Former T&T all-rounder Navin ‘Gonzalo’ Stewart won his 17th title since winning the US Open T20 title in 2018 with the California Bears after he led Potomac to the Washington Cricket League crown, a week ago in the United States.
In the semi-finals, Stewart grabbed two wickets and took two catches to take Potomac to the final with a narrow one-wicket win over DC Capitals.
In the final, he thumped 15 not out off six balls to help his team rattle up 193/3 in their 20 overs against Titans. The Titan outfit could only respond with 121 all out, losing the title match by 72 runs.
Stewart started his purple patch in December 2018, when he turned in a “Man of the Match” performance to lead the California Bears to the US Open T20 title.
Last year, he won 14 titles including another US Open T20 title in December, this time with Somerset Cavaliers.
This year his cricket, as is the case with players all over the world, has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and his appearances limited. He still managed to take the Rainforest Rangers to the Bago T10 title in Scarborough, Tobago. On this occasion, he choose a number of young players and led by example hitting four half-centuries and taking them to the title.
Also this year, he has won the Labour Day T20 in New York and the Washington Cricket League.
He is particularly pleased with his latest efforts saying: “I really enjoy playing with Potomac. This is a very professional set up. The owner Rajit Passey is truly a wonderful human being and takes care of his players. We love going out there to fight with him and winning this title for him was really pleasing.
“We look forward to winning many more titles for him in the future.”
Semifinals: DC Capitals 128 all out (19.5) vs Potomac CC 130/9 (Navin Stewart 2/34) – Potomac won by one wicket.
Final: Potomac 193/3 (20) vs Titans 121 all out (17.2) – Potomac won by 72 runs.