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TTCB celebrate U-15, U-17 success

By JONATHAN RAMNANANSINGH Friday, August 2 2013

The Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) celebrated the recent successes of both the national Under-15 and Under-17 cricket teams at the Sir Frank Worrell Development Centre in Balmain, Couva, on Wednesday night.

On Friday last, an unbeaten knock of 96 from Keagan Simmons propelled the national Under-15 squad to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Regional title, with a seven-wicket win over hosts Jamaica. Three weeks prior, the Under-17 boys were crowned champions of the regional tournament, finishing atop the table on 24.8 points.

Celebrating this historic achievement by the TT youngsters were Member of Parliament for Couva South, Rudranath Indarsingh; president of the TTCB, Azim Bassarath; Communications and Brand Manager of BG Trinidad and Tobago, Wendell Constantine; several other sponsor representatives; players of both victorious teams and their managerial/coach staff and family.

In his inspirational speech to the players and officials, manager of the Under-15 squad, Anthony Ramjit, lauded the team’s determination and commitment on the field of play.

“This victory for us means that we are really a cut above the rest of the region in cricket,” he said. “It means also that the programmes that the TTCB have put in place and the assistance of the corporate community, are working well. We put the boys through some intense training sessions before the competition and... (we) continuously grew throughout the tournament. Kudos to coach Glen Dwarika and all the players on their hard work for Trinidad and Tobago.”

Following Ramjit’s address, the national Under-17 coach Dasrath Maharaj congratulated his dedicated team. Ramjit acknowledged the many sacrifices made by all those involved in building such an all-rounded team.

“It’s a complete collaborative effort from when these boys were in primary school. With the works of their parents, villages, former clubs, the zones, the TTCB and the managerial team, it is this we have been working for...and to these we are truly grateful,” he revealed.

The Under-17 coach also heaped praise on Stephen Martel, the team’s manager, for his hard work and loyalty to the committed bunch.

The Couva South MP also had some congratulatory words to both squads and praised their gutsy competitive attitude. He also reiterated to the coaches, managers and TTCB officials, the importance of educating the youngsters on the foundations of West Indian cricket. Indarsingh urged the players to view the detailed documentary Fire In Babylon in an effort to see how and where the region’s cricket journey really started.

In closing, the TTCB president credited the squads on their performances and expressed optimism towards the future of national and regional cricket. He was particularly impressed with the never-say-die attitude of the young players and told them that this was the type of competitive spirit that was needed to continuously elevate the nation’s budding talents.

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