The finals of the inaugural T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) Powerplay tournament promised much but in the end Petrotrin took away a one-sided victory to land the first prize of $30,000. They hammered Angostura White Oak by nine wickets to the delight of their small band of supporters at the Queen’s Park Oval. Former national captain Daren Ganga again tasted success at the T20 level, as he led his team admirably during this tournament.
After restricting Angostura to 109 for seven off their 20 overs, Petrotrin openers Evin Lewis and Mario Belcon went to work. Belcon using that strong bottom hand led the scoring, while Lewis was sedate for the most part. They formed the perfect foil for one another, as they added 97 runs for the first wicket off 14 overs. Belcon in the process brought up a robust half century off 41 balls with seven fours. He left bowled by Derone Davis for 68 but he had already handed the Oilmen their silverware. His final figures read 68 off 52 balls with ten fours. Lewis remained unbeaten on 29 off 49 balls with one four and a six, while Lincoln Roberts (one not out) was with him when the victory came.
Earlier, Angostura won the toss and decided to take first strike but lost wickets at regular intervals. It took a 35-run partnership between skipper Rayad Emrit and Navin Stewart to give them a fighting chance. Emrit scored 22 off 32 balls with one four and one six, while Stewart was very entertaining striking 37 off 36 balls with one four and three sixes. Apart from these two, only William Perkins 16 off 15 balls got a start. The best of the bowlers for Petrotrin was left arm spinner Yannick Ottley with 3/17, while left arm unorthodox spinner Dave Mohammed bowled very tidy indeed and took one for 12 off four overs.
SCORES: Angostura 107/9 (20ovs)(Navin Stewart 37, Rayad Emrit 22, William Perkins 15, Yannick Ottley 3/17, Daron Cruickshank 2/28, Dave Mohammed 1/12)) vs Petrotrin 111/1 (18.1ovs)(Mario Belcon 68, Evin Lewis 29no, Derone Davis 1/11)—Petrotrin won by 9 wkts.
Petrotrin wins TTCB Powerplay title. Second place: Angostura White Oak Third place: Carib Bears Fourth place: Trini Posse Man-of-match: Mario Belcon Mazda Moment: Navin Stewart Bowler of the tournament: Kavesh Kantasingh
Batsman of the tournament: Evin Lewis