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Central Zone to crown new T20 champions

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NEW champions will be crowned when Central Zone of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board stages its T20 final on Good Friday (April 14) at the Monroe Road Recreation Ground in Cunupia. Undefeated Chickland come up against Marchin Patriots, formerly Spoilers, from 1.30 pm and the winners will take up the mantle which was surrendered […]

NEW champions will be crowned when Central Zone of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board stages its T20 final on Good Friday (April 14) at the Monroe Road Recreation Ground in Cunupia.

Undefeated Chickland come up against Marchin Patriots, formerly Spoilers, from 1.30 pm and the winners will take up the mantle which was surrendered by BFL Sports, last year’s champions who were promoted.

Chickland are favoured to win, after beating Marchin in the opening group stage of the tournament and will be depending heavily on the batting skills of their two 21-year-olds Joshua “Doo Doo” Alexis and Jessie Fletcher.

Alexis has been the batting star of the T20 tournament so far striking an explosive 102 not out   in the group stage and followed it up with an undefeated 80 in the semi-finals against Endeavour.

He also showed his talent with the ball grabbing three wickets for 19 runs to propel his team into the championship match.

But Marchin Patriots will be no pushovers after showing strength of character and fighting qualities to scrape into the into the last eight by net run rate after losing their first two matches in the preliminary rounds of the tournament.

Ranked No 3, they booked their placed in the final against No 1 Chickland by sweeping aside second ranked Caroni Conquerors.

Marchin will be boosted by the return of former West Indies and national opening batsman Suruj Ragoonath, who shone in last year’s final for BFL. Also, lending some experience in the line-up are Param Rampersad and inform overseas player Ryan Hercules.

 

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