France Electrical & Construction Company sponsors 40-over tournament for Berbice River sub-association
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“When I became the President of the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) in 2018, I pledged that no sub-association would be left behind, even if they didn’t vote for me. For years, the Berbice River Sub-Association was just looked at as a provider of four votes for some people. That is no longer the case, as they are now been treated equally as the other sub areas in Berbice”.
Those were the words of BCB President Hilbert Foster as he launched another cricket tournament for teams in the Berbice River Sub-Association.
Mr Uborn France, Managing Director of France Electrical and Construction Company, has come on board to sponsor the tournament, which would be played using the forty-over format. The BCB COVID-19 regulations would apply, and at least four teams are expected to participate in this tournament. The top two teams would then travel to a venue on the coast to contest the finals, possibly at the historic Albion Sports Complex Ground.The teams expected to contest this tournament include Ebini, Wiruni and Sandhills.
Foster disclosed that, over the last three years, the BCB had organised several tournaments for this sub-association, and those have all been very successful. Moreover, teams in the areas have benefited from numerous donations of items, including cricket gears, cricket balls, stumps, educational materials, water pitchers, school bags, and trophies and medals.
The BCB has also donated $120,000 worth of coloured uniform to this sub-association under the Clayton Lambert Gears project. Foster also disclosed that, for the first time ever, a Berbice River Cricket Team would be participating in a BCB first division tournament when they play in the historic semi-professional league scheduled for August. Great effort would also be made to send coaches into the area to host a mini cricket academy.
The BCB has expressed confidence that the standard of the game in that riverine community would result in players going on to play for the county, and even higher. He committed the BCB to organising at least two tournaments there in 2021, but cautioned that the teams would have to follow all the COVID-19 guidelines.
He also expressed gratitude to Mr. Navindra Persaud, Regional Executive Officer of Region 6, for his cooperation and support of Berbice Cricket.
France, in brief remarks, said he admired the outstanding work of the Foster-led BCB, and was delighted to join the vast number of persons coming on board to assist.