Triumph end Golden Stars Championship Bid in an Apocalypse
By James Persaud
September 1, 2016
Golden Stars were very confident coming into the finals, and they had many reasons to be. They won both of their earlier playoff games in a very commanding manner. In the semifinal, they destroyed a division favorite to win, New York All-Stars. While Triumph entered the final with a winning streak of eight games, Triumph got past Cobra in the semi-final by a default. Triumph played a very good all-round game to bring home the championship, with their bowlers getting the job done and their Captain Shan Gobin playing one of his finest innings.
Golden Stars won the toss and asked Triumph to field, Golden Stars with a very strong pace bowling lineup, must have felt that this would be their best chance to defend a set score. This worked in Triumph’s favor, since Golden Stars opening pair batted as if they were trucked in the traffic on the Belt Parkway. Their approach was almost silent to Triumph’s bowlers, while Mahaber Parsram and Seudat Bindnarine bowled quite well, there were many chances for runs that just went by. In the first seven overs the run rate was a mere 4 runs, and the Triumph Captain decided to let the batsmen occupy the crease for as many overs as possible.
After the first wicket fell with the score on 45 and almost the halfway point of the innings, the attacking Rivindra Parsaram came to the crease. Parsaram a very good striker of the ball, showed some aggression, he was dropped by Ricardo, a one handed and a very difficult catch on the deep backward square-leg boundary. In the next over Parsaram played a very elegant cover drive that raced to the boundary, the next ball be went for the pull shot and this time Ricardo was a little squarer and took the catch calmly.
Glendon Fraser who opened the inning with Neil Collins was still at the crease and he was joined by Daniel Peters. Fraser tried to be a little more aggressive, while Peters continue on the slow path and most time looked as if he was just trying to stop the ball and scamper for a single. After Fraser was out caught of Ricardo for 25, Damian Edwards and Peters took the game into a slow mode. Both batsmen batted with ease and settled for singles and the far between double.
The Triumph Captain bowled Parsaram for his five overs straight, Bindnarine had Edwards bowled for 11 and in the next over Dave Jagnarine sent Roger Matter back to the pavilion without scoring. The new batsman Quincy Benjamin tried to pick up the run rate and he stroked two boundaries in his total of 22 before he was run out. Linden Holder stayed to the end of the allotted overs and a total score of 137 for 7. With this total the Golden Stars players were still confident that they can defend, while the Triumph camp knew that they will only need to score at almost ball a run. Bowling for Triumph, Bindnarine had 3 for 24, Dave Jagnarine claimed 2 for 22 and Ricardo took 2 for 31.
Triumph made a change with their batting line-up, Ryan Lowtan was moved into the middle and the more attacking Dave Jagnarine partner with Vishnu Ramnauth to begin the reply. Golden Stars knew they would need early wickets, and pacer Raul Britton was given the ball. Roger Matter was the next bowler and he did exactly what his skipper wanted, he had Jagnarine caught for 1 run. Shan Gobin a very discipline batsman, who plays strokes all around the wicket made his way to the middle.
Vishnu Ramnauth was looking well and already had a boundary to his name, he had a long talk with the skipper in the middle. They had a plan and it worked, Golden Stars had to make changes, a double bowling change with Rivindra Parsaram and Daniel Peters was brought into the attack. Parsaram very quick and Gobin uses his feet and drives through extra cover twice for boundaries. This brought loud cheers to the crowd from both team’s camps, this was very good cricket filled with good cricket strokes.
Ramnauth was not to be outdone by his skipper, he joined in on the run spree and sent Parsaram twice over the boundary for maximum. Another bowling change with Dwayne Nedd and he struck with his fourth delivery, he had Ramnauth caught for 33. The new batsman was Nevil Jagnarine, and he never looked too comfortable against the pace, but he stayed with Gobin and added another 24 runs partnership.
