More Cricket Clubs in Berbice on Saturday last received red balls as President of the Berbice Cricket Board Hilbert Foster and his Predecessor Anil Beharry continued both of their efforts to assist Clubs with $1M worth of cricket balls. The Berbice Cricket Board President on the 28th April, 2018 committed himself and the Board to assisting every Cricket Club in Berbice with a box of cricket balls. The project was launched with total of $300,000 worth of red and white cricket balls being donated to twenty two Clubs including all of the First Division Teams.
On Saturday last at a simple presentation, Beharry handed over cricket balls to four Clubs in the New Amsterdam/Canje area and also presented 20 boxes of balls to Foster. Betsy Ground Cricket Club and the Kendall’s Union All Stars received one box of balls, while the Rose Hall Community Centre and Kendall’s Union Sports Club carried home two boxes. Beharry explained that Clubs who participated in youth cricket would receive additional assistance in the form of more balls. The twenty boxes of balls would be distributed to Clubs in the Upper Corentyne area during the Upper Corentyne Cricket Association first ever Award Ceremony on the 10th June, 2018 at the Taj Mahal Hotel. Beharry stated that he was delighted to be part of such a historic project which he was sure would have a positive impact on Berbice Cricket. The balls were received from contributions of friends and close associates of the former Berbice Cricket Board President, after he made a passionate appeal for assistance via his Facebook Account.
Beharry stated that Berbice Cricket would always have a special place in his heart despite living in Georgetown, due to work committment. The New Building Society Asst Chief Executive Officer said that he was willing to accept the challenge when Foster invited him to join the $1M balls project.
Foster who is working beyond the call of duty to fulfill his promises, disclosed that Beharry’s contribution means that a total of just under $600,000 worth of cricket balls would have been shared out to 46 Clubs. With Berbice having about eighty clubs, another 34 would receive their cricket balls by August, 2018.
The Berbice Cricket Board President was full of praise for Beharry, who he described as a trusted, faithful servant of Berbice Cricket and serving others. Foster, who is also the Secretary/CEO of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club said that 2018 would be remembered as the year that Berbice was returned to its rightful place on the cricketing map and pride was restored. The main objective of the Balls Project is to assist Clubs to play in Berbice Cricket Board Tournaments. The Berbice Board plans to host close to twenty Cricket Tournaments during the year and most clubs would struggle to stand the cost of balls, gears, uniforms and transportation. Foster stated at the completion of the $1M Balls Project, he would seek to assist promising young cricketers with personal gears as part of a comprehensive developmental programme.
The Berbice Cricket Board President also announced the formation of a Special Events Committee. Veteran Cricket Administrator Angela Haniff would head the Committee and would receive support from Gregory Rambarran, Winston Smith, Mark Papannah, Lakeram Latchman, Simon Naidu, Dr. Cecil Beharry, Albert Budhoo and the President himself. The Special Events Committee shall be responsible for organising events that would assist players and clubs.
Beharry acknowledged the contribution of the following persons who made the donations possible:- Rakesh Sooppersaud, Noreen Gaskin, Derick Beharry, Guytri Devi Beharry, Randhall Patterson, Kenrick Beharry, Boss and Pamela Kewlachand, Mukheshwer DyLmtai, Allan Mangru, Owen Humphrey, Surendra Hiralal and R. Mathura.
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