The President, Executive, Members and Clubs of the Berbice Cricket Board would like to express gratitude to Legendary Guyanese Singing Icon Dave Martins for his contribution to the historic fund raising concert that the Berbice Cricket Board hosted on the 3rd November, 2018. The Concert was held in the compound of the New Amsterdam Technical Institute as part of the Berbice Cricket Board effort to raise funds for its Cricket Developmental Programme.
Martins, in a sterling performance rolled backed the years and had his passionate fans singing along to his famous songs including Cricket in the Jungle, Honeymooning Couple, Not a Blade of Grass and Boyhood Days. Berbice Cricket Board President Hilbert Foster expressed gratitude to Martins and his Band for performing at the Concert with minimum cost to the Board. The vibrant Cricket Board presented Martins with its highest Award “Tribute to Heroes”. The Legendary Singer was the 17th Awardee of the Award joining others like Mortimer George, Carl Moore, Malcolm Peters, Ancel Hazel, Lennox Phillips and the late Leslie Amsterdam. Foster hailed Dave Martins as a strong supporter of cricket in the Caribbean and recalled the happy memories West Indian can associate with his tune “We are the Champions”. The song served for over a decade as the unofficial Anthem of West Indies Cricket.
The Berbice Cricket Board would also like to express gratitude to Joseph ‘Reds’ Perreira for his role in organising Martins participation in the Concert. The Legendary Guyanese Cricket Commentator had visited the Ancient County during July, 2018, and as part of his committment to Berbice Cricket, organised the concert. The Berbice Cricket Board would also like to acknowledge the support of Barron Foods of St. Lucia and its CEO Mr. Ramjattan and Troy Cadogan of Ansa Mcal. Special thanks also the Management of N.A.T.I, National Communication Network, Claudette Watts of Watsan’s Catering and the Guyana Beverage Company.
Funds raised would be used for the preparation of the Berbice Under-15, Under-17 and Under-19 Teams for the 2019 Inter-county season. Foster noted that the Berbice Cricket Board in 2018 had already successfully completed 16 cricket tournaments, while the Mogu Mogu Inter-Secondary School Tournament, NBS Second Division, Pepsi 50-Overs, Brian Ramphal Double Wicket, Da Silva Under-13 and Mike’s Pharmacy Under-15 for 2019 have already started. The Upper Corentyne Cricket Association Double Wicket, 2019 Under-17 and Under-19 Tournaments, Nand Persaud Female and another First Division Tournament would also bowl off soon. Additionally, over the last nine months the Berbice Cricket Board has successfully organised dozens of programmes including Cricket Academy, Dr. Tulsi Dyal Singh Coaching Clinics, Award Ceremony, Educational Posters as part of its intense effort to lift Berbice Cricket higher.
The Berbice Cricket Board under the leadership of Foster has also raised over $8M in cash and kind to assist the promotion of the game. The Berbice Cricket Board in 2018 has organised cricket at the Under-13, Under-15, Under-17, Under-19, Under-21, Primary School (Upper Corentyne), Secondary School, Internal Zone, Second Division and First Division levels.
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