The cricketing community of the County of Berbice on Monday last expressed their total appreciation on the development and progress of the game in the Ancient County by re-electing the Keith Foster’s led Administration for another two year term.
Seven of the eight Executives were returned in block based on a motion that was passed by votes of 31 to 1 with the Albion Community Centre Cricket Club being the only dissenting vote. Former Third Vice President Richardo Bachan who is ill did not seek re-election and in the race to replace him, National selector Hubern Evans defeated Port Mourant Cricket Club President Godfrey Persaud 24 votes to 8.
The Berbice Cricket Board’s Bi-annual General Meeting was held in an atmosphere of brotherhood and unity with all delegates openly discussing proposals to propel the County’s development to another level.
Discussions were held on reports from President Keith Foster, Secretary Angela Haniff, Treasurer Anil Beharry, Competitions Committee Chairman Carl Moore and Special Events Committee Chairman Hilbert Foster.
The President in his report highlighted the remarkable progress during 2010 especially the performances of the Inter County teams and individual players while he had special praise for the work of the Special Events Committee which he stated has completely changed in a positive way the image of the Board.
The Competitions Committee report proudly stated that a record breaking 20 cricket competitions were played in Berbice while the Special Events Committee reported on a record 70 off the field programmes and projects.
Delegates had a long and fruitful discussion on the Board’s audited 2010 Financial Report and expressed confidence in Treasurer Anil Beharry’s handing of the finances.
Discussions were held on a wide range of topics including selectors’ attendance at matches, the need for Inter Zone selectors, discipline of senior national players, lack of tournaments for females, transfer of senior cricketers from one Club to another and how much matches a cricketer must play to be selected for the senior Berbice team.
Based on discussion the BCB decided to select selectors for each Zone in the County and those senior players who play in Trinidad and the USA must play a minimum of five matches combined at the one and three-day levels to be considered for selection.
Special emphasis would also be placed on the transfer of senior players among clubs as the Board would have to grant permission while a motion was piloted by Hilbert Foster of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club to specially honor Guyana Cricket Board President Chetram Singh in 2011 at a function in Berbice.
The Board in 2011 has set itself a target of at least twenty tournaments and a total of 75 off the field activities. It also aims to totally dominate all Inter County Tournaments and would start early preparation for the Under-15 competition by launching a junior elite training programme that would involve the top 40 junior players in Berbice.
The 2011 cricket season would be launched with the Rohan Kanhai Tribute Match at No. 69 Cricket Ground between West Berbice/New Amsterdam/Canje taking on Corentyne.
Off the field activities would be launched with the 4th Annual Educational Awards Scheme and the 3rd Annual Berbice Cricket Board Magazine.
The full Berbice Cricket Board Executive for the 2011/2012 term reads: President – Keith Foster, First Vice President – David Black, Second Vice President – Mark Lyte, Third Vice President – Hubern Evans, Secretary – Angela Haniff, Assistant Secretary – Carol Nurse, Treasurer – Anil Beharry and Assistant Treasurer – Romash Munna.
Returning Officer for the election was President of the Guyana Teachers’ Union Colin Bynoe who congratulated all the delegates on their discipline and unity during the elections.
President Keith Foster expressed gratitude to the Board members for their confidence in his Executive and pledged that the next two years would be even better for Berbice cricket. The new Executive will meet early next year to select the different committees of the Board.
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