CENTRAL Sports rekindled their heyday of local cricket dominance in taking the lion’s share of team awards when the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) staged their 2015 National League prize-distribution function recently at the National Energy Skills Centre (NESC) Auditorium at Couva.
Overall, the Felicity, Chaguanas-based team managed by experienced administrator Richard Ramkissoon made a clean sweep of the Championship Division T20 and 50-Overs competitions, and were crowned “Club of the Year” to cop the PirtieRamnarinesingh Trophy.
In the North/Central Division where they competed, Central Sports were also winners of the Sunday League which made their 2015 season one of the most successful in their club’s history.
Claiming the top individual award in the Championship Division was “Cricketer of the Year” Stephan Sooklal of Fulham Sports Club of the East/North East Zone, winners of the Reserve T20, runners-up in the First Team competition, and third placed in the Reserve T20.
The top performer in the Reserve Team competition was TulsiramPremnauth of Couva Sports in the North/Central Zone, overall champions, and runners-up in the First team and T20 tournaments respectively.
Cane Farm Sports Club, competing in the East/North East Zone also shared in the spotlight with Alcindo Holder grabbing the 50-Overs “Cricketer of the Year” honours, and was also among the “Five Cricketers of the Year” along with teammate TevonJadoo.
National League 2015
Reserve T20: 1 Valiants; 2 Barrackpore United; 3 MYO
Reserve: 1 GEML Cosmos Sports Club; 2 Barrackpore United; 3 Valiants Sports Club
First Team: 1 Valiants Sports Club; 2 F&E Diamond United Sports Club; 3 Yorkshire Sports Club
Sunday League Winners: 1 F&E Diamond Sports Club
Reserve T20: 1 Harvard; 2 Endeavour Sports Club; 3 Couva Sports Club
Reserve: 1 Couva Sports; 2 Harvard; 3 Defence Force
Sunday League Winners:1 Central Sports
Reserve T20: 1 Fulham Sports Club; 2 El Socorro Youth Movement; 3 Cane Farm Sports Club
Reserve: 1 El Socorro Youth Movement; 2 Cane Farm Sports Club; 3 Fulham Sports Club
First Team: 1 Cane Farm Sports Club; 2 Fulham Sports Club; 3 UTT
Sunday League Winners: 1 Cane Farm Sports Club
T20: Central Sports Club
50-Overs: Central Sports
Club of the Year: (PirtieRamnarinesingh Trophy) Central Sports
Five Cricketers of the Year
1 Darin Soogrim (Valiants Sports Club)
2 Jesse Harripersad (Cosmos Sports Club)
3 Vivian Boodramsingh (Fulhan Sports Club)
4 TulsiramPremnauth (Couva Sports)
5 Randy Harvey (Harvard)
Cricketer of the Year: TulsiramPremnauth (Couva Sports)
1 Stephan Sooklal (Fulhan Sports Club)
2 TevonJadoo (Cane Farm Sports Club)
3 Alcindo Holder (Cane Farm Sports Club)
4 Bryan Gayle (Diamond Sports Club)
5 Devon Clements (El Socorro Youth Movement)
Cricketer of the Year: Stephan Sooklal (Fulham Sports Club)
50-Overs Championship Cricketer of the year: Alcindo Holder (Cane Farm Sports Club)
Courts T20 Winners: Orange Valley Sports Club
THE TRINIDAD Tobago cricket selectors have announced a 13-man squad for the first two matches of the 2015-2016 West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Premier Cricket League Four-Day Tournament.
The T&T Red Force bowl off their campaign on Friday November 6 against the Leeward Islands at Warner Park in St Kitts; and than tackle Barbados at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown from Friday, November 14.
The team will be captained by allrounder Rayad Emrit and includes two overseas players, Kyle Hope of Barbados and Narsingh Deonarine of Guyana.
1 Rayad Emrit
2 Evin Lewis
3 Kjorn Ottley
4 Kyle Hope
5 Yannic Cariah
6 Narsingh Deonarine
7 Yannick Ottley
8 Imran Khan
9 Steven Katwaroo
10 Kavesh Kantasingh
11 Shannon Gabriel
12 Daniel St. Clair
13 Bryan Charles
OFFICIALS: Augustine Logie (Coach); Roland Sampath (Manager)
The penalty of bowling a no-ball cost West Indies the first one-day international against Sri Lanka which they lost narrowly by one wicket with seven balls to spare under the D/L method at the R Premadasa Stadium under lights.
Sri Lanka chasing a revised target of 163 went into the penultimate over requiring 11 to win off 12 balls and West Indies who were a bowler short following an injury to Andre Russell were forced to bring on Johnson Charles, a wicket-keeper/batsman who had never bowled in ODI cricket before.
The gamble of using a part time bowler at a crucial point cost West Indies the match as Charles not only started the over bowling a wide but off the fifth ball with Sri Lanka requiring eight to win he bowled a no-ball that cost his side three runs as batsman Ajantha Mendis ran two. Worse still the next ball was a free-hit and Mendis smashed it over deep mid wicket for six to signal a nerve-biting win for Sri Lanka.
Due to bad weather the match was reduced to a 26-over affair and West Indies put into bat first totaled 159-8 courtesy a fine knock of 41 off 24 balls (3 sixes, 3 fours) from Russell and an equally good innings of 36 off 13 balls (3 sixes, 2 fours) from skipper Jason Holder.
Sri Lanka leads the three-match series 1-0. The second game takes place at the same venue on November 4.
Phil Simmons will be reinstated as head coach of the West Indies Cricket team weeks after his suspension, according to a media report.
The report quoted "well-placed sources" within the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) as confirming that Simmons will resume his post as head coach, reports CMC.
The development follows a meeting between Simmons and the WICB Human Resource Committee after his public outburst in which he questioned the make-up of the One-Day International squad.
WICB sources were quoted as saying Simmons was warned about his outburst and was told that comments like those would not be tolerated in the future.