At a simple but significant ceremony held recently, the Young Warriors Cricket Club of Cumberland, East Canje, Berbice honoured three outstanding sons of the East Canje area namely: Mr Ancel Hazel, Mr Mortimer
George and attorney at law Mr Mursalene Bacchus with life membership for their contribution to the game of cricket and community development in general.
Speaking on behalf of the club, former national senior cricketer Hubern Evans told the young cricketers in attendance that they may not know these gentlemen too well but they should read up on Berbice cricket history and then they will understand their massive contribution to society, cricket in particular. He thanked the three gentlemen for the role they played over the years.
Mr George was a policeman in his youthful days and a fearsome fast bowler who represented the county of Berbice. George also served the Berbice Cricket Board in several positions and was the longest serving secretary.
Attorney at law Mr Bacchus is the president since the club was resuscitated over 15 years ago.
Mr Hazel is a founder member of the Cumberland Cricket Club now YWCC and went on to play first division for Rose Hall Estate CC. He then went on to play for Berbice in the first ever inter county cricket competition. He was also the headmaster of the Cumberland Primary School and served in the Berbice Cricket Board in all possible positions. He was also a village Councilor before heading the said Neighbourhood Democratic Council.
In response on behalf of all the recipients, Mr Hazel thanked the club for the kind gesture and promised to help the further development of the club in every possible way. He charged the cricketers, which included West Indies Under-19 and Senior National opener Shimron Hetmyer, to make full use of the opportunities available these days with so much financial benefits to be had when you are a successful cricketer. He related how difficult things were in the old days but admitted that the joy of playing the game was the motivating factor in those times. In closing, he expressed disappointment in the abolishment of Senior Inter County cricket in Guyana, taking away the pride of playing for one’s county. He said that he is not too sure what will be the incentives the youngsters will now play for. He hopes that that decision will be reversed in the near future.
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