Upper Corentyne to have 1st 100 balls tournament through GNNL/RHTY&SC sponsorship
The development of Berbice cricket continues at a rapid rate, as the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) strives to continuously host numerous cricket tournaments at the junior and senior levels.
The most recent of which is a Second Division tournament that will cater to teams in the Upper Corentyne area. The 100 balls tournament, which was launched by the BCB on Thursday last, will see sponsorship from the Guyana National Newspapers Limited (GNNL) with support from the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club (RHTY&SC).
During the simple ceremony at the GNNL head office, BCB President Hilbert Foster revealed that a total of 24 teams would be participating in the historic tournament. This is the first time that the popular ‘100 Balls’ version will be played in the Upper Corentyne area. Foster stated that the BCB, since 2018, has been hosting cricket in the sub-areas as part of its effort to promote the game at the grassroots level.
Apart from the Upper Corentyne area, similar tournaments are being played in West Berbice, New Amsterdam/Canje and Lower Corentyne. BCB President Hilbert Foster hailed the outstanding work of the Upper Corentyne Cricket Association (UCCA) and noted that cricket in the sub-association was on the move. The BCB, he said, was delighted with the work of the Dennis De Andrade-led Upper Corentyne Cricket Association, which is organising cricket at the schools, junior and senior levels.
The teams that will be competing in the tournament are: Radha Krishna Academy, Crabwood Creek Sports Club, All Family CWC, Skeldon Titans Cricket Club, Bomb Squad, CWC, Dukestown Warriors Cricket Club, Scottsburg United Cricket Club, No 73 Warriors Cricket Club, No 72 All Stars Cricket Club, No 70 MYO Cricket Club, No 72 Cut and Load Cricket Club, No 69 Vikings Cricket Club, No 71 Sports Club Cricket Club, No 70 Spartans Cricket Club, No 70 Young Blood Cricket Club, No 69 Red Rose Cricket Club, No 68 Turn Team Cricket Club, No 66 Giants, No 48 Challengers Cricket Club, Yakusari Carib Cricket Club, No 43 Scorpios Cricket Club, Yakusari Horizon Cricket Club, No 68 Darkenders Cricket Club and No 64 Fighting Marines.
Furthermore, Foster noted that when his administration took over the BCB, cricket was on the decline but over the past 12 months, the Board has raised over $13 million, in cash and kind. The end result, Foster proudly stated, is that over 40 tournaments have been launched since March 2018. Foster, who is a Director at the GNNL and Secretary/CEO of the RHTY&SC, expressed gratitude to both organisations for sponsoring the Tournament.
Additionally, gratitude was extended to GNNL Chairperson Geeta Chandan-Edmond and acting General Manager Donna Todd. The GNNL/RHTY&SC 100 Balls Tournament is one of many competitions that the BCB and the UCCA will be hosting in 2019 for teams in the Sub-Association as they strive to fulfil their mandates.
Acting GNNL General Manager Todd noted that her company was pleased to be associated with Berbice cricket and expressed confidence that the tournament would be a successful one.