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Kowlessar: QPCC best in region

Sunday, February 25, 2018
Queen’s Park Cricket Club (QPCC) captain Justin Guillen, right, and his Central Sports counterpart Kjorn Ottley exchange greetings before their clubs clashed in the opening match of the T&TCB Premier Division I cricket competition at Invaders Ground in Felicity yesterday. From left are Parkites manager Jeffrey Guillen, Ryerson Bhagoo, of the National League (NL), second vice-president of the TTCB Lalman Kowlessar and Dudnath Ramkessoon, chairman of the NL.

DOUBLE crowned champions of the 2017 cricket season, Queen's Park Cricket Club has been hailed as possibly the best club team in the region.

This from second vice-president of the T&T Cricket Board Lalman Kowlessar who praised the historic Tragarete Road, Port-of-Spain cricket institution when the National League Premier Division I competition bowled off yesterday (Saturday).

The Parkites copped the championship of the top tier of local competition for the third consecutive year and were also convincing winners of the 50-Overs contest in 2017.

In addition the club's second team also ran away with the Premiership Division II title to underline its domination of local cricket.

In a short opening ceremony of the 2018 National League at Invaders Ground in Felicity, Chaguanas, Kowlessar, a veteran the administrator Central Zone of the TTCB, was effusive in his commendation of Queen's Park.

He welcomed the defending champions to Felicity, as inclement weather prevent play from starting on schedule in its first round match against Central Sports.

Kowlessar also warmly congratulated David Furlonge, coach of Queen's Park for the unprecedented success he has had with the club over the last few years charting their success with a string of young talented players.

He said both teams possessed many outstanding players and it would be easy to select a national team from the wealth of talent available, and who will be on show in the main fixture of the opening round of the Premiership Division I contest.

Queen's Park is captained by left-handed opening batsman Justin Guillen, while Kjorn Ottley is at the helm of the Central Sports outfit which finished fourth in the standings last season.

Also present at the opening were Dudnath Rankessoon, new chairman of the National League, along with fellow committee members Ryerson Bhagoo and Rajin Poorai, along with manager of the Parkites, Jeffrey Guillen and his Central Sports counterpart Richard Ramkissoon.

Chairman Ramkessoon urged the cricketers to put their best foot forward and stake their claim for national selection in a revised format where teams will be engaged over two days instead of three.

The cost-cutting measure was necessary as the TTCB grapples with severe financial constraints, but Ramkessoon predicted that the change would not prevent exciting cricket this season.

“We expect a high standard of cricket, model behaviour and a level of professionalism which will make your coaches, managers, club and supporters quite proud,” said the former national captain, who is also the Cricket Operations Officer of the TTCB.

He said the onus will be on the players with their attractive performances to act as an incentive for sponsors to come forward and assist the clubs who are being financially challenged to keep playing at the highest level of the local game.

Ramkessoon also expressed his appreciation to the umpires officiating in this season's National League saying they continue to provide yeoman service because of their passion for the game.



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