Linden Holder was the sixth bowler used by Golden Stars, Gobin stroked his first delivery to the boundary and he strikes back immediately when the next ball Gobin was caught for 38. Boodram Deopaul came to the crease and lifted the next two deliveries to the boundary, Boodram looked confident and this bring loud cheers from the Triumph camp. After Nevil was caught of Holder for 17, Seudat Bindnarine was next and Holder send him back without scoring.
Triumph lost three quick wickets and this brought some encouragements to the Golden Stars fielders, while Triumph knew that there was no need to panic. Triumph sent hard hitting Ricardo Lumelino to the crease, but Ricardo only faced one ball and took a single. He watched as Boodram stroked another two boundaries to end the game in the twentieth over.
Shan Gobin has played some very valuable innings for his team throughout the competition, he had some good score but is never able to continue for triple figures. On this day he played one off his finest innings, it was as if he saved his best for last. Vishnu Ramnauth also batted well and it was a total team effort as Triumph took the championship. Gobin was named man of the match for his top score of 38 runs. Linden Holder took 3 wickets for 15 runs and Roger Mattar took 1 for 23 in a losing effort for Golden Stars. It was a very good game, keenly contested by both teams.
Renegade Down and Out for The Second Time
By James Persaud
August 18, 2016
It was exactly two weekends ago that Renegade played Triumph in the fifth qualifying round of the 2016 Roy Etwaroo Memorial Cup competitions. It would look as if it was too soon for a rematch, but this time it was in the knockout stage of the same competition. The first time with both teams not at their full strength due to the CPL in Florida, but for the rematch there was no excuse for either team.
Regardless of what the team’s roster looked for the rematch, the result was the same. The only difference this time around, was that Triumph, triumphed with an even better margin of victory. It would look as if Renegade was trying too hard or their players were over zealous in their effort. After Triumph won the toss and took the field first, Renegade made a very good score to defend at a rate of almost 7 runs an over.
But Renegade’s bowlers made too many mistakes and even the fielding was not up to par this day. Triumph scored 162 runs for victory and 50 extras played a huge part in the total. Renegade’s opening bowlers Elvis Atkinson and Mahin Sookram were guilty of bowling too wide. Johnny Sookraj led the bowling for Renegade, but the other bowlers had a bad day.
Ramdhani and Ramkaran got Renegade’s innings started against Parsram and Bindnarine. In the first game, Ramkaran was the top scorer for Renegade, this time Ramdhani was more dominate at the crease. After Ramkaran was out for 16, the inform Khelwan was the next batsman. But Khelwan did not last long, he was runout before scoring. Dan Morgan replaced Khelwan and together with Ramdhani they would see their team to the water break and 74 runs in the book.
During the break both teams had long team discussions, and you had to guess that the discussion was on which team would try to take an early advantage. Since to this point of the game, it looked evenly balanced. Triumph bowlers needed to take wickets and Renegade looked to get close to two hundred runs. If Renegade had planned for runs, it did not work well and Triumph’s quest for wickets looked as if it had gone as planned. Boodram Deopaul struck three times in quick succession, this spiraled the batsmen into a quick journey to the batting crease and back to the pavilion.
After Ramdhani was caught off of Ricardo Lumelino for 37, the only other batsman to offer any resistance was Kenny Kissoon with 17. Dave Jagnarine returned for his last two overs and ended Renegade’s innings with the scalps of Ramdin for 1 and Mahin Sookram was bowled without scoring. Boodram Deopaul ended with figures of 4 for 33 and Dave Jagnarine had 2 for 26, Ricardo Lumelino, Bindnarine and Nevil Jagnarine each pick up a wicket.
Triumph stuck to their original plan and sent Vishnu Ramnauth and Ryan Lowtan to open their innings. This was the same pair that sealed the victory for Triumph in the first encounter, and Triumph was hoping for a repeat. The opening pair added 38 runs before Ramnauth was bowled by Dan Morgan for 18. Renegade did not get another wicket until another 25 runs was added to the total as both Lowtan and Shan Gobin (21) compiled an innings of mostly singles and doubles. Lowtan was bowled by Johnny Sookraj for 23 and Sookraj also had the wickets of Balram Singh for 13 and Nevil Jagnarine for a duck.
