HILLVIEW College made it a hat-trick of titles in the PowerGen Secondary Schools Cricket League Intercol T20 competition with a victory over Presentation College, Chaguanas at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba, on Friday night.
It was one of the more festive moods at a schools cricket final in recent years with students, parents and teachers cheering on their teams with flags and tassa. It was Hillview’s flags that were waving the highest at the end of the match after prevailing with a 13-run victory. It was also the third consecutive year that Hillview won both the T20 and 50-over titles.
Batting first, Hillview posted 100/9 in 20 overs before restricting Presentation to 87/9 in response.
“Real fantastic, a real happy moment,” Hillview coach Richard Kelly said following the hat-trick of titles.
Kelly believes his team’s will to win was one of the differences. “I would say it was the attitude (of our players), the determination to win, we had the hunger and the drive. We came out there with a mission.”
During last year’s final it was a sea of blue in support of Naparima, but this year the Hillview supporters came out in their numbers. Kelly was glad for the turnout. “A lot of teachers came out and students. My Under-16 team, my Under-14 team and plus a lot of my past cricketers were there. Some people can’t handle that kind of pressure, but for us it helps. It shows that people care about you and they want to see you do well.”
Both teams were loaded with batting talent, but it was not an easy task for the batsmen. Hillview’s top order was productive during the season, but the defending champions were reduced to 38/4 after ten overs with Rickash Boodram, Navin Bidaisee, Ronaldo Forester and Leonardo Julien all back in the pavilion. Former West Indies Under-19 player Kirstan Kallicharan and Teron Jadoo took Hillview past 80, batting cautiously in an attempt to rebuild the innings. Kallicharan dominated the innings with some top stroke play. One of the shots of the night was a delicate sweep off spinner Matthew Patrick, where Kallicharan just used the pace of the ball in getting the ball to the fence.
It was a determined fight back by the pair guiding Hillview to 78/4 after 16 overs. Hillview stumbled in the last four overs losing wickets regularly including the loss of Kallicharan for 48 who was given a warm applause from the hundreds of people in attendance. Jadoo was more aggressive after Kallicharan was dismissed, but he was eventually bowled for 19 by spin bowler Isaiah Ali trying to score some quick runs. Hillview closed on 100/9 with Patrick ending with excellent figures of 4/19 in four overs, Joel Sutherland snatched 2/13 in four overs and Ali grabbed 2/22 in four overs.
In reply, Presentation were also off to a poor start getting to 23/4 after six overs with Aneil Pitiram, Justin Jagessar, Aaron Bankay and Sutherland all failing to make an impact. Patrick, who recently returned to the Presentation team after participating in a West Indies Under-19 training camp, was next to go when he was leg before to Boodram. Hillview celebrated wickets in unique fashion as the entire team would run to the boundary to get closer to the Hillview supporters. Jayden Seales kept Presentation in the contest with some exciting strokes, getting his team to 77/7 after 17 overs. Seales was now unbeaten on 22 with Presentation needing 24 runs from 18 deliveries. However, some top bowling by Hillview limited Presentation to only ten runs in the last three overs. Jean Phillipe Barrie (2/19), Bidaisee (2/9), and Forester (2/11) were all among the wickets during their four-over spells and Seales was the top scorer for Presentation with 29.
Hillview College 100/9 (20 overs) (Kirstan Kallicharan 48, Teron Jadoo 19; Matthew Patrick 4/19, Joel Sutherland 2/13, Isaiah Ali 2/22) vs Presentation College, Chaguanas 87/9 (20 overs) (Jayden Seales 29; Jean Phillipe Barrie 2/19, Navin Bidaisee 2/9, Ronaldo Forester 2/11) Hillview won by 13 runs