– unveils programmes for Diamond Jubilee
The Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) has described 2013 as a highly successful one during which the board was able to organise cricket at all levels and also completed over 60 off the field programmes/activities in its ongoing effort to develop Berbice Cricket.
Public Relations Officer of the BCB and Chairman of its Special Events Committee Hilbert Foster stated that despite not been able to fulfill all of its goals due to the rainy season and the non-functioning of the Special Events Committee for six months due to his ill health, the Board was proud of its numerous achievements on and off the cricket field.
The BCB in the early part of 2013 was able to complete the 2012 edition of the Tenelec Inc 50-Overs tournament which was won by Albion Community Centre, the Neal & Massy Intermediate won by Rose Hall Town Pepsi, the Elizabeth Styles Under-19 Tournament which saw Albion Community Centre emerging as winners and the Carib Beer 20/20 First Division Tournament which was also won by Albion
At the Inter-zone Second Division level Young Warriors defeated Tucber Park for the 2013 Bobcat of Guyana trophy that was played for teams in New Amsterdam/Canje area while D’Edward won the West Berbice version to take home the Norman Singh Memorial Trophy.
Courtland All Stars defeated Albion to win the Raffik Construction Trophy for Second Division teams in the Lower Corentyne area. This was their first ever cricket title. A two day match was also played in West Berbice for the Jumbo Jet Trophy.
At the youth Inter-zone level, Lower Corentyne defeated New Amsterdam/Canje to clinch the National Communication Network Under-15 Tournament while at the Under-17 level they also won the Republic Bank title defeating the same opponents in the final. The Diamond Fire & General Insurance Under-19 Inter-zone final is still to be completed due to the rainy season and will be contested between Lower Corentyne and New Amsterdam/Canje.
Albion defeated Young Warriors Universal DVD to lift the 2013 Berbice River Bridge 50-Overs Trophy after Jonathan Foo and Sewnarine Chattergoon blasted centuries in the final. A brilliant all-round performance from Test player Assad Fudadin piloted Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets to the Namilco/Bakewell 20/20 title over Albion while Bermine got pass West Berbice to take home the Universal DVD 20/20 trophy and their first division one title since Nolan McKenzie’s century led them to championship honours at Albion in 1991.
The 2013 New Building Society 40-Overs tournament which attracted over 120 teams would be completed shortly with the finals to be contested between Young Warriors and No. 71. Albion and Rose Hall Town Farfan & Mendes will contest the 2013 Tenelec Inc Under-15 tournament final early this week while the 2013 Tenelec Inc Under-17 is currently at the quarterfinal stage.
The 2013 Hand-in-Hand Second Division Tournament for teams in West Berbice has started but has been suspended due to the weather.
At the Inter-county level, Berbice won the senior four-day tournament after crushing Demerara inside three days to register their first outright win against them since 2009.
The following Berbice players played for Guyana during 2013 – Under-15: Adrian Sukhwa, Matthew Hardyal, Sylus Tyndall. Under-17: – Brandon Prashad, Daniel Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Parmanand Ramdhan and Grisean Grant. Under-19: – Shawn Pereira, Shimron Hetmyer, Askay Homraj and Romario Shepherd. At the Female level Phaffiana Millington, Steffi Rodney and S. Ghannie and Erica Lashley represent Guyana at the Under-19 level while Shemaine Campbelle, Erva Giddings, Subrina Munroe, Melanie Henry, Trishanie Cort, Phaffiana Millington and Tremayne Smartt for the senior female team. Assad Fudadin, Devendra Bishoo, Narsingh Deonarine and Veerasammy Permaul played for the West Indies “A” team while Permaul and Deonarine represented the West Indies at the ODI and Test levels. Gudakesh Motie and Shimron Hetmyer also represented the West Indies at the Under-19 level. The trio of Subrina Munroe, Shemaine Campbelle and Tremayne Smartt were also senior members of the West Indies Female ODI and 20/20 teams.
The Board was also able to host numerous programmes during the period of January to June and that included the Berbice Educational Trust Fund, Annual Awards Ceremony, launch its Annual Review Magazine, Scotia Bank Annual Cricket Academy, Junior Elite Training Programme, Tribute to Heroes, Tribute to Retired Cricketers, Tribute to Coaches, Senior Elite Training Programme, Television programmes, Essay and Posters Competitions, Guyoil countywide coaching sessions, the unveiling of the Carib Beer Billboard of Berbice Test Players and several coaching clinics for Batsmen, Bowlers and Wicketkeepers.
The Berbice Cricket Board also made several donations of items to seventeen cricket teams and also made donations to numerous NGOs in Berbice while school bags and educational materials were also distributed to the less fortunate cricketers who are attending school.
With the Special Events Committee being reformed in early December, the BCB also assisted the Berbice Cricket Umpires Association with Christmas hampers and donated toys to Children homes and visited the New Amsterdam hospital Children Ward to share toys.
The Board, Foster stated is grateful to all of its sponsors for their continued confidence in the Board and for investing on Berbice Cricket. Special thanks were expressed to sponsors of tournaments and major programmes. The sponsors included the Office of the President, NCN, Tenelec Inc, Memorex (Amerally Sawmill), Ansa McAl, Universal DVD, Hand-in-Hand Group of Companies, GT&T, Feroze Barakat, Diamond Fire & General Insurance, Republic Bank, New GPC Inc, Ricks & Sari Ltd, Raffik Construction, Bobcat of Guyana, Elizabeth Styles, Guyoil, Neal & Massy, Norman Singh Memorial, Jumbo Jet Auto Sales, New Building Society, Bissan’s Trading, Berbice River Bridge, Namilco and Bakewell.
Meanwhile, the BCB, which was founded in 1939, will celebrate its 75th Anniversary (Diamond Jubilee) during this year and a special Committee headed by Hilbert Foster and Anil Beharry has been established to plan for the occasion.
The Committee has already started plans for the year-long celebrations. Among the plans disclosed so far is an Inter-faith Prayer session, anti-drugs cricketer’s march, a 40-page full coloured 75th Anniversary Magazine, television programmes, Essay and Quiz Competitions, launching of a Hall of Fame for Administrators, a Musical Evening with the Guyana Police Band, Special cricket match between Berbice and Georgetown, sharing out of 75 food hampers for senior citizens and a Cocktail Reception.
Plans are also on stream for a cricket discussion featuring West Indies great Clive Lloyd, Basil Butcher and another Test player and the printing of 75th Anniversary Souvenirs. The BCB intends to make the anniversary celebration an outstanding success especially the month of September and is encouraging all former test players, national players and former Administrators of Berbice Cricket who reside overseas to plan their next vacation during the month of September 2014 so that they can be part of the historic Diamond Jubilee.
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