The power of Sport to assist with social ills cannot be underestimated and businessman Vishwanath Seenath is using cricket to bring smiles to the faces of the people of Bamboo No 2, after the floods of last October.
Seenath, the owner of the popular Seenath's Auto and his friend Andy Ramberran decided to do something after the floods to bring back the smiles on the faces of people of the area who were thrown into sadness.
Seenath said, "We were badly affected by the flood in this area. I don't think that people in the country really knew just how bad it was in Bamboo and just how much it affected the residents. Life has been coming back to normal for most but it has been stressful. We decided in partnership with Raj's Spare Parts to come together and use cricket as a force to bring some happiness to the people. We have invested in fixing the Bamboo cricket ground and so far the people from the area have been coming out to look at the matches.
He continued, "We have brought in some of the top local talents like Lendl Simmons, Rayad Emrit and Akeal Hosein and the people here have received them well. We need to lift the people spirits and even if things are not so good, at least they can come to the cricket and forget their worries. We try to provide everything for the fans here and when you come down to the semis and finals, there will be food and drinks for all.
"We are happy to bring this cricket to Bamboo and we will continue to do what we can to make this a truly successful event."
Lezama takes Police to victory
Johan Lezama thrilled fans at the Bamboo No 2 Recreation ground when he scored an unbeaten 72 to lead Police to a 51-run victory over EYM in the latest round of matches of the Seenath's Auto and Raj Spare Parts T20 cricket series on Thursday.
Lezama's effort enabled his team to post a tally of 184 for four off 20 overs with Brian Yearwood also getting runs with 40 and national player Stephen Katwaroo 38. Jonathan Bootan was the pick of the bowlers for EYM taking 2/19.
EYM was always going to find it difficult to get up to Police's score of 184 and they fell short at 133/7 off their allotted 20 overs. Bootan top-scored with 38, while Ryan Inniss made 26. Darius Bess was the best of the Police bowlers with 2/20.
Competition continued last night.
SCORES: Police 184/4 (20) (Johan Lezama 72no, Brian Yearwood 40, Stephen Katwaroo 38, Jonathan Bootan 2/19) vs EYM 133/7 (20) (Jonathan Bootan 38, Ryan Inniss 26, Darius Bess 2/20) - Police won by 51 runs.
National league cricket bowls off today
The eagerly awaited 2019 domestic cricket season bowls off today with matches across Trinidad.
After five clubs protested the TTCB has decided to play the league as a two-day affair, as opposed to having three matches played over three days. Last year's runners-up Central Sports will open the defence of their title against newly promoted EYM at Felicity. President of Central Sports Richard Ramkissoon said he wants to start well because he has ambitions of winning all the tournaments.
"We are playing the newly promoted EYM and it is important that we go hard at them and look to defeat them. We want all three titles this year and we have mounted what I think is an excellent team to get the job done."
Included in the Central Sports line up this season are Keddy Lesporis, Kjorn Ottley, Alex Antoine, Marlon Richards, Ricky Jaipaul and the surprise package Barbadian Akeem Jordan who bowled out the Red Force in the Regional Super50.
In other matches, last year's champions Alescon Comets will host Victoria at Pierre Road. Merryboys will make the long trek to Wilson Road to play against Clarke Road United.
Queen's Park, the most successful club locally, will play against PowerGen Sports at Syne Village in Penal looking to get a good start.
All matches get underway at 10 am.
Powergen VS QPCC I Syne Village
FC Clarke Road United VS Merryboys Wilson Road
Alescon Comets VS Victoria Pierre Road
Central Sports VS EYM Invaders Ground
PREMIERSHIP TWO NORTH
Aranguez VS QPCC II Aranguez
UWI VS Canefarm UWI SPEC
Prisons VS Munroe Road Arouca
Defence Force VS Curepe Chaguaramas
PREMIERSHIP TWO SOUTH
Tableland VS Orangefield St Julien
Caldrac VS Nazarites Gilbert Park
BFL VS Preysal Brasso
Endeavour VS Yorkshire Avidesh Samaroo Park
Ma Pau rescues cricket clubs
Ma Pau Limited has come to the rescue of Almost 11 cricket clubs with the new cricket season upon us. The company has sponsored uniforms for the club and this is not the first time that the business establishment has supported sports teams and local athletes.
Over the years Ma Pau has sponsored sporting and cultural organizations in keeping with the firm’s core values and philosophy of meaningfully contributing towards the intangible heritage of the national development.
According to Ma Pau representative Kerry-Ann Thompson: "Ma Pau believes that sports are particularly important to society because they help prove the importance of rules. Without rules, games such as cricket are not playable. In the same context, society cannot function without having rules and regulations in place. Likewise, the activities of Ma Pau operate with rules and regulations and as such willingly support an organization who similarly support adherence to rules.