Berbice cricket: Former players Chattergoon and Gordon come on board
…UCCA to launch 40-over tournament
…Government MP to sponsor 20/20 cup in West Berbice
Over the years, one of the main problems affecting the development of Berbice cricket was the lack of support the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) received from former cricketers, who after finishing their careers in the game that made them famous simply turned their backs on it.
Those days seem to be in the past now as the Hilbert Foster-led Administration is convincing them to come on board and be part of the rapid development taking place in the game in the Ancient County. Former cricketers like Clayton Lambert, Leslaine Lambert, Ray Joseph, Jerry Angus, Kevin Darlington, Troy Halley, Narsingh Deonarine, Vishal Nagamootoo, and Mahendra Nagamootoo have recently contributed to the development of the game while present players like Shimron Hetmyer, Kevin Sinclair, and Romario Shepherd have become sponsors of cricket tournaments.
Two more former players Hemnarine Chattergoon and Jeremy Gordon have joined the growing list as Foster spearheads a massive marketing drive to attract sponsorship for cricket tournaments and developmental programmes.
Chattergoon, a former Guyana and West Indies Under-19 batting star, who also represented Canada at the First-Class level, would be sponsoring a one-day three-team 20/20 tournament in his home village of Fyrish. The home team, Courtland, and Kilcoy will face off to win the Chattergoon Brothers Challenge Cup and a winners-take-all prize. Gordon, who still plays the game in Canada, for which he played at the international level, will be sponsoring another one-day, three-team tournament at the Edinburgh Ground. The teams will be Edinburgh, Tucber Park, and Guymine. The winner will take home the Gordon Cup.
Foster stated that the main objectives of the one-day tournaments are to take cricket to areas where the passion for the game has declined, to attract youths to the game and to inspire clubs to be more organised. The BCB is hoping to run off at least eight of these one-day tournaments in late February under very strict COVID-19 rules, including no spectators.
Meanwhile, the Upper Corentyne Cricket Association (UCCA) has been able to attract sponsorship for the hosting of a round-robin 40-over tournament. A total of 28 teams within the sub-association will be playing in the tournament. The BCB has also confirmed a sponsorship deal with Government Member of Parliament, Faizal Jafferally to host a knockout 20/20 cup for 11 teams in the West Berbice Sub-Association. Both of these tournaments will be launched shortly.