ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Former national player and captain of the Pigotts Crushers cricket team, Anthony “Butters” Lake, said he was confident that his batting line-up would have gotten to the 117 runs set by Bethesda for victory in the finals of the Cool & Smooth Twenty20 tournament quite easily.
The former Leeward Islands player, who spoke following his team’s crushing nine-wicket victory over the previously undefeated Caribbean Union Bank (CUB) sponsored Bethesda team, said the game plan after they had restricted the opponent’s explosive batting line-up to the low score, was to simply cruise to victory.
“Getting 117 runs in 20 overs is gettable and the wicket was flat so I just wanted the guys to go out and take it in stages. If you realise, only one six was hit throughout the entire game when we were batting and it was a top-edge that went down I think off Gavin Tongue; but apart from that it was balls stroked through areas, getting twos and getting fours occasionally. It wasn’t a big-hitting game,” he said.
Lake also highlighted his pleasure over the fact that the tournament was able to bring a number of the country’s young talented players to the forefront.
“There is a bit more urgency. If you look at the kids and this is what this competition was actually aimed at which is bringing kids back into the game and that is why before the competition started we went to lots of schools, gave out tickets and spoke to lots of kids; and if you looked at the games, every chance the kids got to go on that field, they made use of it. So it was just a way of bringing kids or introducing it,” Lake said.
“If you did not know about the game, you would have heard about it now; and if you had seen it before, then you would want to play it. Lots of the players would not have played on a ground that would have played international cricket before because it is a different atmosphere all together.”
Crushers collected the $20,000 winners’ prize, while Bethesda received $10,000 and Cecil Charles Mahico took the $5,000 third place prize.
A member of the organising committee, Sowerby Gomes, said all prize monies have been paid.
“All the cheques are good to go. In fact, you would have recorded that we had over 15 MVPs throughout the tournament and all would have received their $500 for all the games. So we did not wait until Saturday night to give out all the MVPs but would have received theirs according as related to the matches,” Gomes said.
“So we have been delivering from the organisers’ standpoint in delivering to the players and in spite of how we would have put a package together to deliver for the viewing audience who came out and supported all the teams is that the players out there who played on the night are the ones who created that excitement, they delivered.”
Jason Peters, who was adjudged Man of the Match for his knock of 48 off 47 deliveries including six boundaries, was awarded $1,000 cash prize, a Samsung Galaxy S4 courtesy LIME, and a LCD flat screen TV courtesy Town House Mega Store.