Elizabeth Styles pumps $454,000 into Berbice cricket


Guyana Times article.

Georgetown, Guyana - The Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) on Friday secured sponsorship for another under-19 tournament from the Elizabeth Styles worth $214,000.

Elizabeth Styles also donated $240,000 to the board for the sponsorship of six cricket clinics for cricketers from the Ancient County.

Both agreements were sealed when Elizabeth Styles representative Bissoondyal Singh handed over the sponsorship packages to officials of the BCB.

The presentation ceremony was held in the boardroom of Hand-in-Hand Insurance Company Limited.

At the presentation ceremony, chairman of the Special Events Committee of the BCB Hilbert Foster, in brief remarks, expressed gratitude to the company, while reaffirming the board’s commitment to the development of cricket, not only in Berbice, but nationally.

Singh stated that the company was pleased to be associated with the BCB and the development of cricketing talent in Berbice as a whole.

Elizabeth Styles representative Bissoondyal Singh (left) hands over the sponsorship cheque to former West Indies batsman Basil Butcher in the presence of a BCB official (Photo: Rajiv Bisnauth)

He also expressed confidence in the ability of the BCB to organise the tournament, stating the track record of the board is one of success and progress.

Meanwhile, Singh also advised that the company is willing to invest more into the sport countrywide, once the cricket crisis locally is resolved.

“Once the cricket crisis is sorted out, we at Elizabeth Styles are willing to invest, not only in Berbice but the entire country.

“What we want to see is a proper constituted Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) and also a proper Guyana Cricket Board (GCB).

“We want to have people who we can work with, people who are trustworthy and people who have the game at heart,” Singh concluded.

Under-19 Tournament

Further, this year’s tournament will be played in several sub-zones and played on a round-robin basis among 40 clubs.

The champion team will take home $50,000 and a trophy, while the runner-up will collect $43,000. The man-of-the-final will collect be $10,000.

The cricket clinics will target primarily batsmen, bowlers and wicketkeepers. Senior coaches, Michael Hyles Franco, Albert Smith and Winston Smith will be the facilitators, with sessions to be conducted in all sub-zones.

First Published In The Guyana Times.


Fri, 02/07/2014 - 19:53