The rainy season has gone on longer than expected and has affecting the plans of the Berbice Cricket Board to host several tournaments in 2019. The pro-active and extremely hard working Board is however forging ahead with its plans with the expectation that there would be an improvement in the weather condition. On Thursday last, the Hilbert Foster led Berbice Cricket Board joined hands with the popular Trophy Stall to launch an Under-13 Tournament for the Ancient County.
BCB President, Hilbert Foster, at the launching stated that, the Under-13 Tournament is a very important one for Berbice Cricket as it serves as a nursery to the county’s Under-15 level and would encourage players to start playing at a young age. Last year, the Berbice Cricket Board hosted the Da Silva Motor Spares Under-13 Tournament, which was won by the Rampersaud Ramnauth led Port Mourant Cricket Club.
The Berbice Cricket Board is expecting at least sixteen Clubs to register to play in the Tournament and they would be divided into four Zones. The Date of Birth cut off point would be on or after the 1st September, 20016.
A proud Foster stated the BCB/Trophy Stall Under-13 would be the 44th Tournament to be hosted by the Board since his new administration took over in February, 2018. The Berbice Cricket Board has over the last eighteen months organised tournaments at the Under-13, Under-15, Under-17, Under-19, Under-21, Female, Internal Zone, Intermediate, Double Wickets, Primary School, Secondary School, Second and First Division levels. The Berbice Cricket Board in 2019 would also be hosting an Under-23 Tournament as it strives to uphold the high standard it has set itself.
Foster has spearheaded a massive marketing drive for the Berbice Cricket Board which has netted over $18M in finance and kind. He expressed gratitude to the Managing Director of the Trophy Stall, Ramesh Sunich for his continued confidence in Berbice Cricket. The store is already a sponsor of an Under-19 Tournament in the Upper Corentyne area and recently donated trophies for the top two awards at the 3nd Annual Brian Ramphal Awards Ceremony. Foster assured Sunich that the Tournament would be properly organised and the Berbice Cricket Board would make sure that his business, especially its Port Mourant branch, is properly promoted. Sunich, in remarks stated that he was delighted to be associated with Berbice Cricket, which he described as the best organised in Guyana. The popular businessman stated that he readily agreed to sponsor the Tournament via the Port Mourant branch as he was pleased with the development taking place in Berbice Cricket.
Meanwhile, as part of its ongoing campaign to develop new talent in Berbice, the Berbice Cricket Board would be hosting its second annual Dr. Tulsi Dyal Singh Cricket Academy in early August, while the countywide coaching programme is ongoing.
The Berbice Cricket Board is also on the verge of completing its first ever Young Cricketer Information Booklet in conjunction with the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, MS. The booklet would be distributed free of cost to clubs across Berbice with each Berbice cricketer in the county getting a copy as the Berbice Cricket Board strives to make sure that every young cricketer fully understand their roles as Sports Ambassadors of the county.
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