BCB launches New York Business Group U-19 Tourney – Hails co-operation of Albion Cricket Club
Mar 08, 2018 , https://www.kaieteurnewsonline...albion-cricket-club/
Another Day, another launching of a Cricket Tournament for youths in the Ancient County. The Berbice Cricket Board on Monday last with the co-operation of Berbice Cricket power house, the Albion Cricket Club, launched the 2nd Edition of the New York Business Group Under-19 Tournament. The Group consisting of several New York based Businessmen, would be sponsoring the Tournament with the Berbice Cricket Board in charge of the organising, while the Management of the Albion Cricket Club would be responsible for finance.
President of the Albion Cricket Club, Pastor Kandan hands over sponsorship to Berbice Cricket Board Vice President Albert Smith in the presence of cricketers and parents.
President of the Berbice Cricket Board, Hilbert Foster hailed the launching of the Under-19 Tournament as another red letter day in the history of Berbice Cricket. Berbice Cricket, he stated suffered a lot due to the absence of Inter-Club Tournaments over the last two years but the situation would now be a thing of the past. Junior Cricketers can now look forward to playing the game at the Under-15, Under-17, Under-19, Under-21 levels in addition to Intermediate, Second Division, Inter-secondary Schools and First Division levels.
The New York Business Group Under-19 Tournament would be played on a One-Day Two-innings basis at the Group stages, while the Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Finals shall be two days affairs. The Berbice Cricket Board Selection Committee would be looking closely at the first rounds of matches in order to select the best possible Berbice team for the upcoming Guyana Cricket Board Under-19 Tournament.
Foster expressed gratitude to the New York Business Group for their massive investment of close to $700,000 and hailed them as true friends of Berbice Cricket. The Berbice Cricket Board President also made special mention of Orvin Mangru for his hard work and dedication in securing the sponsorship. He committed the Berbice Cricket Board to organising a tournament of the highest standard and one which would be completed as early as possible.
Orvin Mangru of the Albion Cricket Club stated that the New York Business Group was delighted to be once again involved in Berbice Cricket. The Group, he stated first sponsored the tournament two years ago but due to the problems affecting Berbice Cricket, the tournament was delayed. He pledged on behalf of the sponsors that the tournament would be an annual event and disclosed that the entire investment would be far more than the announced $700,000 as outstanding performers would most likely receive cricket gears like bats, pads and gloves as incentives.
Mangru expressed confidence in the current Berbice Cricket Board’s ability to organise the tournament properly. The current defending Champions of the New York Business Group Under-19 Tournament is the Rose Hall Town Pepsi Under-19 Team which defeated Albion in the 2016 Finals.
The Winning Team would receive $100,000 and a $30,000 trophy, the Runner-up team $50,000 and a $15,000 trophy, while the Man of the Finals would carry home $15,000 and a $10,000 trophy. A $10,000 trophy would also be given to the Best Bowler in the Finals, Best Batsman in the Finals, Best Overall Bowler, Best Overall Batsman and Best Overall Wicketkeeper. T/Shirts would also be provided to the two finalists, while the sponsors would also stand the cost of Umpires from the Quarter-Finals stage.
Among the teams expected to play are Upper Corentyne, Port Mourant, Rose Hall Town Pepsi ‘A’, Albion A, Albion B, Rose Hall Town Pepsi ‘B’, Young Warriors, Rose Hall Canje, Tucber Park, Police, Blairmont, West Berbice, Bush Lot United, Tamarind Root and Big Star.
The New York Business Group consists of Seepersaud Charran of Ryan Trucking Service, Richard Mahase of Little Guyana Bake Shop, Jamel Mohammed of City Buyers Garment Factory, Sheik Hassan of West Chester Shairlift, Permaul Trading and Distribution and Ajit Mootoo-an ardent cricket fan. Other names would be included as the tournament starts.