By Neto Baptiste
A senior player on the CUB Bethesda Golden Eagles cricket team, wicketkeeper batsman Deran Benta, has blamed inconsistent batting for their under-par performance in the just concluded Cool & Smooth T20 Explosion.
Eagles went down by 89 runs on the Duckworth and Lewis method to champions PIC Liberta Blackhawks in Saturday’s final after rain ended their chase at the Coolidge Cricket Ground.
“We just have to move on because we weren’t really batting good for the whole tournament. The bowling has been doing well for us but the batting didn’t show up in the finals though, and we were on the losing part of it. We have to give props to those guys [Blackhawks] because they train hard and they came out fearless; did what they had to do,” he said.
Chasing Blackhawks’ 165 for five, Eagles were 61 for nine when rain stopped play and the match was eventually abandoned. Eagles had gotten off to a poor start, losing top order batsmen, Devon Thomas, Sushant Modani, and Benta without troubling the scorers.
Benta said the team must learn from the experience and improve going forward.
“We didn’t deliver the goods like we were supposed to and everybody expected us to, but next year we’ll be here again. To be honest, I am still sitting down wondering where we went wrong but we will talk about it with the coach. We all have to look into the mirror at ourselves and see where we went wrong and what we need to do and what we have to drop,” he said.
The champion team walked away with $22,000 while Bethesda received $10,000 for finishing second. A total of $5,000 went to Rising Sun Spartans for finishing third and Jennings Tigers took away $2,500 for finishing in the fourth position.