Bodoe: League title sealed
Trinidad & Tobago Newsday article.
PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD - Head coach of Powergen Baldath Bodoe said his club has basically claimed the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) National League Premier Division title after their 64-run win over Alescon Comets at Syne Village on Sunday.
Bodoe said the guys were clinical against Comets which was what the situation required for them to keep their title hopes alive. “It was a fantastic performance. In order for us to maintain our lead to have a chance at the league title we had to win outright and we did exactly that. We had a good performance especially from our captain Gregory Mahabir who scored a century in difficult conditions before our bowlers did a great job to bowl out the opposition twice,” said the head coach.
The former champions will do battle with second placed Moosai in their final match over the weekend but Bodoe feels the outcome of this match will not change the reality of things.
“According to our calculation we are 28 points ahead. For us not to win the title from this position it would mean that we would have to loose outright and not get a point from the match, which is highly unlikely,” said Bodoe.
He said at the moment there is a pending protest which was submitted by Moosai, over their Round nine match against Esmeralda Sports Club which was washed out.
“We have not gotten anything official, what we heard is that Moosai submitted a protest over the conditions of the run-up and stuff. We don’t know how that will go, from our information we found that most of the matches were washed out on Saturday due to the heavy rain.”
The coach said should nothing come out of the protest Powergen will reclaim the title they won back to back in 2009 and 2010. The last two years Queen’s Park Cricket Club (QPCC) have won the three major Premier Division titles.
He said this weekend’s clash between the top two and unbeaten teams will nevertheless be very interesting. “It will be a tough game since it will involve the top two teams. Both side’s will have points to prove and so this will make it very competitive,” said the Powergen coach.
Bodoe said the togetherness has been the difference for his team this season.
“Most of the matches this season our captain Samuel Badree who has been an inspiration over the years has missed all but one game. We also had to do without a couple of other senior players at times but the young guys on the bench stepped up and we were able to play good cricket throughout.”