Mar 28, 2013 Sports
The Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) on Saturday last hosted its 6th Annual Awards Ceremony at the New Amsterdam Town Council Hall. West Indies players Veerasammy Permaul and Shemaine Campbelle were named Male and Female Cricketers of the Year respectively while the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club copped the Club of the Year award during the gala ceremony which was well attended by cricketers, cricket officials and supporters of Berbice
Public Relations Officer and Chairman of the Board’s Special Events Committee Hilbert Foster who chaired the programme, presented a comprehensive report of the entity for the period January, 2012 to March 2013 and described their achievements during the period as phenomenal. Foster disclosed that over 20 tournaments was organised at all age levels and also at the Inter-Zone levels.
The BCB also introduced tournaments for teams within the four Sub-Zones in an effort to unearth new talent for the County.
Off the field, the Board completed over 180 programmes/activities including the Annual Review Magazine, Cricket Academy, Educational Awards Scheme, Printing of Cricket Posters, Charity Programmes, Tribute to Heroes, Tribute of Coaches among others.
Defending the BCB’s charity, educational and social activities, the long serving Administrator stated that in this modern world all aspects of a young person’s development must be taken into account as their true potential cannot be fulfilled if they are uneducated, distracted by drugs and social ills and are living in poverty.
Foster also reported on the number of players from Berbice who played for Guyana and the West Indies with special mention of the test debutants Assad Fudadin and Veerasammy Permaul. Board President Keith Foster stated that under his administration every hero in Berbice Cricket have been acknowledged and honoured. He praised his fellow Executives for working beyond the call of duty that allowed the BCB to develop into the best cricket board in the Caribbean. Noting that outstanding performances must be rewarded, the elder Foster issued a challenge to other sporting disciplines in Berbice to do likewise.
Region Six Chairman Permaul “David” Armogan, to loud applause stated that based on the BCB President’s remarks, the Region 6 RDC in 2014 would be establishing an Awards Ceremony for all sporting disciplines in the County.
Armogan along with PPPC Member of Parliament Faizal Jafferally described the Board as a perfect role model for all sporting bodies in Guyana. An emotional Jafferally called on all cricket Boards in Guyana to follow the footsteps of the BCB in order to return our cricket to the glory days.
East Coast Cricket Board President Bissoondyal Singh stated in brief remarks that the Berbice Board was a shining light in a dark period of Guyana’s history.
Permanent Secretary in the Office of the President Omar Shariff in delivering the feature address in absence of President Donald Ramoutar stated that he felt honoured and privileged to be part of the auspicious occasion.
He congratulated the Board for the excellent work it has been doing over the years and that the Board was an organisation that should be emulated by others. Sheriff urged the awardees to remain focus and to remember that discipline was the key to success. Expressing confidence in the future of Berbice cricket, the Permanent Secretary urged the BCB not to become complaisant and to always remain focus and committed.
The full list of awardees were Joshua Harricharran (Under-15 Cricketer of the Year), Shimron Hetmyer (Under-17 Cricketer of the Year), Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai (Under-19 Player of the Year), Kevon Jawahir (Under-21 Player of the Year), Jaipaul Heeralall (Berbice Intermediate Player of the Year),
Heeralall Bridgelall (Berbice Second Division Player of the Year), Steffon Adams (West Berbice Player of the Year), Quincy De Veldt (New Amsterdam/Canje Player of the Year), Mahendra Baldeo (Lower Corentyne Player of the Year), Toolaram Persaud (Upper Corentyne Player of the Year), Imran Moakan (Umpire of the Year), Michael Hyles Franco (Coach of the Year), Julian Moore (Inter-zone Coach of the Year), RHTYSC (Club of the Year), Shimron Hetmyer and Romario De Jonge Shepherd (Most Improved Players of the Year), Shemaine Campbelle (Female Cricketer of the Year) and Veerasammy Permaul (Cricketer of the Year). Veerasammy Permaul and Assad Fudadin were both honoured for their test debut while Sewnarine Chattergoon, Tremayne Smartt and Kevon Jawahir received the Most Discipline Awards at the senior, female and junior levels respectively.
Permaul and Campbelle both received trophies from Ramesh Sunich of the Trophy Stall and DVD players from A. Ally & Sons Ltd.
The BCB is expressing gratitude to all the major sponsors of the programme especially Conrad Plummer, Joseph Lewis, A. Ally & Sons, Office of the President, RDC Region 6 David Armogan, Busta, DDL, Banks DIH Ltd, Ansa Mcal, Basil Butcher, Roger Harper, Apex Insurance Broker, the Trophy Stall, Alfred Mentore, Republic Bank, Ministry of Sports, Cecil Kennard, Mayor & Town Council – New Amsterdam, Clive Lloyd, Berbice Bridge, Berbice Cricket Umpires Association, Berbice Chamber of Commerce & Development Association, Corentyne Chambers of Commerce, DTV-8, LRTVS CH10, NCN, Guyana Times, Martin Singh and Vibert Beeraspat.
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