HARDWARE ON DISPLAY: Carapichaima East Secondary skipper Justin Joseph, left, and Barrackpore West Secondary captain Keron Kanhai, second from left, with the PowerGen Secondary Schools Cricket League Boys InterCol Twenty20 trophy along with Cunupia Secondary leader Rosemary Samaroo, second from right, and Cedros Secondary skipper Rashne Deojit with the Girls trophy, at a news conference at the Radisson Hotel, Port of Spain, yesterday. --Photo: ISHMAEL SALANDY

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SSCL champions to be crowned

By Roger Seepersad

The PowerGen Secondary Schools Cricket League reaches its climax on Friday when it will crown new Twenty20 InterCol Boys and Girls champions at Guaracara Park in Pointe-a-Pierre. In the Girls final, Cunupia Secondary, led by Rosemary Samaroo, will face Cedros Secondary, who are captained by Rashne Deojit. That match bowls off at 3 p.m.

After that, Keron Kanhai and his Barrackpore West Secondary outfit will tackle Justin Joseph and his Carapichaima East Secondary squad in the Boys final from 6:30 p.m.

For three of the schools involved, Cunupia, Cedros, and Carapichaima, it will be their first time in the final and they all want to give a good account. Joseph said Carapichaima have been doing their homework on their opponents and will be well prepared for the final. Likewise, Kanhai’s team are equally prepared and confident but will be hoping to avoid the same mistakes they made last year when they were runner-up to El Dorado East Secondary.

Meanwhile, both Girls teams feel they deserve to be champion after all the hard work they put in to reach the final. Despite all the hype surrounding the final, SSCL president Surujdath Mahabir told the players “whoever wins on Friday, it is just one victory, (remember) life continues and most importantly your education continues.”

PowerGen also celebrates their 18th consecutive year of sponsoring the league and Human Resources and Corporate Communications manager at PowerGen, Sonya Lequay, is pleased with what the league has done over the years.

“The Secondary Schools Cricket League allows us a glimpse into the future of cricketing talent,” she said during an SSCL press conference at the Radisson Hotel in Port of Spain, yesterday. “Our experience with sponsorship of the League assures us that the cricket talents we see today become stars of tomorrow. 

‘’This League is a beacon of hope that provides a positive outlet for the students of our nation’s secondary schools. We encourage more young people to pursue sporting activities as this provides an opportunity to learn discipline, develop teamwork, and improve general health and well-being,” added Lequay.

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