Six up-and-coming young cricketers, including USA international, Steven Taylor, and Canadian, Nikhil Dutta, will have the chance to play with and against some of the biggest names in world cricket after being added to the Hero CPL squads after impressing in training camp.
Each franchise welcomed four local under-19 players, and one young player from ICC Americas Associate nations, for training camp, with the incentive of a full CPL contract for one lucky player from each team. Amongst the players joining wicketkeeper-batsman, Taylor (Barbados Tridents), and off-spinner, Dutta (Zouks) are West Indies Under-19 player of the year, Shimron Hetmeyer (Guyana Amazon Warriors), and former West Indies Under-19 captain, Ramaal Lewis (Jamaica Tallawahs).
The six players that have been selected are:
Barbados Tridents: Steven Taylor – USA
Guyana Amazon Warriors: Shimron Hetmeyer, Guyana
Jamaica Tallawahs: Ramaal Lewis, Jamaica
St Kitts & Nevis Patriots: Nikhil Dutta, Canada
St Lucia Zouks: Gidron Pope, St Vincent
Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel: Mark Deyal, Trinidad
Tom Moody, CPL Director of Cricket, said: “Competition for a place in the CPL squads has been fierce. The coaches have been very impressed with the quality of young players on show, so it was hard to narrow it down to one player per squad. These six guys have a fantastic opportunity to make a name for themselves on the big stage, and we wish them all the best for CPL 2015.”
The Biggest Party in Sport kicked off on Saturday with defending champions, Barbados Tridents, defeating Guyana Amazon Warriors at Kensington Oval in a repeat of last year’s final. At the Hero CPL, global superstars including Kevin Pietersen, Jacques Kallis and Shahid Afridi will join the Caribbean’s finest cricketers, like Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo, and exciting up-and-coming local talent.
Fans have been given an even greater reason to be at the games this year with the CPL’s recently announced ‘Catch a Million’ competition, the biggest ever sports promotion in the Caribbean. The first fan at every match who catches a six, one-handed, will earn US $1000 on the spot, as well as the chance to go to Trinidad for the final. If they catch another six, one-handed, in the final, they will be presented with US$1 million!
CPL 2015 runs from 20th June to 26th July. Last year’s tournament attracted a global audience in excess of 65 million and this year is set to be even higher as fans across the world continue to be drawn to the high quality action on the pitch and the unique party atmosphere off it.
Fitness fanatics and Digicel Burn die-hards can pull out the exercise gear as the Digicel CPL Summer Burn returns to the Queen’s Park Savannah (Opposite TGI Friday). The popular Burn begins on Monday July 6th and will run for five consecutive Mondays from 5:00pm- 6:00pm.
Instructors from the Long Circular Club Gym will be on hand to take participants through the fun and exciting workout routines. As is customary the Digicel CPL Summer Burn will feature a new team challenge each week with the winner qualifying to participate in the final challenge for a chance to walk away with the grand cash prize.
The Digicel CPL Summer Burn promises fun for the entire family with prizes and giveaways to be won as well as the introduction of the Digicel Bowl Out Alley.
They came out firing from the opening whistle.
Eleven goals were scored on the opening night and the promised entertaining football was delivered.
The Women's Premier League stamped its authority on the local football scene with an exciting double header in which national standouts Maylee Attin-Johnson and Tasha St. Louis were among the goalscorers.
The action stays at the St. James Barracks for the midweek clash between Petrotrin Oilers and Wave FC.
The Oilers, though a development team, will feature national players such as the Debesette twins and Karyn Forbes, up and coming athletes like Keri Myers, Shalette Alexander, Victoria Swift and Shanelle Henry and American Stephanie Bonilla.
Wave FC, captained by Kennya Cordner, will want to recover and get on the scoresheet after their 3-0 defeat to Attin-Johnson's Angels on the opening night.
The women enjoyed some down time over the long weekend, visiting Maracas Beach and playing football tennis at the team hotel.
Some also journeyed to Guaracara Park on Saturday to participate in Petrotrin's Women's Football Development event, distributing prizes and interacting with the young players.
Emily Cota, goalkeeper for Rush enjoyed the outing, saying "We had a great time. We felt a bit like celebrities because the girls were so excited to see us! But I'm very proud to be able to inspire and influence the next generation of footballers."
The next WPL fixture between Petrotrin Oilers and Wave FC kicks off at 6pm at the St. James Barracks. Admission is free.
HILLPIECE Sports Club are eyeing a successful defence of the Clarke Road Community T20 Cricket League title and a rich $20,000 first prize.
The competition which is endorsed by leading Premiership Division team First Citizens Clarke Road whose members are the organisers of the second annual unique tournament, is open only to community based cricket teams in the district.
It offers an opportunity for lesser known cricketers to engage in their favourite sport at a competitive level and also highlight their talent since those who have competed in the Premiership and Championship divisions of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board competitions are prohibited from playing.
According to BaldathMahabir, president of First Citizens Clarke Road, 20 village clubs have registered, representing an increase in the number which took part last year. The league will be played over seven weeks.
Mahabir, an executive member of the T&TCB and a director on the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB),in his short address at the opening of the League on Friday night at the Wilson Road Recreation Ground, praised the leadership team of the CommunityT20 League.
He also pledged the full support of First Citizens Clarke Road, to make the event a successful one.The league, sponsored mainly by district business houses including Gulf Paving & Concrete Limited, offers a first prize of $20,000 with $10,000 on offer for the runners-up and $6,000 going to the third placed team.
Among the other incentives is a “Man-of-the-Match” award which will be handed over after every match of the entire competition.
The participants are divided into four groups of five teams each and matches are played every night, starting at 7 pm at the Wilson Road Recreation Ground. Also each match is presided over by qualified umpires.
Mahabir said that the Clarke Road Community T20League is providing a big boost for cricket in the district, as well as for local businesses which stand to benefit from increased patronage with large crowds of supporters flocking the competition venue each night.
The results of the TTWCA T20 final matches 2015 are noted below along with winners of TTWCA 2015 competitions.
T20 Championship Final
Preysal Achievers defeated Players Sports by 5 wickets
Players Sports 104/ 5 (20 overs)
Monica Rajoo 50, Shania Abdool 24
Reanna Farrow 1/15, Renelle Dookie 1/19, April Ramoutar 1/19,CrystalAnnamally 1/26
Preysal Achievers 105/5 (17.1overs)
Shania Augustus 39, Reanna Farrow 30
Rae Ann Ramharack 2/22, Shania Abdool 2/13
T20 Premiership Final
Preysal Phoenix defeated Moosai Sports by 8 wickets
Moosai Sports 106/7 (20 overs)
Amanda Samaroo 28, Leeann Kirby 23, Kirbynia Alexander 17, Kamara Ragoobar 14 no
Shenelle Lord 2/34, Felicia Walters 1/15, Leandra Ramdeen 1/20
Presyal Phoenix 109/2 (16overs)
Reneice Boyce 33, Britney Cooper 28, Merissa Aguilleira 18 no, Shenelle Lord 15 no
Karishma Ramharack 1/20
Winners of TTWCA Competitions 2015
Sixes competition: Winner -Preysal Phoenix
50 overs League: Winner - Preysal Phoenix
30 Overs Knock-Out: Winner -Preysal Phoenix
T20: Winner- PreysalPhoenix
40 Overs League: Winner- Preysal Achievers
30 overs League: Winner -Players Sports
T20: Winner- Preysal Achievers