The Bermuda Electric Light Company Limited (BELCO) and the Bermuda Cricket Board (BCB) announced the plans for BELCO Cup 2016. BELCO and the BCB also announced that this will be the final year that BELCO will be sponsoring the annual cricket event.
On Saturday, May 14th at 11 a.m. the top four teams from the 2015 season will compete for the final BELCO Cup title during the Semi-Finals (admission FREE). Last year’s BELCO Cup Champions, Southampton Rangers captured the coveted title from St. David’s Cricket Club. The defending champions will take on St. David’s Cricket Club during the Semi-Finals at Somerset Cricket Club while Bailey’s Bay will challenge Cleveland County at Lord’s in St. David’s.
On Sunday, May 15th at 11 a.m. the winners of the Semi-Finals will compete for the 2016 BELCO Cup Championship at Lord’s in St. David’s (admission is $5.00 for adults, 18 or older). Gombey Evolution will be performing as halftime entertainment at 2:30 p.m.
Lloyd Fray, President of the Bermuda Cricket Board said, “The BELCO Cup has deservedly become a marquee event each year and is much anticipated by clubs, players and fans alike. Once again the community will have an opportunity to watch the top teams from last year’s Premier division compete in an exciting weekend of cricket. With this being the final year that BELCO are sponsoring this event I expect some exceptional cricket played in the highest standards of sportsmanship.”
“I take this opportunity to thank BELCO for their incredible contribution to cricket over the 14 years that they have sponsored the BELCO Cup. I thank Garry Madeiros, Denton Williams and the whole BELCO organization for showing great passion in marketing this event and supporting it fully with their volunteering staff members. Over the 14 years BELCO will have awarded over $53,000 in prize money to clubs and players. Each year the BELCO Cup has supported a charity allowing telling contributions to be made not just to youth cricket but also to The Sunshine League and Feed the children.”
Denton Williams, BELCO’s Chief Operating Officer said, “We have been the proud sponsor of BELCO Cup for the past 13 years, surpassing our initial agreement of 10 years. The decision to finish BELCO Cup this year was a difficult one, but due to ongoing budget constraints we have been faced with having to make difficult financial decisions, and as a result we have reduced some of our corporate and community sponsorships. We would like to thank everyone on and off the field for their dedication and support of BELCO Cup over the years. It has been a successful event and we have no doubt that the 14th and final year will be the same. It has been an honor to have been a part of such a community-driven sporting event and we wish the Bermuda Cricket Board and each one of the cricket clubs all the success in the future. We encourage all fans to come out and enjoy a weekend of exciting cricket and let’s make this last BELCO Cup the best one to date.”
We are also pleased to once again support the development of Bermuda’s future cricket players by supporting the Bermuda Cricket Board’s National Youth Academy. BCB’s National Youth Academy will receive all entry fees and any additional donations that fans may wish to make. The National Youth Academy provides Bermuda’s talented young cricket players with a comprehensive programme to develop their skills while also providing them with the tools they need to become well-rounded members of the community.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
ICC Penalize Associations BCB Penalize Players
The Bermuda Cricket Board has released a ruling handed down by the Cricket Committee on last weekend matches not played at White Hill Field.
With no explanation, they have awarded the points of the Somerset Bridge vs Somerset Cricket Club match to Somerset Cricket Club and they have awarded five points each to Devonshire Recreation Club and PHC.
However this ruling is direct contradiction of recent ICC handlings, in a statement recently at the conclusion of the ICC Board Meeting attended by Bermuda Crickey Board CEO Neil Speight the ICC announced they were suspending the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) in view of government interference in the board.
The suspension cuts off ICC funding for the CAN, the ICC Board decided that Nepal National teams could continue to feature in ICC events, as they don’t want the players to suffer and not play, the same thing has applied for USA Cricket, but this ruling by the Bermuda Cricket Committee would appear to penalize the Somerset Bridge players and not the Administration of Somerset Bridge.
The matches slated for this weekend will see matches played on both Saturday and Sunday.