Dave Jagnarine and Boodram Deopaul had a valuable seventh wicket partnership of 25 runs, before Jagnarine was caught of Narine. Ricardo Lumelino replaced Jagnarine and he stayed with Deopaul to the end for the victory in the twenty third over. Narine, Dan Morgan, and Elvis Atkinson each took a wicket and Johnny Sookraj claimed 3 for 17. Triumph will take on Cobra in the semi-final this Sunday and will be looking forward to reaching the final for the first time this season the following Sunday.
Triumph Advance To Playoffs, After Knocking Off Renegade
By James Persaud
August 3, 2016
An opening stand of 102 runs between Vishnu Ramnauth and Ryan Lowtan and a late innings of timely power hitting by Frank Paul was enough to advance Triumph to the playoffs after the fifth round of the Roy Etwaroo Memorial Cup 25 overs competition. Ramnauth and Lowtan made the Renegade fielders toil on the field, as their bowlers found it very difficult to separate them. The young Lowtan was very watchful and took no chance, while Ramnauth took the attack to the bowlers.
After Renegade was able to get a breakthrough, Lowtan gone for 25, the scoring went into a little slow mode and the Renegade team regained some courage. Their bowlers were able to bring the game into an even position, especially with the bowling from Dharmendra Ramnarine, Mahin Sookram, Johnny Sookraj and later Beesham Ramnarine. But Triumph knew that they always had a chance with many wickets in hand. The game was reduced to 20 overs and Triumph had to score boundaries since the overs was coming to an end. With the fall of Lowtan wicket, James Persaud came to the crease and tried to keep the run rate, but was only able to get a single before Sookraj found the inside edge and the off stump was removed.
Triumph skipper Shan Gobin was next and he never was able to get the big scoring shots going, while Ramnauth was batting well and did most of the scoring. Ramnauth looked set to bat to the end, but Sookraj in his last over of his spell got Ramnauth to drive one straight back over the bowler and Naresh Ramdin coming a long way from deep long off, running to his right and took a diving catch, this had to be the catch of the day. Vishnu Ramnauth innings of 71 runs contain 5 fours and 4 sixes, while Ryan Lowtan had 5 fours in his 25.
With Ramnauth gone, Triumph still needed another 39 runs from 21 balls and Triumph camp went into a silent phase. Gobin went soon after for 8, bowled by Beesham Ramnarine. The new batsman was Frank Paul and Chabilall Ramdhani was given the ball for his second over. Ramdhani was called for a no ball and he was upset and Frank Paul gave him no time to settle in, Paul took advantage and struck 22 runs of the over. Ricardo Lumelino replaced Gobin and watched from the other end as Paul was in control. In the next over Paul was bowled by Beesham Ramnarine, Paul faced 7 balls for his 22.
In next was John Adams, Ricardo struck the first ball he faced to the boundary and Triumph needed 3 runs in the last over, Leroy Gibbson was given the ball and John Adams stroked the first ball over extra cover, as the ball raced for the boundary the Triumph camp erupt in celebration to claim victory with 5 balls to spare. Ricardo was unbeaten on 4 and Adams got 5 not out. Johnny Sookraj had 3 for 32 and Beesham Ramnarine claimed 2 for 8.
Earlier in the day on a very overcast Sunday with rain clouds hanging over, Triumph won the toss and invited Renegade to bat first. Ravi Ramkaran and Paul Pharsi open their innings, and Mahabeer Parasram start the bowling. Although the Renegade batsman was not scoring freely, the bowlers found it very hard to penetrate their defense. In the eight over James Persaud was given the ball, and Pharsi got a slower off break and went for a big swing, and skied it to Ricardo at a short long on for the out. With the score on 48, the new batsman was Kenny Kissoon and another bowling change with Shan Gobin.
