CRB Progressive cricket team of Cedros who will play C&B of Tobago in the final of the Courts Inter Club T20 cricket final on Friday at the National Cricket Centre in Balmain, Couva
TOBAGO cricket side C&B Sports of Canaan/Bon Accord are quietly confident of bagging the $25,000 winners’ purse when they come up against CRB Progressive of Cedros in the final of the Courts sponsored Inter Club T20 cricket competition on Friday (July 14) from 7 pm at the National Cricket Centre in Balmain Couva.
Marcus Daniel, captain of C&B outfit said he is not underestimating their opponents but believes that they will come out on top should they continue to play consistently as they have been doing throughout the tournament.
“We have a young team with an average age of 25, including two exciting Under-19s in Shakeel Carrington and Brian Williams. We will also be welcoming back one of our leading batsmen Ako George who was missed because of work commitments. So, we will be up to full strength,” said Daniel.
In their semi-final match-up last week, C&B beat Hermitage Youth Organisation by four wickets with seven balls to spare to continue their remarkable run and stake a claim to the championship honours, for the second time in the tournament’s history.
HYO, batting first chalked up 138 for three wickets in their 20 overs with Brian Deosaran top-scoring with an undefeated 40 runs while Under-19 player Leonardo Julien made 34 and Javed Mohammed tallied 32. Adrian Adams also contributed to the score with 18 not out.
For C&B Anthony Providence took one wicket for 24 while Joel Boyce snatched one for 22 to restrict the HYO batsmen to a manageable score on the slow NCC wicket.
In their run chase, C&B reached 139 for six in 19 overs with captain Marcus Daniel leading the way with an unbeaten 37 while Kerry Cordner notched up 31, and Anthony Providence scored 25. R Singh also contributed 13 not out
The HYO bowling top by Javed Mohammed (2 for 23) and Sterling Bissoon (2 for 32) while Brian Deosaran took one for 24.
Daniel said his team is fine-tuning its strategy on how to approach the final and will seriously consider batting first on the sprawling NCC ground, should they win the toss, with the expectation of posting a good score and successfully defending it with their trio of able-bodied spinners who have been stifling opposing batsmen.
Allrounder Daniel has emerged the driving force behind C&B’s resurgence after he struggled with his batting because of work, and then got married and became a proud father. But since his return C&B have finished in the top four of the two-day Tobago League, won the T20 competition and reached the semi-finals of the 40-Overs tournament.
Meanwhile, Progressive who beat Nazarite of the South West Zone in their semi-final, are hoping to win one for the club which celebrates its 50th anniversary next year. According to manager Neil Khan, they have coped well after losing one of their top run-scorers Brent Harris who left for Canada on a work programme.
Khan said their other top batsman Peter Grimes, along with wicketkeeper Christian Jurisingh and Ian Diaz are expected to bear the burden of the batting while bowlers Javed Khan and Regel Brown will be relied upon to keep the C&B batsmen at bay.
Dudnath Ramkessoon, Cricket Operation Manager of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board said prior to the final on Friday, from 6 pm, the biggest hitters in the tournament will be bidding for attractive prizes in a Mega Six competition.
And following the final, there will be presentations to the “Man-of-the-Match,” and the outstanding batsman, highest wicket-taker and the bowler with the most economical rate in the tournament.