bmobile T10 CCL title stays in Mayaro for another year

Mayaro Mavericks became the first team to ever retain the coveted bmobile T10 Community Cricket League (T10 CCL) title as they romped to a comfortable 18-run victory over California Renegades when action climaxed at Avidesh Samaroo Grounds in Endeavour, Chaguanas, on Sunday night.

Having won the toss and opting to bat first, the defending champions surged to a credible total of 130/2 in their 10 over duration. They were led by a captain’s knock from opening batsman Ellon Lewis, who smashed five sixes and eight fours in his unbeaten stance of 76 runs from just 34 balls. Alex Ali and Roshan Lobin also produced worthy contributions with the bat, scoring 22 and 19 respectively.

In their turn at the crease, California Kingsmen had a shaky start, losing Brandon Jugmohan caught behind by Brian Pegues off Christon Eccles’ menacing pace in the second ball of the first over. In came skipper Alverado Bryce (11), who attempted to revitalise the innings, but was soon sent back to the pavilion courtesy Eccles’ (2/33) consistency with the ball. And even though opening batsman Ryan Sieuchan struck three sixes and four fours in his commendable knock of 58, the Kingsmen’s batting order was kept at bay due to precise bowling spells and tight fielding from the Mayaro unit.   

The Central-based team would conclude their unsuccessful run-chase at 112/8 after 10 overs. Screams of jubilation erupted around the Grounds as both the Mayaro players and supporters alike celebrated a well-deserved victory and another chance to pocket the $20,000 jackpot – courtesy main sponsors, bmobile – for a second successive year.

Following his stellar contribution with the bat, captain Lewis was named Man-of-the-Match. Additionally, Lewis also captured the Man-of-the-Tournament accolade for topping the overall batting statistics with 244 runs combined with 19 sixes.

“It’s a great feeling to create history here at the T10 by becoming the first team to retain the crown,” said a smiling Lewis. “Our key to success was that we gelled as a team and all contributed even though we had a rough start to the competition. I would like to thank my teammates, our loyal fans who have travelled to all our games and our sponsor, S&S Persad Supermarket, who supported us throughout.”

Meanwhile, Mayaro Mavericks’ 16-year old ace Kwinci Babel, copped the bmobile Youth MVP award. The Naparima College student will receive $5,000.00 worth of sporting equipment which will assist in his further development into the gentleman’s game.

“I want to thank bmobile for recognising me as a young player coming through the ranks,” said an elated Babel. “This award means a lot to me and I am especially grateful for the cricket equipment. These tools will definitely help me as I evolve into the senior and more competitive aspects of the sport. I am also very happy that my team, Mayaro, was able to lift the title once more.”

TSTT’s Vice Chief Operations Officer, Michael Hamilton, also heaped praises on the championship team and was delighted to once again be a part of the T10 CCL for a fourth consecutive year.

“This year’s tourney was well contested by all the teams who participated,” she explained. “It has given young men of Trinidad and Tobago a chance to showcase their competitive spirit through sport. Congratulations to the Mayaro Mavericks and especially to youngster Kwinci Babel on taking the bmobile Youth MVP. He has displayed great potential and we at bmobile must recognise his growth as an upcoming player.”

For their runner-up finish, California Kingsmen captain Alverado Bryce also received a cheque for $10,000 from the sponsors.


Summarised Scores

MAYARO MAVERICKS 130/2 – Ellon Lewis 76 not out, Alex Ali 22, Roshan Lobin 19; Ricki Sieuchan 1/18 def. CALIFORNIA KINGSMen 112/8 – Ricki Sieuchan 58, Vade Donnel Sabala 12; Oaklee Marcano 2/7, Christon Eccles 2/33


Individual Rewards

Ellon Lewis (Mayaro Mavericks) – Man-of-the-Tournament & Man-of-the-Match

Kwinci Babel (Mayaro Mavericks) – bmobile Youth MVP

Chris Pattia (Toco Tornadoes) – Leading Runs Scorer (266) & Most Sixes *27)

Ramesh Brijlal (Valleyline Smashers) – Leading Wicket Taker (15)

Brian Pegues (Mayaro Mavericks) – Most Outstanding Fielding Play

Oaklee Marcano (Mayaro Mavericks) – Game/Course Changer