Albion crowned Elizabeth Styles U-19 champs

Guyana Times article.

Georgetown, Guyana - The lads from Albion Community Centre are the Berbice Under-19 cricket champions.

They got the rights to that title after defeating Young Warriors recently in the final of the inaugural Elizabeth Styles Under-19, 50-over cricket competition the Cumberland Ground in East Canje.

Batting first, Albion, led by a patient 64 from former Berbice Under-19 all-rounder Verapen Permaul, reached 183 all out in 45 overs. Berbice Under-17 batsman Balchand Baldeo chipped in with 39.

In reply, Young Warriors were bundled out for just 70 in 29 overs to lose by 113 runs. Bowling for Albion, West Indies Under-19 left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie took 3-12 from seven overs, leg-spinner Avinash Wajib bagged 3-15 from seven overs, off-spinner David Latchaya 2-4 from three overs and Baldeo 2-14 from four overs.

Permaul was later adjudged Man-of-the-Match.

Former Guyana Cricket Board executive Bissoondyal Singh, speaking at the presentation ceremony, said he was very pleased with the manner in which the competition was run by the Berbice Cricket Board.

Singh represented the sponsor Elizabeth Styles, a US-based cosmetics company.

He added that the work of the BCB must be admired, after learning that several semi-finals and other finals were being played simultaneously across the county. Singh said other cricket boards in Guyana and the Caribbean should take a page out of the book of the BCB.

He mentioned that Elizabeth Styles was so impressed with the competition that “they have already committed to renewing sponsorship for the Under-19 competition, and another competition next year.”

Singh said the BCB will also receive assistance from him next year, as he committed to funding a comprehensive coaching programme.

First Vice-president of the BCB, Anil Beharry, thanked Singh and Elizabeth Styles for their faith in Berbice cricket.

First Published In The Guyana Times.

Sat, 11/30/2013 - 04:24