A large, colourful and vibrant crowd couldn’t ask for a better Sunday evening last as Enmore Community Centre Cricket Club (ECCCC) produced a clinical bowling effort to stun Strathavon in the final of the club’s anniversary T20 Cricket Festival.Playing at the Enmore Community Centre ground, ECCCC bowlers stoutly defended a total of 103 made in 17.2 overs, by dismissing Strathavon for a paltry 57 with two overs to spare.The 46-run victory for ECCCC meant the Bheemraj Ramkelawan-led side had exacted revenge on Strathavon, who won a T20 final between the two sides in 2016 at the Fairfield ground.The victory was perfect for the occasion, as it was the first time in the club’s history that floodlight hardball cricket was being played at the venue.Ramkelawan called correctly at the toss and swiftly decided to take first strike, a decision that paid immediate dividends as ECCCC raced to 44 off the first five overs. Openers Ramkelawan (21) and Imran Hassan (14) were particularly severe on anything remotely loose, giving their team a flying start.However, with both falling in quick succession, the innings went into decline, and had it not been for a quick-fire 22 from Navindra Gobin down the order ECCCC faced the danger of being dismissed for a double-figure total.Kevin Latiff and Naresh Samaroo bagged 3-17 and 3-19 respectively for Strathavon, whose batsmen were harbouring thoughts of an early night with such a small target to chase.The difficulty with batting under the light however, didn’t escape Strathavon and their batsmen made a mess of a run-chase that never really got started. Wickets tumbled like rolling pins in the face of some disciplined bowling from the ECCCC bowlers, led by spinner Christopher Surat, who claimed 3-10 off four overs.Satesh Jainarine kept a stranglehold on proceedings, conceding just six runs from his four overs and also claiming two wickets. For his superb bowling effort, Surat was named Man-of-the-Match.Strathavon had earlier qualified for the final following a 117-run whipping of Helena Number One and Two in the opening match of the day. Batting first, Strathavon took full advantage of a superb batting wicket and lightning fast outfield to pile up 205-4 from the allotted 20 overs.The nature of the pitch was demonstrated by the high number of sixes in the innings- 12 in total. Skipper Gobindram Hemraj, the elder brother of Guyana Jaguars batsman Chandrapaul Hemraj, led the way with a classy innings of 61, the left-hander cracking six fours and two sixes.Sewchand Budhu bludgeoned five maximums in a shot-filled 55, while opener Richard Chatura contributed 34 (3x4s, 2x6s). Ganesh Sugrim (22) and Zaki Salim (18*) did the finishing touches towards the back-end of the innings.K. Seedyal took 2-31 for Helena Number One and Two, who just couldn’t find momentum in the run-chase, falling for 88 in 19 overs. Mohan Ronald, who was eventually named Man-of-the-Match, was outstanding with the ball, claiming 5-18 from four overs. R. Ramkission made 20 and J. Persaud 19.In the other game of the day, Lower East Coast outplayed Upper East Coast by 61 runs in a 15-over contest. Man-of-the-Match Ryan Hemraj smashed a belligerent 52 (5x6s, 2x4s) to set up Lower East Coast’s total of 186-6, with Sunil Singh chipping in with 35 (3x4s, 2x6s), J. Wilson (26*) and C. McPherson (22).Ferron Kadir took 2-17 for Upper East Coast, who finished on 125-3 at the completion of the overs. D. Persaud made 43 (3x4s, 3x6s) and M. Bameswari 32 (4x6s), while S. Budhu had 2-11 off three overs.Regrettably, the other planned game between Enmore Masters and Everest Masters had to be called off due to unforeseen circumstances. Funds garnered from the event will go towards cricket development at ECCCC and the club’s upcoming trip to Trinidad and Tobago.The event was sponsored by Rajin Auto Paint, Nexa Autocolor, R.Kissoon Construction Service, Motor Trend Auto Spares and Repairs, Radesh Furniture Est. D&E Tent Rental, Trophy Stall, Cone Island, Banks DIH, SE Auto Sales and Auto Spares, Cricket Zone USA and Young Takers Sound System.
Carolyne Prevost has only played in 19 of UW’s 26 games – due to a knee injury – but still boasts 39 points on 17 goals 22 assists, which is good for fourth most on the team.[/media-credit]After suffering a mid-season injury, senior forward and assistant captain Carolyne Prevost returned to the ice and is already making significant contributions to the Wisconsin women’s hockey team.Prevost tallied seven points in a two game series against the North Dakota Sioux Jan. 13-14. It was just her second series back after missing several games due to a knee injury. The Western Collegiate Hockey Association named Prevost offensive player of the week on Wednesday for her impressive four goals and three assists against the Sioux.In game one of the series, she posted one goal and three assists to help the Badgers beat UND in a decisive 8-2 victory. While game two was less successful for UW, tying the Sioux 4-4, Prevost put away three of the team’s goals, her second hat trick of the season.“You don’t know how kids will be after going though an extended time off and fighting an injury, but [Prevost] worked hard through rehab and getting herself in good condition,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “When you come back and have success, that helps with the confidence right away, so it was good to see her play the way she has the last four games, and it certainly helps us win.”While the team tied and lost in their series at Minnesota in early January, it was a successful first weekend back for Prevost. She assisted on two goals and scored one of her own in the first game.However, the success Prevost is bringing to the ice is nothing new for the Badgers. Throughout the season, Prevost has been consistently creating opportunities and scoring goals, making her a major contributor to Wisconsin’s impressive accomplishments this season.She currently ranks fourth on the team in points at 36, with 17 goals and 19 assists.“I think her consistency in each game has been her biggest asset this past year,” Johnson said. “From the first games to where we are right now, she has played each game the same way; she has played hard, … and the confidence she has built along with the scoring is a pretty good combination.”Along with consistency, Prevost’s speed, allowing her to quickly get up the ice, has been a major asset to her teammates. The Badgers have found great success with Prevost in their first line alongside junior forward Brianna Decker and senior forward Brooke Ammerman. Together, the trio has combined for 62 of the team’s 117 goals this season.“Our chemistry has been great, we’re having fun and were staying positive, and I think that has carried though to success on the ice,” Prevost said.With the early success Prevost had to start off the season, including three goals and two assists back in October against the Sioux, her knee injury came at the most inopportune time. Prevost missed the last five games of 2011, including the series against Minnesota State and Bemidji State in December.While the senior saw her injury as a setback in her final year as a Badger, she took advantage of her time off the ice to see the bigger picture and make a successful recovery, which has only motivated her further.“It was a setback having an injury, especially senior year when you are trying to take everything in and you have to miss a few games,” Prevost said. “But I had time to step back and look at the big picture and appreciate a lot of the things that I don’t when I was just going to the rink everyday.”Prevost has been in a world of hockey ever since she was young. The native of Ontario, Canada, followed in her father’s footsteps as a hockey player since starting to play at age 6, and she hasn’t looked back since.As she looks forward with her career at Wisconsin winding down, Prevost can’t see her time on the ice ending soon.“I still want to be playing hockey. I’m not sure where I will be next year, hopefully somewhere in Ontario or Canada,” she said. “Hopefully, I will keep going with the [Canadian] national team program and see where that all takes me.”