EUSTACE & DIANNE TILLETT DAWSON, HEAD COACH & OWNER
(L) CAPTAIN LAWRENCE BANNER, "MAN OF THE MATCH"
The Brilliant Cricket Team of Crooked Tree Village-2009 Champs
Crooked Tree Village is now home to the Belize Rural Cricket Championship Trophy for the third year in a row.
Brilliant, by virtue of their unbelievable, inconceivable defeat of Excellence of Double Head Cabbage, have now won Belize Rural Cricket Championship, with a sensational blow out at Lords Bank Cricket Field 135 to 93. What more could you ask from cricket’s champions of champions.
The game started with disappointments as Brilliant of Crooked Tree opted to bat first and the wickets started falling like ripe mangoes from a tree. Brilliant at one time, struggling to score 50 runs; with 46 for 8, Crooked Tree then moved to 58 for 9. A spectacular performance by Lawrence Banner and Varon “Mun” Westby, Crooked Tree surprised the cheering fans and ended up with 135 all out with “man of the match” Lawrence Banner batting 61 not out.
When it was Excellence of Double Head Cabbage turn to bat, Crooked Tree changed 4 bowlers before the 16th over, when Double Head had their first man out with 43 runs on the score board. Exceptional bowling by Brandon “FUD” Lewis made Crooked Tree rebounded and in the end dismissed Double Head for 93. Crooked Tree fans then swarmed the Lord’s Bank Field celebrating in victory.
Each of Brilliant’s star players were discovered off the streets in Crooked Tree Village. They do not receive any salary, and struggle to practice and take care of their families. Somehow, this group of dedicated rag tag players, continue to win year after year.
In these economic hard times in Belize and around the world, how can you not feel proud that it’s Brilliant who has become the model for cricket in all of Belize? Teams and players have come and gone, but the brilliance of Brilliant just keeps on coming.
They have been sponsored by Eustace"Tes" Dawson for many years, and we say well done to Tes. They repeatedly win without the big time backers and the arrogant knuckleheads that dominate much of professional sports all over the world. The Brilliant Cricket Team should be celebrated!
Can you not love the brilliance built on pride, passion and their adoring fans? SQUAD: Lawrence Banner (Captain), Lyle Tillett, Arthuro Wade, Landis “Ciego” Wade, Brandon Lewis, Heckland Adolphus, Varon “Mun” Westby, Rodwell Cornique, Eldon Wade, Germaine Smith and Shane Westby.
Coach and owner, Dawson is a good example of hard work and dedication. He became coach at a time when Brilliant was in a period of decline, some 13 years ago.
“I am really delighted to once again lead my team to victory. We have been training all season and our only goal was the victory trophy. One of the means of achieving this goal is through adequate practice and preparations. The series was competitive; we played hard and had very good team spirits. This is a wonderful opportunity for the cricket loving people of Belize and beyond to celebrate, and to embrace the future as demonstrated by our young cricketers from Crooked Tree Village. No other team in the history of cricket in Belize has ever won the championship three years in a row. The passion of the game is alive and well”
A special trophy presentation ceremony will be held later this month in Crooked Tree Village. The presentation will be followed by a marathon match featuring the "Champs" and other teams from the division.
Coach Dawson said that it’s getting very expensive to run the team. They are hoping to get more sponsors for their games and that will help to promote and spread the game of cricket.
If you would like to make a donation of cricket gear, please contact Coach Dawson at: email@example.com or 713-609-9381
Special thanks to Johnny Gillett II