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Borde celebrates a decade of success

Friday, April 13, 2018

Trinbago Knight Riders manager Colin Borde and success have become synonymous over the last decade, as he has won many titles and assisted in the making of some champion players in the region.

While, everyone including himself were celebrating the TKR success at the 2017 CPL T20 tournament, another column on his impressive resume was ticked. Borde was first called into management in 2008, when he was appointed to take charge of the TTCB senior team.

He remembers :”The experience was great, as I had varying degrees of experiences in my first season . We were third in the table at this time with about three games to go. We were able to win all of the remaining games and ran second to Jamaica.

“We played Jamaica in the final and unfortunately we lost that final at Sabina Park. The experience was very rewarding in that I knew that I was directly involved with the National team and its efforts.”

The people close to Borde always mention that what he has going for him, is his personal touch. He agrees :”Of greater importance to me is the opportunity to assist in the human development of the players.

Soon after Borde’s biggest assignment came and that was to take the T&T Red Force to the unheard Champions league in India. “The Champions League experience was completely different to what was the norm in the Caribbean. The crowds, media, expectation from the team and event responsibilities were far more than was experienced here in the regional tournaments. The competition was now international as opposed to regional.

“We coped very well with all of the demands given the fact that we were unaccustomed in how to prepare for such a tournament. We had no corporate help at all from Trinidad and Tobago .We did our homework and prepared as best as we could and made it all the way to the final. The captaincy of Daren Ganga was fantastic alongside the experience of Dwayne Bravo. We gelled beautifully as a group.” T&T lost to New South Wales in the final of the tournament at Hyderabad. In addition to managing the T&T team Borde also went a step further to manage the West Indies ‘A’ team and got success there as well.

Borde's working experience coupled with experience in mentoring younger players at club level as well as his experience at QPCC, TTCB executive and WICB marketing committee. He added :”Life lessons are also important as apart from your skill level at work, communication to players, staff, the administration and all the stakeholders is very important to facilitate the smooth operation of any organisation."

Borde has been very fortunate to work with top players from around the globe like Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, Ross Taylor, Mahela Jayawardene, Yasir Shah, Shadab Khan, Brendon McCullum, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Dwayne Bravo, Keiron Pollard, Umar Akmal and Simon Katich.

Outside of cricket, Borde has been able to build up quite a resume as well and has been a successful businessman. He worked at ANSA McAL for many years in management. He is also a holder of a commercial pilot’s licence, a Sports consultant to national governing bodies. Added to this Borde is also a director in the real estate Industry with a company called House Hunters. Also a Videography company called Onemanoutfit and player management company Dream Big.”

Currently outside of the CPL and his duties with the TKR, Borde has a number of projects he is working on :”I have several projects on the table. There is still more to do in the area of sports in this country. We need to see sports tourism as a real and viable option to development of Trinidad and Tobago and not always as just recreation . One of my goals is to work with the good people that we do have here to realise those dreams”

Central Empire wins in Biche cricket

Central Empire defeated Toco Tornadoes by 47 runs as matches in the Biche cricket league in partnership with Seenath’s Auto continued last night in rural Biche.

Christopher Vincent was the star of the show in front of a good crowd, making the long trip for the Central team worthwhile. Central batted first and scored 157 all out in 18.4 overs with Saiba Batoosingh getting 62 off 41 balls and Leonardo Julien 15 from 12. I Modeste was the pick of the bowlers for Central taking 3/25.

Vincent, who plays for Central Sports in the National League, then grabbed a hat-trick enroute to figures of four wickets for three runs, as Tornadoes made 110 all out in 18 overs.

Action continues tonight in the popular tournament.


Central Empire: 157 all out in 18. 4 overs (S. Batoosingh: 62, L. Julien 15, I. Modeste 3/25, T. Edwards 2 for 26) vs TYVA Toco Tornadoes 110 all out (D. Figaro 33 no, E. Walcott 22, C. Vincent 4/3, A. Laurent 3/22) - Result: Central Empire win by 47 runs.

Hawks 180 for 5 (20) (Ryan Ramsary 66, Alex Ali 47, Johnathon Singh 2/23) vs Plum Mitan Strikers 181 for 4 (19)(Johnathon Singh 83no, Videsh Barran 45no) - Result: Plum Mitan Strikers won by 6 wickets.

Penal Sports celebrating 50 years

The Penal Sports Association, celebrating 50 years of unbroken sporting service, bowled off its 2018 cricket competitions recently with 14 teams participating in its Division I, limited overs competition.

The Association, which was established in 1968, and which has been organizing cricket competitions on an annual basis without failing since then, continues to be headed by the very experienced and knowledgeable sporting administrator Leo Doodnath, who is as well, the current Vice Chairman of the Siparia Regional Corporation, and the President of the Siparia Chamber of Commerce.

At the end of the season, the Association plans to host a gala Awards Ceremony in commemoration of its 50th anniversary.

The Association can be contacted via its General Secretary Mr. Carl Birjah at 363 5245.



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