by: VINODE MAMCHAN
Presentation College, San Fernando is the Premiership Division champion team of the PowerGen Secondary School tournament for the first time in 26 years.
The Tariq Mohammed-led southern outfit defeated Couva East in its round-robin round match to lift the Southern Championship title to book its place in the top flight next year.
Batting first, Couva East made 122 all out with Dillon Manohar getting 26 and opener Denzil Antoine 19. the pick of the Presentation bowlers were national youth player V0anir Maharaj 3/19, off-spinner Jalen Agard 2/10 and Shem Acevero 2/11). In response, Presentation College San Fernando made 124/3 with Mohammed leading the way with 42 and the hard-hitting Sanjay Jawahir getting an unbeaten 46.
Also making their way to the top rung is St. Mary’s College, which won the North Championship with a victory over Toco by six wickets.
Sachin Soodeen played a great hand in dismissing Toco for 112. He snared six wickets for 14 runs, as only Elijah Williams 36 and Trevon Bobb 23 showed any fight. St. Mary’s College in reply got to 116/4 as Leon Bassano 36 and Gerard Chin 36 made light work of the target.
In the Premiership, Hillview ended the league unbeaten, when it got the better of Fatima College by three wickets. Navin Bedaisee was the star of the show as he claimed 5/23 to bowl out Fatima for 129. He then scored 31 which helped his team to the winning target.
POWERGEN SECONDARY SCHOOL SCORES
At Benedicts: Presentation College Chag 103/9 (26.5) – Abandoned due to rain.
At Mucurapo: Fatima 129 all out (Jeremiah Cruickshank 29, Navin Bedaisee 5/23) vs Hillview 134/7 (Navin Bedaisee 31, Rickash Boodram 31, Jonathan Ramdhanie 2/28) – Hillview won by 3 wkts.
At Lewis Street: Naparima College 57/7 (Avinash Mahabirsingh 26, Isaiah Gomez 2/8) – Match abandoned due to rain.
At Serpentine Rd: Toco 112 all out (Elijah Williams 36, Trevon Bobb 23, Sachin Soodeen 6/14) vs St. Mary’s College 116/4 (Leon Bassano 36, Gerard Chin 36) – St. Mary’s won by 6 wkts.
At NCC: Couva East 122 all out (Dillon Manohar 26, Denzil Antoine 19, Javed Mohammed 18, Vanir Maharaj 3/19, Jalen Agard 2/10, Shem Acevero 2/11) vs Presentation S’Fdo 124/3 (Tariq Mohammed 42, Sanjay Jawahir 46no, Amrit Maharaj 17) – Presentation won by 7 wkts.