– Butcher urges Berbice cricketers to development themselves
The Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) last weekend hosted two highly successful
cricket coaching clinics for junior batsmen and spinners in the ancient county at Area “H” Ground with the batsmen clinic on Saturday 25th February and the spinners on Sunday 26th February.
The clinics were conducted by Winston Smith and Julian Moore and were the final sets for junior cricketers for the first quarter for 2012.
Hilbert Foster, Chairman of BCB Special Events Committee stated that 43 junior batsmen attended the batting clinic including Kandasammy Surujnarine, Linden Austin, Shawn Pereira, Veerapen Permaul, Viendra Gooniah, Arif Chan and Shailendra Shameer. Some of the spinners present on Sunday (26 February) included Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai, Kevin Ramdeen, Daniel Lewis, Sharaz Ramcharran and Shawn Pereira.
Foster expressed satisfaction at the attendance at both clinics and also for the fast bowling and wicketkeeping clinics. He disclosed that the junior selection committee under the chairmanship of Leslie Solomon and the coaches would release a thirty five member elite squad this week for both the Under-15 and Under-19 levels to start special training for upcoming Inter-county tournaments
Head Coach Julian Moore disclosed that he and his fellow coaches were highly impressed with the high level of talents available in the county and stated that the BCB should be commended for undertaking this massive coaching programme during the current rainy season.
Moore expressed assurance that Berbice would continue its dominance of Guyana’s junior cricket with the talents available.
Former West Indies batting great, Basil Butcher who was at the closing ceremony of the batting clinic gave an inspirational fifteen minutes talk to the young cricketers. Butcher who played 44 test matches for West Indies urged his attentive audience to practice and train on a regular and continuous basis and to be discipline at all times.
He traced his rise from his days at the Port Mourant Cricket Club (PMCC) to playing at the historic Lords Cricket Ground. Everyone, Butcher said has the opportunity to represent the West Indies at the highest level once they have the talents, discipline and commitment.
Butcher praised BCB which is headed by his eldest son Keith Foster for the great work done to lift Berbice to higher stance.
He further urged the young cricketers to support the BCB efforts and to seek ways to develop themselves even more.
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