Guyana most vibrant and progressive Cricket Board, the Berbice Cricket Board last week launched its second Annual Cricket Balls Project. Last year, the Berbice Cricket Board with the support of some former Executives raised over $800,000, which was used to purchase cricket balls for Clubs across Berbice and cricket gears for some of the county’s most promising youth players.
BCB President Hilbert Foster stated that unlike most Cricket Boards in the West Indies, the Berbice Cricket Board is fully committed to assisting all Clubs that fall under their management to fulfill their mandates to develop cricketing talents. Last year, the Balls Project and the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, MS together assisted over eighty clubs with over $1.1M worth of cricket balls. This year, the objective is to assist close to ninety clubs with over 1.3M worth of cricket balls. The Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, MS has started the process by donating over $600,000 worth of balls to forty six clubs across Berbice, with some clubs benefitting more than once if they have a youth development programme.
Foster stated that the raised funds would ensure that the remaining Clubs receive balls, while some more promising cricketers at the Under-15 level will receive cricket gears. Additionally, the Berbice Cricket Board would also be seeking to purchase its own pitch covers which would be stored at the historic Albion Community Centre Cricket Ground. The covers would be used at all Berbice Cricket Board major matches in an effort to cut the loss of time from rain.
The Management of the Berbice Cricket Board in 2019 would be assisting clubs with close to $5M worth of balls, raincoats, scorebooks, bicycles, water pitchers, school bags, Youth Information Booklets, educational materials, stumps, trophies, medals and special prizes for events. The present BCB Executives inherited $42,935 in February, 2018 and has since raised close to $18M in Cash and kind for Berbice Cricket.
The Berbice Cricket Board is urging all Berbicians and even non Berbicians to contribute to the Fund. A special appeal is also being made to ex Berbice and Guyana players currently residing overseas along with former Executives of the Berbice Cricket Board. Persons interested in assisting the Board can contact the BCB Office on 333-2375 or email [email protected] A former President and long time Treasurer of the Berbice Cricket Board has also been authorised to raise funds for the project via his vast array of friends and contacts. The Management of the Berbice Cricket Board wishes to reassure all potential donors that all funds would be used for the intended purpose and would be accounted for.
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