to thank the West Indies Cricket Board for extending the invitation to both teams and wish them all the very best for what I'm sure will be a memorable fortnight of cricket for all involved," he added.

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