Telenec renews sponsorship of BCB U-15 tourney

Guyana Times article.

Georgetown, Guyana - At a simple, but significant ceremony held recently at the famous Albion Sports Complex, Bobby Deonarine of Tenelec Inc of Washington renewed his sponsorship of the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) Inter-club Under-15 cricket competition for teams in Berbice to the tune of over half of a million dollars.

One of the speakers at the ceremony, Vemen Walter, the Human Resource Manager of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), Albion Estate, was high in praise of the sponsor for his faith and the role he has played in the development of Berbice cricket.

He also praised the work of the BCB. He congratulated Tenelec for once again sponsoring this very important tournament where the nursery of Berbice cricketers are identified and nurtured.

Walter added that two of the Guyanese who were recently in Dubai with the West Indies Under-19 team, Gudakesh Moti and Shimron Hetmyer, are recent products of the sponsorship by Telenec.

James Samuel (left) of Maryland, a representative of the sponsor, presents the cheque to Keith Foster, President of the Berbice Cricket Board in the presence of sponsor Bobby Deonarine and members and friends of the board

He added that other successful cricketers who went on to represent West Indies such as Narsingh Deonarine, Veerasammy Permaul, Devendra Bishoo, Assad Fudadin and Royston Crandon have all participated in the tournament.

BCB President, Keith Foster, thanked Deonarine on behalf of the board for his continued support. He noted that not many will invest their monies in Guyana when they live and earn overseas, but Deonarine is an exception.


Foster said that Deonarine, who is the uncle of West Indies middle-order batsman Narsingh Deonarine, is a true patriot of his country of birth and is always willing to assist young people here.

Anil Beharry, the first Vice-president of the BCB, was also high in praise for the sponsor and thanked him for his investment in the youths of Berbice.

Beharry said that many young people are lead astray towards the ills in society and this tournament is an avenue to help them make meaningful contributions to the development of themselves and their communities.

He added that international quality floodlights will soon be installed at the Albion Sports Complex and it is expected that many sporting activities will be held to keep our young people constructively occupied.

Beharry also pleaded with parents to make sure that their young children take full advantage of this tournament.

Deonarine, in a short but inspiring speech, said it was money well spent and he will always support cricket in Berbice, with the younger players taking priority. He said that he is happy to be part of the success of so many players who have come out of Berbice and gone on to represent Guyana and eventually the West Indies.

Telenec is also the sponsor of the premier 50-over First Division cricket competition in Berbice. That tournament is set to played in the second half of the year and the BCB is optimistic that Tenelec will be on board once more.

First Published In The Guyana Times.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 23:40