LAST SUNDAY, the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) hosted a successful Annual General Meeting (AGM) at its Cheddi Jagan Street, New Amsterdam-based office despite the rainy weather, with representatives from Young Warriors, Bermine, Whim, Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club, Berbice River Cricket Association, Mt Sinai, Chesney, Upper Corentyne, Bush Lot and Police in attendance.Members present received a comprehensive financial report for 2013 and Annual Reports from BCB president Keith Foster, Secretary Angela Haniff, Junior Selection Chairman Leslie Solomon, Senior Selection Chairman D. Somwaru and Competitions Committee Chairman Carl Moore.
Recently reappointed Chairman of the Special Events Committee and the BCB’s 75th Anniversary Committee Hilbert Foster sought and received the blessings of the Board members for the committee’s proposals for 2014.
The work of the Special Events Committee for this year would be centred on countywide coaching, education, charity, personal development of cricketers and donation of cricket equipment to clubs in Berbice.
Among the programmes approved for the BCB’s Diamond Jubilee celebration in September of this year are the publication of a special full-colour magazine, Inter-faith Religious Service, Cocktail Reception and Panel Discussion on Berbice Cricket, Hall of Fame for Administrator, and Essay and Quiz Competitions.
A Television Programme, Music Festival with the Guyana Police Force Band, donation of TV set to a children’s home, printing of souvenirs, Primary School Coaching Programme and the unveiling of a billboard featuring the photograph of Berbice greatest cricketer are also on the list of things to do.
Members of the BCB expressed great disappointment at the non-selection of Shemaine Campbelle and Tremayne Smartt for the Guyana Cricket Board Female Cricketer-of-the-Year despite superior overall performances at all levels played during the year and the non-recognition of Campbell’s achievement of becoming the first Guyanese female cricketer to score an International century.
The Executive Committee was also mandated to review the performances of the Selection Committee and also to take corrective steps aimed at improving discipline among the Ancient County’s senior players.
Special emphasis would be placed on school cricket in 2014 at the Under-15 and female levels while all junior cricket tournaments at the Inter-zone levels will now be played over two days, while a decision was taken to have the fast bowlers bowling at least one third of the overs at the junior Inter-zone levels.
Another major decision of the 2013 AGM was for the BCB to seek the assistance of former West Indies coach Roger Harper to assist several Berbice players to develop their games, with discarded Test players Brendon Bess and Devendra Bishoo among those listed.
The Motion to establish a Hall of Fame for administrators was also passed and the first inductees would include Duncan Stuart, Leslie Amsterdam, Victor Omrow, Lennox Phillips and Ancel Hazel.
Members of the BCB also voted to debar all players in the GCB Senior Inter-county squads from playing at the Berbice second division level, following which the president at the conclusion of the AGM expressed gratitude to all present for the fruitful discussion and urged them to recommit themselves to the development of cricket in Berbice.