The Albion Community Centre was a hive of activity last weekend as the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) hosted the second leg of the historic Dr. Tulsi Dyal Singh Coaching Programme. A total of 62 youths between the ages of 12 to 19 years attended the clinic which was conducted by Level III Coach Winston Smith and Coaches Andre Percival and Balram Samaroo. The players were drawn mainly from the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, MS, Albion Cricket Club, Port Mourant Cricket Club, Big Star Cricket Club, Chesney Cricket Club and the Tamarind Root Cricket Club.
Berbice Cricket Board President Hilbert Foster expressed happiness at the large turnout of youths and stated that it showed that players and parents had confidence in the work of the Berbice Board. He urged the players to take full advantage of the investment being made into their career by the Berbice Cricket Board.
Berbice Youth Players, the President stated, should feel very privileged as the Berbice Cricket Board us the only County Board that has such a comprehensive Coaching Programme for its young players. The Programme includes the Dr. Tulsi Dyal Singh Coaching Programme in all four Sub-Zones, Coaching Clinics for Wicketkeepers, batters and bowlers, Educational Posters, Cricket Academy and Training of Coaches among others.
Foster, also disclosed to loud applause that the Berbice Cricket Board would start preparation for the Guyana Cricket Board 2019 Junior Cricket Season from the 1st July, 2018. The Coaches would identify Under-15, Under-17, Under-19 and Female Players to be part of an Elite Training Programme. The main objective for 2019 is to win every Inter-county Tournament, while gaining the majority of places on the National Teams. The BCB President also supervised a Question and Answer Segment with the winners receiving financial prizes.
Head Coach Winston Smith, came in for high praise from the Berbice Cricket Board boss who hailed him as a tireless worker for the development of Berbice Cricket. Smith and his panel of coaches spent the two days working with the players on batting stance, movements while batting, fielding techniques, bowler’s run up, running between the wicket, wicketkeeping, importance of concentration and the three different types of catches.
Special emphasis was also placed on physical fitness with the coaches working with the players on an individual basis. The three coaches advised the players to continue practicing what they have learnt and disclosed that at the end of the four clinics, they would be selecting a squad of 70 players to participate in the Dr. Tulsi Dyal Singh Cricket Academy. The Academy would be held at the Albion Cricket Ground from the 23rd to 27th July, 2018.
Among the players present were Kevin Sinclair, Kevlon Anderson, Junior Sinclair, Keith Simpson, Mohabir Sewraj, Jonathan Rampersaud, Davendra Ganesh, Rampertab Rampattan, Jeremy Sandia, Mariam Samaroo, Oma Mathadin and Kimona Thomas. The Panel of Judges after the players participated in a written exams, named Under-15 Player Christopher DeRoop as the Best Participant. Deroop, the son of Regional Vice Chairman Dennis DeRoop received a trophy and financial award. Five other players including Kevin Sinclair, Chanderpaul Govindan and Kassie Munroe received medals for outstanding performances during the two day Camp. All prizes were donated by the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, MS.
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