The Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club, M.S and the Edward B. Beharry Co. Ltd on Friday last launched their Say No and yes 5/5 Cricket Tournament for second division cricket teams in the ancient county. The tournament would be hosted as part of the two organisation’s massive 2016 Say No to Suicide, Drugs, Crime and Say Yes to Life, Sports and Education Programme.
Secretary/CEO of the Club, Hilbert Foster hailed the tournament as another red-letter day in life of the RHTYSC, M.S and would be one of the 300 project/activities the RHTYSC, M.S would be undertaking in 2016.
The tournament would involve 40 teams with the teams divided equally into four sub-zones – West Berbice, New Amsterdam/Canje, Lower/Central Corentyne and Upper Corentyne. The ten teams in each Sub-Zones would clash against each other to decide the top three to advance to the Grand Finals. The winner of each Sub-Zone would receive $15,000.00 while the overall winner would take home $150,000.00 and a trophy, the 1st runner up $75,000.00 and trophy and 3rd place – $25,000.00 and trophy.
The tournament would bowl off on Saturday 13th of August with Sub-Zone matches in West Berbice and New Amsterdam while Lower Corentyne and Upper Corentyne would host their matches on Sunday 20th of August. The West Berbice Zone matches would be played at the Blairmont Community Centre, the New Amsterdam/Canje Zone at the Cumberland Ground, and the Lower Corentyne Zone at the Area ‘H’ Ground while the Skeldon Community Centre would host the Upper Corentyne Matches.
The final is scheduled for Sunday 27th of August. Foster is encouraging interested teams to call the Club Office on 337-4562 to register by the end of July. The experienced sports administrator stated that the organisers would be using the tournament to promote the Say No and Yes Message to villages across Berbice.
Teams would be required to submit a list with fifteen players and would submit a list with fifteen players and would only be allowed two first division players who have played four matches in 2015 and 2016. Players who are debarred from Berbice Cricket Board Second Division matches would not be allowed to play.
Foster disclosed that for the rest of 2016, the RHTYSC would be hosting at least twelve other cricket tournaments including the Busta Champion of Champions, the Nasir Memorial Cup and the Ministry of Health Under 17 20/20 tournament Marketing Manager of Beharry Satesh Singh and Brands Manager Kamini Naresh both expressed confidence in the RHTYSC ability to organise a successful tournament and to fulfil every objective.
The company, Singh stated would play its part in promoting the tournament and also making sure that the finals is organised to the highest standards. Naresh disclosed that she was satisfied with the success of the RHTYSC / Edward B. Beharry Co. Ltd Say No and Yes Campaign and the effect it was having on youths across Berbice. She urged cricket Clubs at the second division level to register to be part of the tournament, which features attractive incentives.