QPCC, PowerGen meet again
Trinidad Express article.
Port of Spain, Trinidad - Less than a week after squaring off in the Sunday League 50-over semi-final, PowerGen Penal Sports Club and Queen’s Park Cricket Club will meet again, this time in the third round of National League Premier Division two-day tournament this weekend.
The Parkites, who are the defending Sunday League champions, narrowly beat PowerGen in Tuesday night’s thrilling semi-final at Endeavour to book their place in Wednesday’s final against First Citizens Clarke Road United which will take place at Pierre Road in Charlieville, starting at 2.30 p.m.
Clarke Road easily beat Jenexcon Tableland in the other semi on Wednesday in Penal.
Now the defending two-day champions PowerGen will have a chance at retribution in the top-of-the-table clash bowling off at 10 a.m. today and continuing from 9.30 a.m. tomorrow.
Both teams are unbeaten so far in the two-day competition, but the Parkites hold a narrow lead at the top of the standings on 50 points, with PowerGen two points behind in third place on 48.
Queen’s Park will be missing a few of their Trinidad and Tobago players who were in the side for their 50-over semi-final.
Darren Bravo, Adrian Barath, Akeal Hosein, Jonathan Augustus and Shannon Gabriel will all be on national duty for the Regional Four-day day-night clash against the Leeward Islands at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain which started yesterday.
But with medium pace all-rounder Daron Cruickshank, left-arm spinner Khary Pierre, off-spinner Amit Jaggernauth and skipper Justin Guillen all in decent form this season, the Parkites will still be fielding a strong team.
PowerGen will only miss Jason Mohammed in the middle order and left-arm spinner Kavesh Kantasingh who are also on national duty, but they have enough depth to fill the void, with skipper Gregory Mahabir, aggressive opening batsman Nicholas Sookdeosingh and Guyanese batsman Rajindra Chandrika all in their line-up.
In second place, one point behind the leaders are Merry Boys, who also have a tough match this weekend against fourth placed Munroe Road Cricket Club (45 points) at Diego Martin Recreation Ground.
Munroe Road, led by two ten-wicket hauls in two games from veteran Guyanese leg-spinner Mahendra Nagamootoo, and one from spinner Nishal Guyadeen, easily beat CLICO Preysal and Alescon Comets in their first two games.
Merry Boys, on the other hand, rallied from a first innings deficit to beat newcomers Tableland in the first round and followed that up with a nine-wicket win against Moosai over the previous weekend.
In other games this weekend, Moosai face newly promoted Preysal at Inshan Ali Park in Preysal and both sides will be seeking their first win of the season.
Elsewhere, Clarke Road travel to Esmeralda Recreation Ground in Cunupia to face Esmeralda Sports, while Seenath’s Auto Bamboo Sports host Caldrac Club at Bamboo Recreation Ground.
Tableland Sports host Comets in Tableland in the other Premier Division fixture this weekend.
Tableland and Caldrac, who both lost their respective first games this season, squared off in the previous round of the competition but that game was abandoned early on the first day after some controversy between the players and umpires.
The matter is still unresolved and both teams have protested the result, claiming full points from the game.
The matter will now go before the T&T Cricket Board Disciplinary Committee for a ruling.
National League fixtures
(All matches bowl off at 10 a.m. today and continue from 9.30 a.m. tomorrow)
Jenexcon Tableland vs Alescon Comets, Tableland
Merry Boys vs Munroe Road Cricket Club, Diego Martin Recreation Ground
Seenath’s Auto Bamboo Sports vs Caldrac Club, Bamboo Recreation Ground
CLICO Preysal vs Moosai Sports, Inshan Ali Park
Esmeralda Sports vs First Citizens Clarke Road, Esmeralda Recreation Ground
PowerGen Penal Sports vs QPCC, Syne Village