Between late 2016 to February 2018, the Berbice Cricket Board was unable to successfully complete one cricket tournament, while no proper tournament was being organised at any level. On Tuesday last, the Hilbert Foster led Berbice Cricket Board launched its 15th tournament for 2019 and 41st since February last year. Beverage giants Ansa Mcal (Guy) Ltd joined hands with the Cricket Board to launch the first cricket tournament of the year at the First Division level.
The two organisations launched the Ansa Mcal/BCB Stag Beer 50-Overs First Division Tournament. Berbice Cricket Board President Hilbert Foster stated that the tournament would be contested by eleven teams, divided into two Zones with the Teams in each Zone played on a Round Robin basis. The two top teams from each Zone would go on to the Semifinals.
The two zones would be Zone A: West Berbice, Blairmont Community Centre, Tucber Park, Young Warriors, Rose Hall Canje and Police Sports Club, while Zone B would consist of Albion Community Centre, Port Mourant, Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets, Upper Corentyne and Skeldon.
Foster disclosed that at least five more First Division Tournaments would be organised in 2019 including another 50-Overs and 40-Overs Tournaments. The Berbice Cricket Board is also in talks with several sponsors to host a Two-Day First Division Tournament as well. Foster, who also spearheads the Berbice Cricket Board Marketing drive, stated that the Tournament would be of the highest standard with players like Romario Shepherd, Devendra Bishoo, Veerasammy Permaul, Gudakesh Motie, Clinton Pestano, Keon Joseph, Kevin Sinclair, Anthony Bramble, Raun Johnson, Kevlon Anderson, Seon Glasgow, Javed Karim, Demitri Cameron and Eon Hooper all playing for their different teams.
Clubs would only be permitted one non-Berbician for the entire tournament, while teams would be expected to be properly uniformed. Clubs who might be struggling to uniform their teams at the start of the 2019 season are asked to inform the Berbice Cricket Board for a temporary exemption. Walkovers shall be granted half hour after the scheduled start of play, while Clubs shall lose their rights to the toss if they are not present by 09.15 hours to spin it.
Foster recalled that when his administration took over last year, Clubs were complaining of no cricket but now they are saying that it is too much. The Berbice Cricket Board, in 2019 would be organising cricket at the Under-13, Under-15, Under-17, Under-19, Under-21, Under-23, Primary School, Secondary School, Intermediate, Internal Zone, Female, Secondary Division and First Division levels. He expressed gratitude to Ansa Mcal, Stag Beer and Troy Cadogan for their support of Berbice Cricket.
Cadogan in brief remarks stated that he was very impressed by the activities of the Berbice Cricket Board and its committment to the development of the game. He expressed confidence that that tournament would be well organised and that his Company would receive wide spread media coverage.
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