DHAKA—West Indies players Evin Lewis and Marlon Samuels both stroked half-centuries to power their respective franchises to victories in the Bangladesh Premier League yesterday.
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NGC fuels $150,000 in prizes for domestic T20
The winners of the domestic T20 tournament, which bowls off next week, will walk away with $150,000. This was revealed by first vice-president of the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) Dudnath Ramkessoon at the launch of the 2013 edition at the National Cricket Centre (NCC), yesterday.
Ramkessoon was high in praise of major sponsor National Gas Company (NGC) which he said has been able to make the tournament a lucrative one.
The second-place finishers will get $80,000, while third place takes away $50,000 and fourth place $30,000.
There will be eight Premier League teams taking part in the week of T20 cricket at Guaracara Park and the first game will be played on Monday, when defending champions Queen’s Park comes up against Esmeralda. In the second game of Monday’s double header, Merry Boys will play First Citizens Clarke Road United.
The eight Premier League teams will be battling from the quarterfinal stages, and there will also be four Championship teams playing there as well and they will be playing from the semifinals of their T20 league.
On hand at the press briefing was NGC director Premchan Beharry and he thanked the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) for creating an excellent product in the way T20 is played in this country. He said that NGC was very happy to be associated with the TTCB and it valued its association with the national body.
“NGC is an unwavering contributor in the development of our country and we see the work of the cricket board as vital to assisting in the development of so many young people. We are here to support and it is part of our mandate to give back to the country because every citizen of this country has a stake in the natural gas resources.”
WICB director Dr Allen Sammy was also on hand and he said that while the national team had done very well in T20 cricket, they needed some improvement in the longer form of the game and he was hoping to see this very soon.
Ramkessoon added that there would be a de-briefing session for the national senior team’s project team this week and they would be seeking answers to take the team forward. He added that with the TTCB no longer responsible for preparing a T20 team due to Caribbean Premier League, they can now focus heavily on preparations for the longer format of the game.
PREMIERSHIP T20 FIXTURES QUARTERFINALS
May 20 – QPCC vs Esmeralda at 3 pm
May 20 – Merryboys vs Clarke Rd at 7 pm
May 21 – Caldrac vs Moosai at 3 pm
May 21 – Bamboo vs PowerGen at 6 pm
May 22 – Semifinal one – 7 pm
May 23 – Semifinal two – 7 pm
May 25 – Third-place play-off at 3 pm
May 25 – Finals at 7 pm
May 22 – Victoria vs Tableland – 3 pm
May 23 – QPCC 2 vs Valiants – 3 pm
May 24 – third place play-off – 3 pm
May 24 – Finals – 7 pm
Winner - $150,000
Runner-up - $80,000
Third place - $50,000
Fourth place - $30,000
Winner - $50,000
Runner-up - $35,000
Third place - $15,000
Fourth place - $10,000