CBL 10th leg: Tropical Titans outshine rivals to win at Kayamkulam as well
Outperformingrivals by several yards amid loud cheers from spectators,TropicalTitans emergedvictors yet again today at Race 10, stirring up prospects of scoring a thirdhat-trick in the Champions Boat League (CBL). Theeveningâ€™s winners, with a timing of 4:39.76 along the 900-metre track at theKayamkulam backwaters, surged further up the points position at 143, taking anunassailable lead after the 10th round of the pioneering water event modelledon IPL cricket. Thefinal race saw a photo-finish for the first and second runners-up, with CoastDominators coming second by clocking 5:17.17 and Raging Rowers (5:17.60) endingthird.
TropicalTitans yet again became the Nerolac Excel Fastest Team of the Day with thebest timing of 4:26.90 during the heats. The team, owned by PallathuruthySports Club, has so far lost only the fifth round of the three-month CBL atKochi, where Coast Dominators came a surprise first on October 5. Withtwo more CBL rounds left (at Kallada next weekend and the final in Kollam onNovember 23), the event has sprung a bright chance for Tropical Titans to scorea third hat-trick if they win the coming race. The team had won hat-tricks â€”first in the third round at Karuvatta (September 14) and then at Kainakary(October 26). Theoverall tally has Raging Rowers currently standing second with 70 points,followed by Coast Dominators (63) and, at fourth with just a pointless, Mighty Oars(62). At fifth andsixth respectively are Backwater Knights (51) and Pride Chasers (44). Occupyingthe last three spots are Backwater Warriors (seventh, 31 points), Thunder Oars(eighth, 24) and Backwater Ninjas at the bottom with 22 points. TheKayamkulam leg saw two instances of penalty. Backwater Warriors violated track,thus inviting a five-second addition to their timing in the second loserâ€™sfinal. Backwater Knights had seven rowers not sticking to uniform, also leadingto an addition of five seconds to the teamâ€™s timing at the heats.
Theall-Saturday races that began at Punnamada in Alappuzha on August 31 offer prizemonies totalling Rs 5.9 crore that makes CBL the countrys fourth highest-paidsports tournament. While the dayâ€™s topper secures Rs 5lakh, it is Rs 3 lakh and Rs 1 lakh for the second and third finishers. Allparticipating teams are entitled to Rs 4 lakh per match. The overall winner ofthe championships is entitled to Rs 25 lakh, followed by Rs 15 lakh and Rs 10lakh for the second and third prize winners. TheKayamkulam leg was inaugurated by Kerala Finance Minister Dr T M Thomas Isaac. TourismMinister Mr Kadakampally Surendran was the chief guest at the function that waspresided by Kayamkulam MLA Ms U Prathibha Hari. The other VIPs on the dais wereMr A M Ariff, MP, Kerala Tourism Development Corporation Managing Director MrKrishna Teja and former legislator Mr C K Sadasivan besides star Germanfootballer Patrick Owomoyela.