Apr 12, 2018 Sports
For the first time ever Female Cricketers in the Ancient County would be involved in a tournament organised by the Berbice Cricket Board. There is no Inter-club Female Cricket Tournament organised by any other county board or the Guyana Cricket Board and in fact the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, MS is the only Club in Guyana to have a full time female team. The Berbice Female Cricket Tournament would involve the Rose Hall Town Metro Female Team and the Combined New Amsterdam/Canje West Berbice Team. The Two teams would play each other in a best of three matches at the Rose Hall Canje Welfare Centre and the Area ‘H’ Ground in Rose Hall Town.
The Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, MS would be providing trophies for the top team and players in tournament. President of the Berbice Cricket Board stated that it was a National disgrace the way female cricket was treated and expressed disappointment that the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, MS is the only cricket Club that has a full time Female Cricket Team. The Rose Hall Town Metro Female Team was founded in 1998 and over the years has produced eight senior National players, twenty national juniors and dozens of players for Berbice at all levels, while Shemaine Campbell and Erva Giddings have gone onto play for the West Indies.
The Berbice Cricket Board President blasted the Guyana Cricket Board for not showing any interest in Female Cricket apart from hosting Inter-county Tournaments at the Under-19 and Senior levels. Most of the players, Foster said, go on to play for Berbice, Demerara and Essequibo without ever representing a local Club or any form of coaching. The Berbice Cricket Board, Foster disclosed would be placing special emphasis on Female Cricket in 2018 with the hosting of at least three tournaments, while a squad of fifteen would be selected to undergo special coaching with coaches assigned to the female team.
Great effort would also be made to have full established teams in the New Amsterdam and West Berbice areas. Foster is also urging the relevant authorities in Essequibo, Demerara and Guyana Cricket to spearhead the formation of female teams in Essequibo and Demerara. This would not only allow the teams to play each other on a regular basis but would lift the standard of the female cricket in Guyana. The Berbice Cricket Board President blasted Cricket Administrators who accept positions at the Inter-county level and then do nothing to justify their elections. The Berbice Cricket Board under his leadership would work every day to make a positive difference and he expressed confidence that with elected executives like Jevaughn Stephen, Albert Smith, Rabindranauth Saywack, Dr. Cecil Beharry, Ameer Rahaman, Winston Roberts and Qualis Winter, he has the team to take Berbice Cricket to a higher level.
Two of the female matches would be played at the Rose Hall Canje Ground, while the other would be played at the Area ‘H’ Ground in Rose Hall Town. The Rose Hall Town Metro Female Team would be led by Shemaine Campbelle, while Tremayne Smartt would lead the New Amsterdam/Canje team. Players like Erva Giddings, Shabeka Gajnabi, Melanie Henry, Shenetta Grimmond, Lafona Gilgeous, Mariam Samaroo, Uma Matadin, Plaffiana Millington, Dian Prahalad and Rushanna Lynch are expected to play in the tournament.
The Berbice Cricket Board is urging West Indies Player Subrina Munroe to contact Hilbert Foster on 337-4562 or email [email protected] for information on the tournament.
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