El Dorado East Secondary will look for their second straight PowerGen Secondary Schools Cricket League (SSCL) InterCol Twenty20 title tomorrow when they face Championship Division side Barrackpore West Secondary in tomorrow’s final at Guaracara Park, Pointe-a-Pierre from 6.30 p.m.
But the girls’ competition will see new champions as Naparima Girls High School failed to make the final. Instead, Fyzabad Composite will take on Barrackpore East for the title at the same venue. Their match bowls off first, at 3 p.m., an hour after the opening ceremony is scheduled to begin.
The teams had a chance to size up the competition yesterday at the pre-tournament final press conference at Marriott Regency Hotel, Mucurapo, with all four captains promising to bring home their respective trophies.
“We don’t have big names but we have a well-knit group, we play together as a team, play as a unit,” said Barrackpore West captain Keron Kanhai, who wished El Dorado the best, but promised to dethrone them.
For the second year running, El Dorado have a Championship team standing between them and the 20-over title, and according to vice-captain Reshawn Baptiste, they are keen to keep the trophy at their school.
Among the girls, Barrackpore East skipper Sarada Mahadeo promised to “do the talking with bat and ball”, while her opposite number Prudence Flemming wants to take the girls’ trophy back to the “Village of Bush” in Fyzabad.
PowerGen general manager Fitzroy Harewood told the gathering that the “future” will play in tomorrow’s finals. And he urged them to ensure their academics do not suffer.
“Students, I encourage you to set a positive example for your peers that is worthy of emulation,” said Harewood. “Maintain the highest standards both on and off the pitch, and balance studies with your sporting pursuits. Despite your talent, know that there is no substitute for a solid educational background.”
Sookoo Sonnylal, president of the SSCL, thanked the sponsors for their support stretching back to 1996, which he said allowed the League to “embark on ambitious development projects, which have been bearing fruit”.
Sonnylal also saluted the teachers, managers and coaches who have worked tirelessly to bring their teams to the final, as mentors and support to the students.