Kissoon as if he was not ready, played sluggish to one just outside the leg stump, the ball turned late and he was bowled behind his back for a duck. The next batsman was Johnny Sookraj and he stayed with Ramkaran until the water break and a score of 72. When play resume Triumph strikes early, Sookraj was bowled by Mahabeer Parasram for 25, including five fours. Chabilall Ramdhani scored 8 runs before he tried to reserve sweep Shan Gobin and was bowled between his legs. While wickets were falling, Ravi Ramkaran was batting well and had some luck, he was dropped at least two times.
Naresh Ramdin joined Ramkaran, Ramkaran became more aggressive and he smacked a few boundaries and his score raced to 65. Ramkaran was batting well, but he made one mistake, he swung at a ball outside the off stump and missed. Not knowing where the ball was, he attempted a run and the wicketkeeper had the ball and with a direct hit knock the stump for the out. The score was 125 for 4 and six overs remaining. Ramkaran scored five fours and five sixes in his top score of 65.
With the fall of Ramkaran’s wicket, the remaining batsmen played very cautiously and still the Triumph bowlers had trouble getting them out. Mahabeer Parasram in his last over had two wickets, he had Naresh Ramdhin caught for 5 and Beesham Ramnarine bowled for 2. Mahin Sookram was able to add a quick 13 to the score before losing his wicket to Ricardo. Dharmendra Ramnarine smashed two boundaries for his 8 runs not out and Leroy Gibbson did not score to close the innings at 168 for 8 after 20 overs.
Mahabeer Parasram took 3 for 23 and Shan Gobin had 2 for 16, Ricardo and James claimed one wicket a piece. This was a very pleasant game played under very friendly and sportsmanship approach, while it was keenly contested and went right down to the wire. Triumph will advance to the playoffs for the second time this season, and is hoping for better luck this time. In the first competition they loss in the quarter final round.
Triumph optimistic for 2016 winning season
By James Persaud
April 13, 2016
It was a roller coaster year for Triumph in the last season, they were able to make the playoffs in all three competitions. In the Twenty20 they played their best cricket going all the way to the final, just to fall short by seven runs. If the first game of the 2016 season is any indication of what is expected of Triumph, then the other teams in their division will have a force to reckon with leading up to the playoffs.
Triumph got their season started off with a matchup with the new reformed Giants, Triumph won the toss and took the field. Revin Sookram and Vinod Durgalall got the Giants off to a very heated start, with the temperature in the low fifty’s. The Giants opening pair kept the score moving with very good running between the wickets. After an opening stand of 35 runs, Boodram Deopaul got the break through when he bowled the dangerous Sookram for 28.
Andrew Naransan coming at number three, kept the score moving at a steady pace, but did not last too long. Mahabeer Parasram bowled Durgalall for 13 and Dave Jagnarine strikes twice in his next over, bowling both Naransan for 14 and Radesh Durgalall without scoring. With the fall of three quick wickets, the middle order did not put up any real resistance, scoring at a very slow pace as the bowlers took control of the game.
The bowling pair of the Jagnarine’s, Dave and Neville made batting very difficult for the Giants batsmen, Dave took 3 for 22 in his spell of overs and Neville took 2 for 16 in three overs. It was then the spin of Balram Singh who bowled one over for 2 runs. Chetnarine Sookwah was given the ball for his first spell of the season and he made no mistake, he strikes three time in quick succession. Sookwah, had Krishna Karran for 17, Haresh Dhanraj was bowled for 10 and Narendra for 2 runs.
Navin Karran was left not out and the Giants innings end in the twenty second over, all out for 119 runs. Triumph reply in a typical T20 fashion, knew that they had a chance of gaining an advantage by finishing the game fast. Vishnu Ramnauth and Dave Jagnarine got the Triumph innings started. Jagnarine never got a chance to play a ball on his bat, the first ball from Karran missed a driving Jagnarine outside the off stump. The second ball was on a better line and Jagnarine went for another huge drive and loss his stump with no runs on the board.
