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Daniel Leads Tobago’s C&B to Courts T20 Crown

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CAPTAIN of C&B United Marcus Daniel walked away with the lion’s share of awards after his team from Bon Accord, Tobago defeated Progressive of Cedros by 38 runs in the final of the keenly contested Courts-sponsored Inter Club T20 cricket tournament. Daniel collected a laptop computer after being adjudged winner of the “Golden Bat” award […]

CAPTAIN of C&B United Marcus Daniel walked away with the lion’s share of awards after his team from Bon Accord, Tobago defeated Progressive of Cedros by 38 runs in the final of the keenly contested Courts-sponsored Inter Club T20 cricket tournament.

Daniel collected a laptop computer after being adjudged winner of the “Golden Bat” award for the most runs scored (136) in the tournament for winners and runners-up of the Championship Division clubs in the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board competitions.

And the allrounder also collected a 40-inch flat-screen smart television set for emerging the “Most Valuable Player” with five wickets to his name from his penetrative off-spin in addition to his 136-run tally.

The other big contributor to the title win on Saturday night at the National Cricket Centre ground in Balmain, Couva was C&B’s Anthony Providence who copped the “Man- of-the-Match”’ award with a game-winning knock of 30 runs and a haul of three wickets for a measly ten runs.

The Tobagonians pocketed the $25,000. first prize, challenge trophy and gold medals after posting 143 for nine wickets in their allotted 20 overs, put in to bat after Progressive won the toss in a match played under lights.

At one stage C&B never looked like reaching a challenging total after being pegged back by Peter Grimes who took three wickets for 22 runs in his three overs, and were 72 for four wickets after 12 overs.

But a 50-run fifth-wicket partnership from Kerry Cordner (37) and Anthony Providence (20), put the innings back on track, and later Daniel (21) added 33 with Cordner for the fifth wicket to ensure that the boys from Cedros would have a big task on their hand chasing a winning target.

In the end, they did make a run for the title with Grimes having a wonderful match scoring a stroke-filled 43, studded with five boundaries and one maximum, while Ian Diaz made a quickfire 17.

However, C&B captain Daniel took three for 26 and together with MOM Providence stifled the Progressive batsmen who capitulated in 16 overs for just 105 to hand their opponents a well-deserved victory and vindication after being defeated in the final three years ago.

After the victory, team captain Daniel singled out Cordner and Providence for their consistency throughout the tournament backed up by their colleagues who worked hard at their game and executed their game plans to perfection.

He also made a pitch for Tobago cricket saying that there is a lot of talent on the island but the cricketers suffer from a lack of exposure and are at a disadvantage playing their counterparts in Trinidad who have the benefit of competing in tournaments throughout the year.

He said next up for C&B will be the TV6 sponsored Community T10 tournament in September/October when they hope to create another huge upset and giver another big boost to cricket in the sister isle.

There were three other major prizes distributed on Saturday night with Javed Khan of finalists Progressive nabbing the “Golden Arm” award and a 40-inch flat-screen television set for the most wickets (7) in the tournament, while Javed Khan had the best economy rate for a bowler taking six wickets, and a Samsung Tablet hand-held device, for his miserly 4.92 runs per wicket.

In the Mega Six shoot-out that preceded the final, Sidel Diaz of Woodland, hit the winner 125 metres, while Kyle Dorna of Nazarite was a distant second with a blast of 95 metres. Third was Rishi mannah of Savannah Boys who registered a hit of 86 metres.

Public Relations Officer of Courts Fazad Mohammed was on spot to help in the presentation of awards along with Dr Allen Sammy, first vice-president of the TTCB; Arjoon Ramlal, TTCB general secretary; and Parasram Singh, president of the Umpires and Scorers’ Association.

Tournament director was TTCB Cricket Operations Officer Dudnath Ramkessoon.

For placing runners-up Progressive collected $15,000. and silver medals; while losing semi-finalist Nazarite and He

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