Let’s Bet Sports, BCB partner for Second Division cricket tournament
The Guyana Lottery Company through Let’s Bet Sports has joined hands with the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) to stage a Second Division 100 Balls tournament set to feature several teams drawn from both sides of the Berbice River.
The tournament, which will be played at the Inter-zone level followed by an overall Berbice championship featuring the zone winners, will bowl off shortly.
Teams in West Berbice, New Amsterdam/Canje, Lower/Central Corentyne and Upper Corentyne would participate in four separate zones, following which the winners would collide to determine the overall champion.
West Berbice: Blairmont, Achievers, D’Edward and Cotton Tree Die Hard
New Amsterdam/Canje: Rose Hall Canje, Young Warriors, Tucber Park, Guymine, Mount Sinai and Mental Hospital
Lower/Central Corentyne: Albion, Rose Hall Town Bakewell, Kildonan, Fyrish, Courtland and Port Mourant
Upper Corentyne: Scottsburg, Skeldon Titans, Number 72 All Stars, Dukestown Warriors and Number 64 Fighting Marines
President of the BCB, Hilbert Foster, expressed gratitude to the management of the Guyana Lottery Company and Let’s Bet Sports for offering the biggest sponsorship package the Board has ever received in its 79-year history, amounting to just under $1.1 million.
“Due to the nature of the sponsorship, players under the age of 18 are debarred from taking part in the tournament, and this is very simple…the Lottery Company expressed to us that no person under the age of 18 is allowed to take part in their games so we have followed suit,” Foster explained.
He added however, that teams would be allowed three First Division players who are not debarred.
“On behalf of the Berbice Cricket Board, I would like to express gratitude to the management and staff of the Lotto/Let’s Bet Sports for coming onboard with us. Your support would enable us to continue the remarkable transformation of Berbice cricket and for this we would forever be grateful,” Foster concluded.
Brand Ambassador, Rawle Toney, said Let’s Bet Sports is pleased to tap into the large pool of cricket talent in Berbice by providing an avenue for them to excel.
“At our rollout (in February) we would have mentioned we’re not just here to tell people ‘this is where you need to place your wager on live sports and virtual’ but we’re here also to give back to the sporting community in whatever way we could, and we really loved the idea from Mr. Foster to run a cricket tournament in Berbice,” Toney stated.
Toney added that the hardwork and success of the BCB made it easier for Let’s Bet Sports to form the alliance, noting that “this is the first, but definitely not the last.”
The outstanding teams and individuals would be presented with trophies and cash incentives.