Great win for PowerGen says coach

Trinidad & Tobago Newsday article.

PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD - Balath Bodoe, coach of victorious T20 Cricket Festival winners PowerGen, as described Saturday’s eight-wicket victory over 2012 champions Queen’s Park, at Guaracara Park, Pointe-a-Pierre, as “a great win”.

Following the game, Bodoe commented, “for the past couple of years, this title has eluded us. Queen’s Park have always gotten the better of us and (on Saturday) night, we did the job.” 

PowerGen triumphed in 2009 and 2010 before the Parkites took over the reins as national T20 champions in 2011 and 2012. 

Asked what made the difference on the night, the PowerGen tactician responded, “it’s all about hard work. We came back, after (not winning) the title for two years and we decided this year that we’ll come strong and train hard. We played together as a team and I think that is (what helped us) win the title this year.” 

PowerGen recently dethroned Queen’s Park as the National League title- holders but lost to the Parkites in the Sunday League (50-overs) competition. 

“We wanted to go for the three titles this year,” said Bodoe. “Unfortunately, (in) the 50-overs, we didn’t get over the line there, but we won the League. It was fantastic. 

“Coming into the T20, we played good cricket right through and I think this same PowerGen team could be the Champion Team of 2013.” 

Concerning the rivalry with Queen’s Park this season, Bodoe noted, “of course, we have a good relationship. The rivalry is good. We respect each other tremendously, and I think the game was played in very good spirits.” 

Queen’s Park coach Charles Guillen was gracious in defeat, saying, “firstly, I’ll like to congratulate PowerGen on a fantastic year, having won the League and beating us (on Saturday) night in the Twenty20. 

“I think basically we walked into the final without having played any cricket for the week,” he admitted. “I think that worked out to be a disadvantage. Having said that, we didn’t capitalise on our start (on the day) and I thought we were about 30-40 runs short.” 

Regarding the difference between the two teams, Guillen remarked, “I didn’t think we bowled well. Having not played cricket for the week, they’ve played all their games and I think, mentally, they were a bit stronger than us and the much better team (on the) evening.” 

And, reflecting on the season, the Parkites coach stated, “I think, by and large, it was a good season. We wanted to defend all our titles, but having said so, we have a lot to be proud of. 

“We have a lot of young players coming up and it all goes well for the future. I think we’ll be back next year and we’ll be looking to win all three titles again,” he ended.

First Published In The Trinidad & Tobago Newsday.

Wed, 05/29/2013 - 04:56