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A champion will be crowned this weekend as bmobile’s 2017 T10CCL tourney peaks

Port of Spain, Trinidad, January 26, 2018

 

The top four teams of the 2017 bmobile T10 Community Cricket League (T10CCL) climax their journey towards Sunday’s highly anticipated final after playoff round matches bowl off at Avidesh Samaroo Park, Endeavour, Chaguanas, today (Friday), from 4pm.

Vice President of Marketing at TSTT, Camille Campbell, lauded the achievements of the four remaining teams and credited their hard work and dedication on reaching the playoffs.

“The level of competitiveness and skill on display throughout the tournament thus far has been impeccable. The competition has also provided a platform for young and seasoned players alike to market their sporting talents throughout the island. This is why we have again included a $5,000 scholarship prize of sporting equipment for a Youth MVP. bmobile is happy to see fans rallying behind their respective teams. Congratulations to all the participating teams of the entire T10CCL Tournament and may the best team win on Sunday. Good luck to you all,” declared Campbell.

                                                                    

In the opening clash, Barrackpore-based Valleyline Smashers square off against California Kingsmen for an automatic spot into Sunday’s title match. Valleyline, having previously captured the prestigious $20,000 jackpot in 2015, are determined to replicate their form once more at this year’s edition. California Kingsmen however, are also gunning for top honours, having reached the playoffs for the first time in their second appearance at the T10CCL.

The former is the only team of this year’s final four to have played in every version of the tournament and they will be led by skipper Gayapersad Ramnarine, while the latter is being captained by Alvardo Bryce.

“Teamwork has been our key to success this year and we are aiming for the win and punching a direct ticket into the final,” said a quietly confident Ramnarine. “We already beat the Kingsmen earlier this season and we believe we can do it again. We’re a well connected team and are committed to going out there once more and executing our plan.”

Manager of the California squad, Suraj Ramadhar, expressed similar sentiments but lamented that inclement weather over the past two weeks prevented proper outdoor training for the team. But, with Bryce leading the charge with the bat and Dianand Mahase in great form with the ball, the Kingsmen have proven to be a reckoning force.

“We’re excited to be in the playoffs because we’ve never reached this far,” he explained. “We were still able to get some work done at the indoor nets and also played a practice match against Caldrac Club. Our plan is to score as much given the opportunity to bat first or restrict their batsman if we open the bowling.”

In the second encounter from 8pm, defending champions Mayaro Mavericks meet league debutants Toco Tornadoes as both teams fight for tournament survival in the ‘Eliminator’. However, the winner of this duel will have one more hurdle to overcome to book a spot in the trophy match. Victory for either one of these teams will see them go up against the loser of today’s (Friday) opening clash, tomorrow (Saturday), at the same location from 7.30pm.

The 2016 winners are being led by star batsman Ellon Lewis, sibling of national and West Indian player, Evin Lewis, while Toco are commandeered by Jason Beckles.

Manager of the Mayaro unit, Indra Ramsingh-Geoffroy, expressed confidence in her outfit but admitted that their opponents will pose a definite challenge in their chances of retaining the crown.

 “We are aware that there are four strong teams remaining. Toco has a good team but we believe that we have the players to win. The players had a practise match yesterday evening and we’re determined to do everything possible to win the game. In cricket, anything could happen but we want the title to stay in Mayaro,” stated Ramsingh-Geoffroy.

Meanwhile, David Thomas, manager of Toco Tornadoes, eagerly anticipates his team’s berth in the T10CCL playoffs. Their squad is heavily reliant on the Sangre Grande-based Pattia brothers, which features Chris Pattia – the competition’s current leading run scorer (203 runs) and holder of Most Sixes (20) accolade thus far. They also contain a wealth of all-round talent, some of whom – like most other teams – have just completed service at the UWI T20 Invitational.

“We are positive and raring to go,” said Thomas. “At the start of our campaign we set goals to reach the playoffs and we have achieved them. Now our plans have changed and we’ve set sights on capturing the crown. This would help us significantly as it would put our players and club on the map and help us with some advertising and corporate sponsors. We just have to maintain the same mindset we used throughout the competition. We’re going to attack better, use the system to our benefit and use our players wisely.”

The championship match for the 2017 T10CCL bowls off at the Avidesh Samaroo Grounds in Endeavour, Chaguanas, on Sunday, from 7.30pm.