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They would leave
their jobs, the comfort
of their homes and sac-
rifice the time with their
families for cricket, but
why do umpires do it?
On a rainy day at Egypt
Village in Point Fortin, um-
pires Ronald Ramkissoon
and Stephen Lakhram time
and again went out to get
play underway in the Shell
Interzone clash between
South and Southwest.
They even went beyond
the call of duty and pulled
covers all in an effort to get
cricket underway, which
they finally did much to the
enjoyment of the under-13
They could have easily
called off play and left for
home but uppermost on
their minds were the dis-
appointment etched in the
faces of the young men.
It was also a farewell for
umpire Ramkissoon who
had given yeoman service
to the sport that he loved.
He was moving to the US to
continue his umpiring and
the 68-year old said he was
involved in cricket for its
development and not his
Lakhram who was
thrilled to do Ramkissoon's
final game with him said
umpiring was a thankless
job but cricket has always
been the driving force. "I
am a secondary school
teacher and I don't get time
off to umpire these games
because they are Interzone
matches and not national
duty. However, I see my-
self as having a role in the
game's development, do-
ing my part as an umpire
and this is why I come out
all the time.
"Ramkissoon and I, as
well as the most of the oth-
er umpires come out match
after match and take abuse
from players and fans but
stay the course because
we know the importance
of our roles as officials of
this great sport."
Said Ramkissoon: "I
have enjoyed my time
umpiring here and will be
going to continue my work
abroad. I love to see crick-
et played and teams battle
out fairly and my role is to
make sure that happens
to the best of my ability.
Cricket is a great sport and
it develop in the Southwest
Zone where it really needs
Hibiscus Ladies will battle Moosai Sports Club hoping to
advance to the semifinals of the Premiership Division in the
T&T Women's Cricket Association Twenty20 (T20) when the
teams meet on Thursday.
The eliminator match will bowl off at 10 am at Gilbert
Park in California with the winner moving on to meet Preysal
Pheonix at 2.30 pm at the same vennue, to tangle for a spot
in the final against Technocrats.
The title match will be played at National Cricket Centre
(NCC) in Balmain, Couva on Sunday from 2.30pm.
A similar battle will rage in the Championship Division,
with Waterloo meeting Mafeking at 10 am at the Bamboo
Recreation Ground looking progress to the next round.
In the semifinal, the winner will play the University of the
West Indies from 2.30 pm at the Bamboo venue. Awaiting
the winner is other finalist Preysal Achievers. That finale is
also set for Sunday at NCC at 10 am.
For the sake of cricket
Coach hailed for Central U13
Shell double victories
President of the Monroe Road Sports Club, Manohar
Ramsaran has commended coach Ishwar Roger Ramnath
after his teams claimed two titles in the 2017 cricket season.
Ramnath led Monroe Road to the Championship Division
crown of the T&T Cricket Board competition, and was also
victorious with the Central Zone Under-13 team in the Shell
sponsored inter zone tournament.
Ramsaran, who chaired the Central Zone executive last
season, said Ramnath has deservedly reaped the rewards of
his hard work and dedication by fashioning Monroe Road and
the Under-13s cricketers into championship winning cricketers.
He said the Caroni native, who works at the Tunapuna/
Piarco Regional Corporation has translated his passion for
the game into refining his skills as a noteworthy coach in a
short time and has a knack of getting the best of his players.
Ramsaran said that Farouk Ghany, manager of the Under-13s
must also be complimented for his role in helping Central Zone
to their first silverware in the Shell age group tournament
which this year was dominated by South and East.
He also named Dennis Lutchman, assistant coach/manager
of the Monroe Road team for the extra effort he made in
ensuring that the club remained competitive by providing
what was required administratively for them to succeed.
WELL DONE UMPS!
congratulates his peer
Ronald Ramkissoon on
officiating his final local
match at James Park in
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