Jan 26, 2022 Sports
– UCCA benefits from donation of $340,000 worth of pitch covers, Chesney also benefits
Kaieteur News – Presidents of the Berbice Cricket Board can now serve for five consecutive two years terms after member clubs of the board passed a motion 32-0 during a special meeting on Sunday last at the Port Mourant Cricket Ground. The BCB had passed a motion under the presidency of Keith Foster to limit the President to three, two years terms, but the change was approved by representatives of ten member clubs and three sub associations.
Five clubs had submitted a motion to BCB Secretary Angela Haniff seeking a special meeting to amend the constitution as they felt that the county cricket needs continuity of strong and productive leadership. Representatives of the clubs noted that when the current leadership took over, Berbice Cricket was on the verge of collapse and they were very satisfied with the unmatched development and progress over the last four years.
Current President Hilbert Foster who enjoys widespread support among clubs in the county is one month into his third term of two years which ends in December 2023 and could seek an additional two more terms if he so desires. Foster, stepped down from chairing the meeting when the motion was been considered, allowing Vice President of Administration Albert Smith to guide the motion and conducting the vote.
The clubs which submitted the motions were Mt Sinai CC, Guymine CC, Rose Hall CCCC, Chesney CC and Kildonan CC. The five clubs received the support of West Berbice Cricket Association, Upper Corentyne Cricket Association, Berbice River Cricket Association, Whim CC, Port Mourant CC, Police SC, Mental Hospital and RHTYSC, MS. Two clubs were absent, while illness forced representatives of another to leave the meeting before the vote. With the motion needing a minimum of twenty six votes to pass the two thirds majority, it was successful with all thirty two votes present.
Members also approved the audited financial report from the BCB. The report covered the period November 2019 to the 31st of October 2020. The statement was adapted 32-0 with members hailing the board for its track record of providing audited report with a clean bill of health since it took office in 2018. The financial report for the period up to October 2021 would be submitted for approval shortly by members.
The BCB also took the opportunity to hand over a three hundred and forty thousand dollars pitch covers to the Upper Corentyne Cricket Association for the clubs in the area. Foster in handing over the covers to representatives of the UCCA made it quite clear that the covers was to be used for BCB and UCCA tournaments, especially semifinals and finals. He urged the association to take proper care of the covers. He noted that the covers were the third of its kind to be obtained by the pro active board with the other two been kept at the Albion Ground and the Cotton Tree Ground in West Berbice.
The board has also paid for another two covers which would be collected shortly, bringing the total to five covers across the county- an investment of close to $1.7 M. Foster expressed thanks to Minister Susan Rodrigues and the management of Vitality Inc for their investment into Berbice cricket.
Meanwhile, the BCB also handed over funds to the Chesney CC after the club had sought sponsorship to purchase two 30 feet by 40 feet tarpaulins that would be used to cover their pitch in the event of rain. Funds were also approved to assist the Whim, Kildonan and Port Mourant Cricket Clubs along with the Berbice Cricket Association with tarpaulins as great effort is made to stop matches been affected by the weather.
Delegates also authorised the executives of the BCB to consider an application from the Tucber Park Cricket Club for full membership of the BCB. The executives would set up a five man committee to look into the request before taking it back to the full membership for final approval. The BCB also updated its membership on a wide range of developments including the upcoming visit of Sir Curtly Ambrose, the Dr Tulsi Dyal Singh Countywide coaching programme, gears for youths, 2022 Award Ceremony and preparation of inter county teams.
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