BCB secures sponsorship for 2010 competitions
Tenelec Inc. pumps $1.25 M into U-15 & Div. 1 50 overs tournaments
The year 2010 is still one month away but Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) has already secured sponsorship for two major competitions in the Ancient County for next year compliments of Tenelec Inc. of Maryland, USA.
The overseas based company has joined hands with the Berbice Board to continue a highly successful relationship which started two years ago, 2007. Tenelec has injected a total of $1.25 Million for hosting the Tenelec Inc. /Berbice Under-15 and Tenelec Inc. /Berbice 50 overs First Division competitions.
The company headed by Tom Gruentzel and Bobby Deonarine, who is the uncle of West Indies Test Player Narsingh Deonarine, has expressed total satisfaction with the BCB’s financial stewardship apart from their successful staging of the competition over the years.
BCB President Keith Foster at the presentation ceremony hailed the contribution of Tenelec which aids in the development of Berbice cricket. He noted the importance of the Under-15’s which together with the Under 13’s is the nursery for the sport in Berbice since it guides and nurtures the young players in becoming professionals as well as positive role models.
Tenelec’s sponsorship at the first-division level has been a main contributory factor in Berbice dominating the senior inter-county tournaments. The Ancient County won both the One Day and Four Day tournaments this year.
Treasurer of the BCB Anil Beharry in accepting the cheque expressed his delight at the renewal of the sponsorship so early. He stated that the board had to be doing things right for a major sponsor to renew its sponsorship before the start of the year.
Beharry stated that the Board will again host a successful tournament. “Berbice Cricket over the past two years has been undergoing unprecedented development and that in 2010 more development would take place as the current administration’s main goal is to make Berbice the best in Guyana and the Caribbean on and off the cricket field.”
Mr. Bobby Deonarine in an invited comment said that he was excited to be associated with Berbice cricket and he was sure that his Company’s Investment would not only assist the youths to be involved in sports but would produce more outstanding Berbice cricketers like his nephew Narsingh Deonarine.
Meanwhile, Public Relations Officer and Special Events Committee Chairman Hilbert Foster disclosed that about 50 teams would take part in the Under-15 tournament which would be used to select the BCB Under-15 team for 2010.
Foster also disclosed that the Board would organise a special luncheon to honour all the County Cricket teams which in 2009 made Berbice proud.
The luncheon would be a thank you gesture from the Board and would be used to enforce the need to work harder for more success in 2010.