Triumph vice-captain Shan Gobin stepped to the crease and together with Ramnauth they put on a display of powerful stroke play. Picking up boundaries in quick succession and was quite lucky when the Giants fielders floored a few catches. Ramnauth looked the more aggressive and went for an on drive and lost his stump, bowled by Navin Karran for 45.
Neville Jagnarine was moved up the order to number four and he continued to carry the attack on the bowlers. By this time the Triumph camp was calling on the batsmen to end it before the half time break. Gobin heard the advice and stroked a few boundaries to end the game in the twelfth over, with a total of 121 for 2. Gobin was left unbeaten on 45 and Jagnarine on 12 not out. Navin Karran was the only successful bowler for the Giants and with match figures of 2 for 23 in four overs.
Aggressive Knock By Ricardo Lumelino Send Triumph To Battle Braveheart In Final
By James Persaud
October 21, 2015
Triumph started the semifinal against New York All-Stars in a very commanding position, NY All-Stars lost their first two wickets with only 5 runs on the board. Mahabir Parsram bowled Nayeem Mohamed before he got off the mark and Boodram Deopaul did the same to Rakesh Ramsamooj by the second over of the game. Keshan Persaud and Fidel Razack fought back and built a solid third wicket partnership of 56 runs.
Triumph was able to restrict the batting team until the twelfth over, at this point of the game it looked as if NY All-Stars would reach a total of about 125. But the batting team had other plans, especially Keshan. Keshan Persaud who was very strong of the legs, while Razack stroked the ball to all part of the field. After Triumph got the wicket of Razack for 36, caught of Seudat Bindnarine, the bowlers was able to slow the run rate for about the next two overs.
With the overs coming to an end, Keshan Persaud went on a hitting spree and played some fine cricket strokes in his innings of 71 runs before being caught of Ricardo Lumelino. Arjune and Anthony Simmons gave their innings a late push with an 18 runs partnership before Boodram Deopaul returned and grabbed both wickets. After twenty overs NY All-Stars reached a total of 156 for 7 wickets.
Triumph started their reply on a similar pattern as NY All-Stars, losing their first two with only 3 runs scored. Vishnu Ramnauth was caught off Wahid Mohamed for a golden duck and Dave Jagnarine fell to the same bowler for 3. Triumph skipper Gobin and Neville Jagnarine stayed together for a 22 runs partnership. Jagnarine looked aggressive and set to play a long innings, but this did not happen, he lost his stump to Oliver Sooman for 10. With the fall of Jagnarine wicket, Ricardo Lumelino stepped to the middle. Ricardo Lumelino a young very aggressive player, who strikes the ball with plenty of power.
This was the time for a game saving innings from Ricardo Lumelino, and he answered the call. Ricardo Lumelino smacked the ball to all parts of the field for a two over 26 runs. Lumelino innings was short, but he did exactly what was needed to put his team back into the game after it had swung in favor of the fielding team. The new batsman to the crease was Boodram Deopaul, and he knew he had to keep the run rate up and close to the end if his team stand any chance of winning.
Deopaul started with two boundaries, he cover drive Ramsamooj and this gave the Triumph camp some hope. Gobin and Deopaul stayed together, and both batted well, choosing their shots and running well between the wickets. Oliver Sooman returned with the ball and took the valuable wicket of Gobin caught driving to long off for 47.
Frank Paul joined Deopaul at the crease and both batsmen took the challenge to the bowlers. Now the game that once looked as if it was slipping away from Triumph, was now back in their favor. As the pressure increased, the NY All-Stars bowlers bowled badly. It was as if they were trying to hide the ball and made many mistakes and was called for wide. Paul and Deopaul led Triumph to victory lane with two overs remaining and a total of 157 for 5. Deopaul was unbeaten on 22 and Paul on 16, Oliver Sooman took 2 for 18 and Wahid Mohamed bagged 2 for 17. Triumph will now take on the powerful Bravehearts in the final this Sunday.