Despite losing five of their senior players this season, CLICO Preysal have still managed to win the North Central Championship Division to earn their place in the Premier Division for next year.
The Central-based club defeated Police by an innings and five runs in their penultimate match of the season over the weekend to take an unassailable 29-point lead at the top of the North Central standings.
The feat was even more impressive and special for the community-based club after they lost five of their top players when they were demoted to the Championship Division at the end of the 2012 season.
Yannick Ottley, Kjorn Ottley, Yannic Cariah, Steven Katwaroo and Kristopher Ramsaran all left the club this year.
The club’s CEO Camal Basdeo said they were happy to see the younger players step up and noted that they used five schoolboys during the season as they try to blood new players to represent the team in the top flight next year.
“We had three or four senior players and then about five schoolboys in the side. They were focused on their task. We did not lose a game in the Championship so at the end of it, to win, it was great feeling for all concerned...we really celebrated it because this only comes once in a while.”
The five schoolboys in the Preysal team were all-rounder Bryan Charles and Justin Joseph, pacer Philton Williams, Ronald Ramcharan and 14-year-old Saiba Batoosingh.
Also earning promotion to the Premier Division were Munroe Road Cricket Club, who won the East North East Championship with a match to spare.
The South Championship Division is still undecided after leaders Jenexcon Tableland lost first innings points to Valiants in their match over the weekend.
Tableland, who are in their first season in the Championship Division, are still in a good position to clinch the title.
They play former Premier Division club Rahamut’s Evergreen in the final round next week needing just seven points to confirm their place at the top of the standings.