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Emrit: Teamwork was amazing for Comets
Battling to avoid relegation for two seasons prior, Alescon Comets came out with a plan to win the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) Premiership Division I League competition and this they did and by some distance as well.
Comets secured first innings points against Merry Boys and finished the match with 15, while the opposition got five playing at Pierre Road.
One of the main architects of the win Rayad Emrit speaking to Guardian Media Sports, attributed the success to teamwork. "We have been fighting to stay afloat two seasons now and this season I thought the difference was our teamwork. when we found ourselves in difficult situations we dug deep and depended each other and came through in the end. Before this season, we held a series and team building exercises and it helped a lot." For this Emrit is praising the management of the club headed by former West Indies leg-spinner Dinanath Ramnarine.
"Before this season, we struggled with the bat because we had one and two men standing up and scoring. This time around everyone put their hands up at different times and we were able to post good scores." Emrit himself had a good season with the bat, as he came in down the order and scored valuable runs when his team needed him.
"I was very happy to come down and order and contribute with the bat because we were losing wickets at times and everyone needed to be counted." On a personal note, Emrit said he was happy with his all-round game, although he did not get the amount of wickets he would have liked. "I thought that I bowled well this season but the wickets didn't come in the numbers that I would have liked. I bowled well and had long spells but the pitches were not condusive to fast bowling."
The star of the show this past season for Comets was leg-spinning all-rounder Imran Khan who grabbed 68 wickets. He also scored runs when needed as well. "Imran was absolutely brilliant for us and was always the go to man. His 68 wickets told a story for our club and he deserves all the praises that is coming his way."
Also doing well for Comets were the Guyanese duo of Shemroy Barrington and Christopher Barnwell. Vikash Mohan and Andy Gobin were also consistent with the bat. Coach Debideen Manick also came in for praise from Emrit. "Our coach Manick must be commended for the work he did with this team. He was never overpowering, he went about his work in a quiet efficient manner and at the end of the day he got it done. His advice to us was always on point and he really did a great job."
Alescon Comets 164/9 declared IImran Khan 65, Christopher Barnwell 52, Vikash Mohan 29; Aneil Khanai 3 for 63 v Merry Boys 76 all out IImran Khan 7 for 25) and 44 for 3. Comets took first innings points (Alescon Comets 15 pts, Merry Boys 5 pts.)
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