The Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) has obtained sponsorship for what is anticipated to be the biggest 20/20 cricket tournament that will be held in the Ancient County for clubs.
The tournament will carry a winner’s cheque of $200,000, while $100,000 will go to the runner-up and $50,000 and $25,000 to the third and fourth place teams respectively.
The participating teams are West Berbice, Bath, D’Edward, Blairmont, Edinburgh, Police, Bermine, Young Warriors, Albion, Rose Hall Town Gizmos and Gadgets, Skeldon, Port Mourant and Upper Corentyne.
Chairman of the BCB Competitions Committee, Carl Moore, explained that the tournament will be played on a knockout basis with two matches being played at one venue each day, starting at 09:30 hours and 13:30 hours respectively. The tournament will bowl off on October 27 at three venues in Bderbice.
The venues are the Bush Lot ground in West Berbice, Cumberland in Canje and Number 69 ground in Upper Corentyne.
Secretary of the BCB, Angela Haniff, expressed the board’s gratitude to the two sponsors of the tournament, Namilco and Bakewell, for their confidence in the BCB and for investing in the development of cricket in Berbice.
The tournament will be used by the BCB to promote the “Say No to Drugs” and “Yes to Education” message to all youths in Berbice as part of the board’s social programme. Managing Director of Namilco, Bert Sukhai, expressed confidence that the tournament would be a huge success as the BCB has an excellent track record of organising successful tournaments. Namilco, he stated, is pleased to invest in Berbice cricket as it fully understands its corporate responsibilities to make positive differences.
Ansa McAl Trading has also come on board as a sponsor and has bar rights at all the venues where matches would be played.
Meanwhile, Moore disclosed that the tournament is expected to be of the highest standard with players like Assad Fudadin, Sewnarine Chattergoon, Devendra Bishoo, Jonathan Foo, Keon Joseph, Brandon Bess, Eugene LaFleur, Gudakesh Motie, Devon Clement, Shemroy Barrington, Arthley Bailey and Delbert Hicks among others playing for their different clubs.
In the opening round of matches on October 27, West Berbice and D’Edward will face off at 09:30 hours at the Bush Lot ground, while at 13:30 hours, Police and Bush Lot will swing into action.
At the Number 69 ground, Upper Corentyne will trade skills with Edinburg, with Rose Hall Town Gizmos and Gadgets squaring off with Skeldon at 13:30 hours.
Over on the Cumberland ground in Canje, Bermine and Port Mourant Karibee Rice will face each other at 09:30 hours, while Young Warriors Universal DVD and Blairmont will collide at 13:30 hours. Albion has drawn the bye for this round.