Date remains the same
Whilst the date remains Sunday, the venue for the 15th Annual Balram Shane challenge fund raising 50 overs cricket match between archrivals Albion Community and Port Mourant and the third annual Volleyball competition has been changed. Originally set for the Albion Community Centre the venue has now been shifted to the Port Mourant Community Centre and hard court, a stone’s throw away.
The cricket match and volleyball competition are sponsored by popular Rose Hall Town businessman Deonarine Balram of The Balram Shane General store situated in the township.
The sponsor is once again guaranteeing fans a full day’s activity despite the change of venue.
A close reviving encounter is anticipated in the cricket match, which is almost always the scenario when the two teams meet in any competition.
Although defending champions Albion has been the dominant factor winning 12 of the encounters, with Port Mourant winning twice and one encounter suffering a wash out, the encounters have been close. Last year Albion rebounded to snatch victory when they were down and almost out.
The winning team will receive the Balram Shane Memorial trophy and cash incentives, while the runners-up will also be adequately rewarded. A number of individual awards will also be up for grab including the man of the match, best bowler and best batsman among others, all compliments of the sponsor and his family who will be on hand to bowl the first ball and present the winners with their accolades. Starting time is 09:30 hrs.
The fourth edition of the Balram Shane Volleyball competition will start at 10:00 hrs.
Most of the top volleyball teams in Berbice including defending champions GuySuco Training Centre/Port Mourant (GTC/PM), Port Mourant Jaguars, Albion Community Centre, Falcons of East Canje, Rollers of New Amsterdam and Three door strikers of West Berbice are expected to participate.
According to Organiser Deonarine Balram the competitions are being played in memory of his father who was a former cricket and sports enthusiast. He stated that apart from Cricket it is way of giving back to the community from which they garner support.
Proceeds from the game will be divided and distributed to the two teams and other entities to assist them with cricket and other sporting developments. (Samuel Whyte)
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