Cunaripo snares North East cricket title
CUNARIPO Sports was adjudged “Team of the Year” when the North East Zonal Council of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board staged their 31st annual presentation of awards function last Saturday at Guaico Secondary School in Turure, Sangre Grande.
By virtue of winning the Senior Division of the North East Zone competition, Cunaripo has been promoted to the Championship Division, where they will campaign in the upcoming 2014 season.
Among their top performers were Arvind Kumar, who scored a season’s best 209 runs to cop the award for the highest individual score, while teammate Devon Nelson emerged the highest scorer in the Sunday League with 296 runs to help Cunaripo share the title with Unique Sports after rain washed out the final.
The outstanding performers were celebrated at Saturday’s gala function, which was attended by Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) president Azim Bassarath--who delivered the feature address--CEO of the Sangre Grande Regional Corporation Jameel Ameeral.
Newly-elected president of the T&T Umpires and Scorers Association Parasram Singh, TTCB treasurer Sukesh Maniam, executive member Tarandath Sammy, national coach national senior cricket team coach Kelvin Williams, and outgoing secretary of the Zone John Lewis were also in attendance.
Chairman of the North East Zonal Council Arjoon Ramlal, who is also the general secretary of the TTCB, declared that the 2013 season was a very successful one for the sport and despite the inclement weather, the zone was still capable of completing all their major competitions.
He highlighted the performances of “Club of the Year” Cunaripo Sports and the success of the Cunaripo Presbyterian School, which captured the Primary Schools Championship in emphatic fashion.
Ramlal also said the zone was proud that three of their players: Amrit Kistow (Under-15), Amrish Rampersad (Under-17) and Brandon Ramdial (Under-19), all made national youth teams.
The zone chairman said his executive is eagerly looking forward to the 2014 season and thanked his administrators for their yeoman service, which has resulted in creating more opportunities for the young men and women of the locality to excel at their sport of choice.
In his feature address Bassarath paid tribute to Ramlal and the entire North East Zone for setting the bar high in terms of moving the development of the sport of cricket and for establishing themselves as a pillar of support for the TTCB.
He said other zones would do well to learn from the North East Zonal Council as their successes of the last season could attest to their dedication and hard work, which is bearing rich fruits and augurs well for the future.
Bassarath, who was recently re-elected for a third term of office outlined the extended run of success of the national cricket team along with other outstanding achievements by the age group and women’s teams in regional competitions.
He declared that cricket is alive and well and will continue to attract the young children of the nation seeking an alternative path to crime and drugs despite what he found was unfair criticism levelled at the board and efforts to starve it of funds.
Bassarath again appealed for all major stakeholders in cricket to pull together for the benefit of the sport and to put aside all differences and animosity that may have been generated in the lead-up to the national executive elections of October 26, which was won by his Movement for Change.
North East Honour Roll
Five Male Cricketers of the Year:
Gavin DeVerteuil-Mixtures-253 runs/50 wkts
Ricardo Maikoo-Unique Sports-479 runs/34 wkts
Wendell Alleyne-Fishing Pond EBG-372 runs/58 wkts
Brendon De La Rosa-Dreadnoughts-638 runs/44 wkts
Ravi Khan-Youth Sports-804 runs/29 wkts
Cricketer of the Year: Ravi Khan
Winners: Cunaripo Sports
Runners up: Unique Sports
Third Place: Youth Sports
Most Runs: Ravi Khan-Youth Sports-402 runs
Avind Kumar-Cunaripo Sports-43
Best Bowling: Aleem Gafoor-Unique Sports-21.2-11-67-11
Best Wicketkeeper: Hyron Baptiste-Unique Sports-20 dismissals
Best Allrounder: Gavin DeVerteuil-Mixtures-213 runs/43 wkts
Runners up: Sunrisers
Third Place: Fishing Pond
Most Runs: Brendon De La Rosa-Dreadnoughts-443
Highest Score: Daniel Robinson-Juniors-137 n.o., vs Rovers
Most Wickets: Wendell Alleyne-EBG-156-16-624-50
Best Bowling: Brian Edwards-Dreadnoughts-41-9-122-16 (Ave 7.63)
Best Allrounder: Wendell Alleyne-EBG-331 runs/50 wkts
Special Awards: Anisa Mohammed, Alisa Mohammed, Melissa Sandy (Female Cricketers)
Academic Awards: Brandon Ramdial, Kevin Persad, Amrsh Rampersad
Coach of the Year: Ravi Motilal
Umpire of the Year: Prudiencio Cedeno
Administrator of the Year: Sunil Rampersad
Statistician of the Year: Hasra Rampersad
Club of the Year: Cunaripo Sports Club
Courts National T20: Clevon Vialva
Under-13: Dillon Partap-Cunaripo Presbyterian School
Under-15: Kristoff Lewis-Hillview College
Under-17: Amrish Rampersad-Hillview College
Under-19: Warren Phillip-Matura High
Primary School Cricketers of the Year:
Male: Andy Mahase-Cunaripo Presbyterian
Female: Ria Boodram-Cunaripo Presbyterian
National Team Selectees:
Under-15: Amrit Kistow
Under-17: Amrish Rampersad
Under-19: Brandon Ramdial
Youth Cricketer of the Year: Amrit Kistow
Rookie of the Year: Wesley Romero, Youth Sports, 209 runs
Hat-tricks: Rajiv Singh, Unique
Jevon Fortune, Dreadnoughts
Amrish Rampersad, Youth Sports
Senior Division (Reserve Team):
All Stars Sports Club
Most Runs: Davan Willie-All Stars-275 runs
Highest Score: Davan Willie-All Stars-163 n.o. vs Montgomery
Best Bowlers: Vikash Maraj-Cunaripo Sports-27.2-9-46-10
Cunaripo Sports & Unique Sports
Most runs: Devon Nelson-Cunaripo Sports-296
Highest score: Devon Nelson-Cunaripo sports-94 vs Swansea
Most Wickets: Deonarine Ramlochan-All Stars-16 (26.4-4-79-16)
Runners up: All Stars
Most Runs: Clevon Vialva-Sunrisers-254
Highest Score: Kevin Robinson-Fishing Pond EBG-132
Most Wickets: Clevon Vialva-Sunrisers-11
Man of the Match (Final): Wesley Thomas-Sunrisers-38 runs/ 4-0-9-4