Oct 30, 2020 Sports
Since taking over the reins of the Berbice Cricket Board in February 2018, over 200 youth players have benefitted from the hard work of the Hilbert Foster led executive. Additionally, cricket clubs in the Ancient County have also received over $10M worth of assistance in the form of gears, stumps, balls, water pitchers, rain coats, educational materials, food hampers, school bags and bicycles.
Foster, when elected had pledged to assist young players to fulfill their potential on and off the cricket field. Despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic the BCB has been busy working behind the scene to develop Berbice cricket further.
Those efforts have been bearing fruits with the latest being a special project with former Guyana and West Indies opening batsman Clayton Lambert. Foster had approached the burly former opener to obtain gears for promising youth players especially those on the East Bank of Berbice. Lambert readily agreed to Foster’s request and on Tuesday last, informed the BCB President that he had secured a large quantity of gears which would be distributed free of cost and includes bats, pads, gloves and thigh pads.
Lambert informed the BCB President that many persons were delighted with the current development of Berbice cricket and as such were eager to assist. A shipment of gear has already left India for the United States of America and then would be shipped to the BCB compliments of Caribbean International Shipping.
The company has agreed to assist Lambert in this project while Former West Indies Captain Alvin Kallicharran has also agreed to work along with Lambert to solicit gears. The shipment also includes a large quantity of white uniforms which would be distributed to less fortunate players.
Lambert also informed the BCB President that a special supply of Gortonshire Lambada brand coloured clothing would also be ordered. Foster disclosed that the coloured uniforms would be donated to two struggling first division teams. The Gortonshire Lambada brand is a new one and is dedicated to Lambert, who currently coaches in the USA.
Lambert, stated that he was delighted to give back to Berbice and to play a part in the development of new talent in the county. The 58 year-old Lambert made his debut for Guyana at the Regional Under-19 level in 1979. He first represented Berbice in the Jones Cup Inter County Tournament in 1983 and captained Berbice in 1986, 1990, 1991 and 1998.
Lambert made his debut for the senior Guyana team in 1984 and in August, 1991 made his test debut at the Oval against England. He later migrated to the USA, where he represented that country at the international level as a player and coach.
Foster expressed gratitude to Lambert for his cooperation and for remembering his home county. He also urged former Berbice players to join Lambert in his efforts.
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