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East Mucurapo Secondary, a team which
was recently relegated from the SSFL Pre-
mier Division competition, yesterday
claimed the CocaCola InterCol North Zone
competition with a penalty shoot-out win
over St Mary s College.
The match ended goalless at the Hasely
Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, and went
straight to penalty kicks, which Mucurapo
won 4-2, courtesy of a pair of fine saves
from goalkeeper Aaron Enil, a short-listed
player for the national Under-20 team. After
finishing second from bottom in the Premier
Division, Mucurapo performed creditably to
win the zonal competition for the first time
since 2008, the same year it also captured
the coveted National InterCol crown with
the help current senior T&T players Kevin
Molino and Joevin Jones.
It was also sweet revenge for Mucurapo,
which lost the North Zone final in 2007 to
the "Saints." Ironically, St Mary's last won
the zonal InterCol title as a Senior Division
With the victory, East Mucurapo advance
to the lone InterCol "quarterfinal" match on
Tuesday, where it will meet Tobago InterCol
winner Speyside Secondary, at Shaw Park.
The winner of that match will meet East
champion San Juan North in the first semi-
final on Friday, a day after St Benedict's Col-
lege (South) and Carapichaima East (Central)
contest the first semifinal.
Aside from making two penalty saves to
win it for Mucurapo, Enil made one key stop
in the first half off a Sebastien Cabral free
kick. But, he displayed some of his finest
moments while shutting down threatening
set pieces and crosses throughout the match
with top handling, footwork and positioning.
On the other hand, it was a bitter loss for
St Mary's, which turned up with its typically
energetic supporters. The Saints also enjoyed
Fall out from India pull out...
out Nagico Super50
Associate teams will no longer take part in the
2015 Nagico Super50 cricket series.
With the tournament due to get off in early Jan-
uary, the WICB had originally planned to bring in
three Associate teams to join the six territorial
teams and the Combined Colleges and Campuses
(CCC). The Associates that were interested in
coming to take part were the United States, Canada
A WICB source revealed that due to financial
constraints and not knowing what the final bill
will be from the Board of Control for Cricket in
India (BCCI) for the aborted tour, the directors
decided against the extra spending to have the
Associate teams participate.
At the moment the WICB has a bill before them
worth US$41.97m and this is expected to increase,
as the BCCI continues to estimate their total loss-
es.It was agreed that 10 teams would have taken
part and they would have been split into two
groups of five each and hosted in two Islands sep-
arate from Trinidad. At the end of this tournament,
the six territorial teams T&T Red Force, Windwards
Volcanoes, Jamaica, Guyana Jaguars, Barbados
Pride and the Leewards, would have progressed
to the Super Six stage which would have been
hosted in T&T, together with the semi-finals and
A decision was taken by the WICB earlier this
week to do away with the 10-team format and
instead, play an eight-team tournament in T&T.
Apart from the regular six territorial teams, a West
Indies Under-19 team, as well as a CCC team, will
The Nagico Super50 tournament will enter its
second edition after a successful stint in 2014.
The tournament will be rooted in T&T for the
next two years, as the government of T&T has
made a significant investment into the tournament,
as part of their trust into the sport tourism sec-
East Mucurapo stuns CIC to win North Zone InterCol
several dominant spells in both half. Mucurapo, how-
ever, had several more opportunities to win outright.
Despite a somewhat cautious display from both
teams, it was an entertaining event, even with the rain
creating havoc for both defences.
Micah Lansiquot almost gave Mucurapo a lead in
the 25th minute when he hit a blistering strike that
went just wide of Saints' goalkeeper Kristopher Don-
aldson's post. Just over five minutes later, Cabral struck
a powerful and accurate freekick from a tight angle,
which Enil parried out of play. In the 40th minute,
Mucurapo's national Under-17 player Tekay Hoyce
made a dazzling run into the opponents' penalty area
and fell in a heap, but the referee waved off appeals.
Moments before the end of the first half, Travell
Edwards nearly capitalized on miscommunication
between the Saints' defence and goalkeeper, and with
Donaldson at his mercy, his skied an effort, which
would likely have been in the goal with a little com-
There were fewer opportunities to score in the
second period for either team as the weather only
worsened. However, one of the key moments for
Mucurapo to once again find a lead came from Kazim
Donald, who found himself in front of goal with just
Donaldson to beat, but the custodian was quick and
brave, sliding in to take the ball of the striker's feet.
The match came to a close with neither team looking
content with leaving spot kicks to decide the outcome.
In the end, Mucurapo deservedly won the title after
an otherwise disappointing campaign.
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