The Berbice Cricket Board (BCB), for the first time in its seventy nine year history, will be hosting an Under-21 cricket tournament for teams in the Ancient County.
According to a press release from the BCB, the launching of the tournament, which will be sponsored by the American cosmetic firm, Elizabeth Styles, took place on Tuesday at Bissan’s Trading located on King Street, Georgetown. The tournament is expected to draw participation from over twenty teams.
BCB President Hilbert Foster was elated at the prospect of another cricket tournament for Berbice and stated that the Ancient County is on its way to hosting more tournaments than the rest of the country combined, the media release said. Foster added that the Board has received commitments for tournaments at the Under-15, Under-17, Under-19, Under-21, Female, Second Division, Secondary School and First Division levels, while it is still seeking sponsorship for the Intermediate level.
According to the BCB statement, the Under-21 tournament is expected to serve as a bridge between the Under-19 and the First Division levels, while providing a lifeline to prolong the careers of players who might want to leave the game after the Under-19 level. Outstanding performers will be rewarded with a place on a Berbice Under-21 team which will be selected to play a series of matches across Guyana.
Foster expressed his gratitude to the sponsor Elizabeth Styles for their support of Berbice cricket and for joining the growing list of sponsors. Mr. Bissoondyal Singh, CEO of Bissan’s Trading stated that Elizabeth Styles was committed to Berbice Cricket, and reminded that they had sponsored an Under-10 tournament years ago.
The competition will be scheduled for Saturdays and will bowl off on the 24th March.
Teams expected to participate include Albion, Blairmont, Young Warriors, Rose Hall Canje, Kendall’s Union, Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets, Port Mourant, Whim and Upper Corentyne.
Interested teams are urged to contact Rabindranauth Saywack at 660 0049 or Hilbert Foster at 337 4562 for more information, and to register. The competition is open to players born on or after the 1st September, 1997.