blink | bmobile Helps Promote Community Camaraderie with support of T10 Community Cricket League

Cougar's Captain Kerwin Simmons receives his cheques for $2,500 courtesy blink I bmobile

West Indies batsman, Lendl Simmons recently came out to support his local community team, Cane Farm Cougars, which featured in the finals of the TV6 T10 Community Cricket League, of which blink | bmobile is a sponsor. The final took place on Sunday 19th October at the Avidesh Samaroo Ground, Chaguanas, between the Cougars and Charlieville Same Side.

Simmons, who’s older brother and inspiration, Kerwin, is the captain of the Cane Farm Cougars, expressed his satisfaction with the community tournament, describing it as a very good initiative that the teams, communities and young players can only benefit from.

“I’m here because my community (Cane Farm) is playing; that’s where I was born and grew up, that is where I learned to play cricket,” said Simmons. “I think it’s a nice atmosphere here. It’s a nice ground to play on and so far the cricket has been very lively. It’s a good thing to have the communities come out and play and I can only see this tournament getting bigger and better, with good things to come.”

The WI Opener also has two nephews, Kerron and Keagan Simmons playing with the Cougars. Other national players who came out to support the tournament included T&T 50- over skipper Rayad Emrit and opener Evin Lewis.

The competition was created to bring together communities, and provide an opportunity for non-professional players to showcase their talents. So far, the standard of cricket has been high and has encouraged more and more fans in and around the communities to come out and support the various teams.

blink | bmobile Acting Executive Vice-President of Service Operations, Kirtson George was in high praise of the tournament, explaining that it is just the sort of thing blink | bmobile is always excited to get involved in as it is a way of giving back to the local communities and contributing to the development of T&T.

“The tournament is a great concept, the atmosphere is great and everything is really going good so far,” said George. “It’s obvious that everyone here is enjoying themselves, the quality of play is excellent and it has really brought the communities out.”

Bashir Mohammed, Executive Vice-President of Corporate Support Services, echoed George’s sentiments, endorsing the high standard of play exhibited by the local teams. “For non professionals, I am very pleased with what I am seeing out there,” said Mohammed. “The players clearly know what they are doing, and are going about their game in a very professional manner.”

In the first semi-final match, Debe Young Warriors won the toss against Cane Farm Cougars and opted to bat first. They lost wickets consistently however and only managed to put 48 on the board for the loss of 6 wickets at the end of their 10 overs. Ravendra Siew top scored with 13, hitting one six and one four in his brief innings, but it was Tevon Jadoo with an economy rate of 0.50 and one wicket, along with Brent Beharry who finished with two scalps to his name, who would be the stars of the first innings.

In reply, Cane Farm made very light work of the Debe total, getting there for the loss of just one wicket in 7 overs. Ziyaad Ali top scored and was not out on 28, while his partner at the other end, Keagan Simmons, finished not out on 17. Ali was later named Man-of-the-Match.

In the second semi-final match, Charlieville Same Side earned their berth in the final with a convincing 9-wicket win over the Canaan/Bon Accord Enforcers. Enforcers won the toss and decided to bat first; producing what seemed to be a decent total of 67/3 in their 10 overs thanks to aggressive knocks from Shaquille Duncan (24) and skipper Marcus Daniel (20). But Ronald Ganpath’s 18 runs off 9 deliveries quickly tilted the game in Same Side’s favour from the start of their run chase. Ganpath was eventually stumped off the bowling of Raj Singh, but his replacement, Geno Balram proved to be even more of a pain for the Enforcers as he smashed 3 sixes and 3 fours to race to 33 off 14 balls and handed Same Side their spot in the final in just 6.4 overs.

The semi-final matches undoubtedly set the stage for an action packed final, with a number of players making their presence felt and showing that talent abounds in T&T’s Communities.

Summarized Scores:

Debe Young Warriors 48/6 (10 overs) (Ravendra Siew 13, Jaipersad Beharry 12; Beharry 2-0-12- 2) vs Cane Farm Cougars 51/1 (7 overs) (Ziyaad Ali 28, Keagan Simmons 17; Ronnie Siewjattan 2-0-13-1)

Canaan/Bon Accord Enforcers 67/3 (10 overs) (Shaquille Duncan 24, Marcus Daniel 20) vs Charlieville Same Side 68/1 (6.4 overs) (Ronald Ganpath 18, Geno Balram 33)

Marcus Daniel, Captain of the Bon Accord Enforcers, displays impressive form

The competition between both teams is fierce

Param Rampersad, Captain of CSS receives a cheque from blink | bmobile’s Bashir Mohammed

These Cougar spectators are all smiles