Dec 02, 2020 Sports
– BCB assists clubs with face masks as part of Covid 19 response
Kaieteur News – Dozens of the youth cricketers in the Ancient County would shortly be benefitting from over $1.5 M worth of cricket gears as the Hilbert Foster led Berbice Cricket Board continue its aggressive campaign to develop the game at the junior level. The donation is to be done under the joint BCB /Clayton Lambert Gears project and over sixty youths are expected to benefit in the largest ever distribution of gears to be done by a county board in Guyana to youth cricketers.
BCB President Hilbert Foster, who since his election in 2018 has spearheaded an effort to assist less fortunate and promising cricketers to fulfill their potential on and off the cricket field, stated that the gears are expected in the country by the 10th of December and the distribution would start soon after.
The gears to be shared out includes junior bats, senior bats, batting pads, wicketkeeping gloves, wicketkeeping pads, helmets, thigh pads, forehand guard, bat rubber among others. A special set of gears would be made available to the Berbice River Cricket Association as the BCB strives to develop the game in the remote area.
The President stated that in 2021 at least two cricket tournaments at the 20/20 and 40 overs formats would be held for the four teams in the area, while a combined riverain team would also participate in the BCB historic semi professional league fixed for the middle next year.
In an effort to distribute the gears in a transparent way, the board would be very grateful if the following clubs who have junior teams can submit names of players that should benefit: Edinburgh, East Bank Blazers and Guymine have to submit four names, while two names are expected from Paradise, Bush Lot United, Bush Lot Rising Star, Bath, Achievers, Blairmont, Tucber Park, Mt Sinai, Rose Hall Canje, Young Warriors, Kendall Union, Albion, RHTYSC, Port Mourant, No 73, Rama Krishna and Scottsburg.
The BCB would also select some youths based on the recommendation of senior coach Winston Smith who has been conducting coaching sessions across the county. The board has set down guidelines for the submission of the players to benefit. Players have to be between the under 13 and under 17 levels, must be discipline, must have a good attendance rate in school, be from a less fortunate background and must not have received assistance during the year. Deadline for the submissions of names is the 7th of December.
At the end of the project, the BCB would have assisted close to three hundred youths with cricket gears or bicycles over the last thirty months. Lambert, who played five test matches for the West Indies, stated that he was delighted to work along with his county board as he was very impressed with the progress been made under Foster’s leadership and stated that this was just the first of several shipment of gears that would be sent to Berbice. He recalled that he did not have his own bat until he scored his first regional century vs the Leewards Island at Albion in 1984. His first century was scored using a bat lent to him by teammate Clyde Butts and Lambert stated that he wanted to assist others to fulfill their dream to play at the highest level.
Meanwhile, the BCB recently handed over close to one thousand face mask to several clubs during a special meeting at the Albion Ground as part of its Covid 19 response programme. Among the clubs receiving the face masks were Albion, Port Mourant, Chesney, Police, Edinburgh, Rose Hall Canje, Ramnarine Memorial, Kendall Union, Tucber Park, Achievers, No 73, No 69 Vikings and the University of Guyana Tain Campus.
The masks were donated by cricketer Ishwar Singh of Ishwar Guybiz Est. The BCB over the last nine months has shared out thousands of food hampers and distributed hundreds of educational posters as part of its covid 19 response.
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