Bomb Squad blast away competition at Mayaro
 

Trinidad & Tobago Newsday article.

Port of Spain, Trinidad - The women of Bomb Squad demolished the competition on the way to winning every title at stake in their division of the 2014 bpTT Mayaro Night Cricket Windball Competition.

Inspired by captain Nicola Cabrera, the home-grown squad made a clean sweep of the four competitions, taking home over $8,000 in prize money, the championship trophies and gold medals in the league, knock-out, round robin and march-past competitions. 

Cabrera led by example, capturing individual prizes for Most Valuable Player (MVP) and Highest Individual Score. “I don’t pay attention to the individual accolades because this is about a team effort. The new, young talent we recruited played outstanding and led us to victory. This competition gives a platform for the youths to engage in positive activity and develop sporting skills, leadership and teamwork. Investing in young people is the reason we have dominated over the years and will continue to do so,” the veteran Cabrera explained. 

The men’s competition was closely fought, with Terminal Strikers emerging as league winners. Hard Drive registered double success, taking the top spots in the knock-out and round-robin competitions. Not surprisingly, Mayaro Police Youth Club defended their march past title. 

Now in its 14th year, the competition is sponsored by energy company BP Trinidad and Tobago and organised by the Mayaro/ Guayaguayare Unemployment Organisation and Concerned Citizens (MGUOCC). 

Ronda Francis, corporate responsibility manager bpTT, praised the officials, teams, players and spectators for imparting their energy to the competition. 

“This league is not just a display of cricket but it is also a tribute to the passion of the people of Mayaro and environs who make it a success. 

“We sponsor a number of sporting initiatives including cricket, netball, football and basketball but the one thread linking them all is providing a platform for young talent to be discovered and nurtured,” Francis noted. 

Spectators at the closing ceremony were treated to an all-star exhibition game featuring the top performers from the 30 teams which competed this year. The league officials also banded together and competed against the female might of Bomb Squad, but were comprehensively defeated by the hard-hitting female champions. 

President of the MGUOCC, Akinola Straker, thanked bpTT for their support of this vital community initiative. 

“This competition gets families to come out and socialise, it puts our talent on full display, it provides great entertainment and even benefits the vendors who come out and make a dollar. 

“Everyone benefits and our community is stronger because of the bpTT Mayaro Night Cricket Windball League.” 

Results - 

WOMEN’S DIVISION - 

League Competition - 

Champions – Bomb Squad 

Runners-Up – Neal & Massy Wood Group 

Knock-Out - 

Champions – Bomb Squad 

Runners-Up – ZNS Construction Crew 

Round Robin - 

Champions – Bomb Squad 

Runners-Up – Neal & Massy Wood Group 

March Past - 

Champions – Bomb Squad 

Runners-Up – Neal & Massy Wood Group 

Individual Prizes - 

Most Valuable Player – Nicola Cabrera (Bomb Squad) 

Highest Individual Score – Nicola Cabrera (Bomb Squad) 

Most Runs in Tournament – Stacy-Ann King (ZNS Construction) 

Most Wickets – Charlene Aberdeen (Biche Sports SC) 

Most Disciplined Team – Kernahan Girls 

MEN’S DIVISION 

League Competition - 

Champions – Terminal Strikers 

Runners-Up – Cedar Grove Undisputed 

Knock-Out - 

Champions – Hard Drive 

Runners-Up – New Lands Warriors 

Round Robin - 

Champions – Hard Drive 

Runners-Up – Kenya 

March Past - 

Champions – Mayaro Police Youth Club 

Runners-Up – Mafeking Destroyers 

Individual Prizes - 

Most Valuable Player – Michael Harford (Cedar Grove Undisputed) 

Highest Individual Score – Richard Doods (Hustlers) 

Most Runs in Tournament – Michael Harford (Cedar Grove Undisputed) 

Most Wickets – Alex Fredricks (Hustlers) 

Most Disciplined Team – Kernahan Boys

First Published In The Trinidad & Tobago Newsday.

Date: 
Wed, 07/02/2014 - 13:44