Successful Scotia Bank Cricket Academy closes in Berbice
The third Annual Scotia Bank Cricket Academy organised by the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) concluded last Friday after a packed five-day programme at the Rose Hall Town Ground, Corentyne.
The tight schedule not only consisted of intense coaching sessions conducted by former Guyana Cricket Board Coach Michael Hyles Franco along with Senior Coaches Winston Smith and Delbert Hicks for the Under-13 to 19 cricketers attending; but lectures on various topics including general etiquette, cricket laws, the value of education, finance and the history of Berbice cricket.
A special participant was 67 year-old Chitranjandas Nipakra of Bush Lot, West Berbice.
Present at the closing ceremony was BCB President Mr. Keith Foster who in remarks said that the Annual Scotia Bank Academy was integral to the development of the game in the Ancient County.
He noted that it was one of the reasons that Berbice has been dominating youth cricket in Guyana over the past few years and felt that from what he observed, many of this year’s participants will soon go on to represent the County and Guyana at the youth level while playing their part in Berbice’ continued dominance over the next few years.
Foster had special praise for the work by the Coaches reminding that Berbice has produced its fair share of test cricketers over the years and that the younger players should be inspired by this fact. Those players donning the maroon cap are Brendon Bess, Devendra Bishoo and Assad Fudadin.
He said that it was a great moment for Berbice and Guyana to see Narsingh Deonarine and Fudadin playing in the same test match for West Indies in the first test against New Zealand.
The President told the participants that with the weather showing signs of improvement, they will be properly occupied with youth competitions organised by the BCB for the rest of the August holidays. Elite squads from each competition will be in training soon.
Scotia Bank was complimented for their sponsorship of the Academy and for their continuing support of Berbice cricket. The participants were also complimented for their attentiveness.
Coach Hyles also weighed in with praise for Scotia Bank and charged the participants to go back to their clubs and put what they have learnt to practice and to share same with their fellow club members.
BCB Secretary Ms. Angela Haniff congratulated the participants for being eager to learn and taking in all that was taught to them. She urged them to continue in that trend.
Special trophies were awarded to three participants from the different age groups for their discipline, punctuality, following instructions and general attentiveness; Under-19 – Loyydel Lewis of Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, Under-17 – Jamal Jackman of Skeldon Community Centre and Under-13 & 15 – Totaram Rajaram of Skeldon Community Centre.