On Saturday at Lord’s in St. David’s, Southampton Rangers and Cleveland County will take to the field at 11am, and then at 3pm host St. David’s Cricket Club will entertain Willow Cuts.
Up at the Somerset Cricket Club, Flatt’s Victoria and the Devonshire Recreation Club will take to the field at 11am, followed by the St. George’s Cricket Club taking on host Somerset Cricket Club.
On Sunday at Lord’s in St. David’s, Bailey’s Bay will take on the Losers of the Southampton Rangers-Cleveland County match at 11am, followed by the Winners of the Southampton Rangers-Cleveland County match taking on the Winners of St. David’s Cricket Club-Willow Cuts match.
Up at the Somerset Cricket Club, the Losers of the St. George’s Cricket Club-Somerset Cricket Club match will take on either PHC or Devonshire Recreation Club at 11am, while at 3pm the Winners of the St. George’s Cricket Club-Somerset Cricket Club match will take on PHC, Devonshire Recreation Club or Flatt’s Victoria.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Former Player Compares Pakistan Recommendation to Bermuda
Recently Pakistan coach Waqar Younis, in a strongly worded and revealing report, criticized the Pakistan Cricket Board's decision of not giving him a say in the selection process during his tenure, he also recommended that players be made to earn their place in the national squad with performances in domestic cricket.
www.islandstats.com asked a former player heavily involved in the National Programme to answer a few of the recommendation Younis put to Pakistan and how Bermuda are dealing with the same issues.
THE RECOMMENDATIONS INCLUDE
Q. Head coach should be the part of selection committee? A. YES
Q. Chief selector should be someone who has played modern-era cricket and has a positive vision? A. YES, PLAYERS AND PUBLIC SHOULD KNOW WHO THAT PERSON IS.
Q. The selection criteria should include and emphasize fitness and fielding as the first priority? A. PLAYERS SHOULD COME FIT FROM THEIR CLUBS, CLUBS HAVE ALL THESE COACHES WHO GET PAID A LOT OF MONEY BUT DO NOT PRODUCE THE PLAYERS.
Q. Dietitians to be involved during all camps and junior tours? A. THE WHOLE PROCESS FOR SENIORS SHOULD BE FOR JUNIORS NOTHING DIFFERENT.
Q. Does Domestic cricket needs to be restructured, fewer teams to play first-class cricket to improve the standard? A. I WOULD SAY WE NEED TO HAVE A LARGER LEAGUE WE ARE TO SMALL A COUNTRY TO HAVE TO DIVISIONS. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE CUPMATCH AND COUNTY GAMES BE LOOKED AT TO HELP IMPROVE OUR CRICKET, BY THERE APPROACH TO THEIR COMPETITIONS.
Q. The high performance manager's post needs to be developed to oversee all performances of coaches, selectors, trainers and physio at both international and domestic level? A. WE NEED TO FIND ONE I THOUGHT HEMP WOULD HAVE BEEN A GOOD PERSON TO FULFIL THE ROLE BECAUSE OF HIS EXPERIENCE.
Q. Ex-players to be involved at the domestic level to help youngsters? A. THIS IS A CLUB THING MORE SO THEN THE BOARD, BUT THEY CAN ENCOURAGE IT WITH SOME DIRECTION.
Q. Emphasis on fielding and fitness at junior level? A. OUR BEST COACHES SHOULD BE INCHARGE OF THESE PLAYERS NOT JUST ANYONE WHO PASSES A TEST.
Q. A team tours need to be organized on a regular basis to groom youngsters and give them overseas exposure? A. BERMUDA NEEDS TO CONFIRM IF THEY ARE GOING TO PROVIDE THE A TEAM WITH A TOUR AND JUST NOT LIP SERVICE FOR THEM TO TRAIN AND MAKE THE NUMBERS UP.
Q. Selected players should be sent to various international academies to gain experience and exposure? A. WE NEED TO FIND ACADEMIES TO SEND PLAYERS EITHER IN CANADA, USA OR ENGLAND. WE SHOULD ALSO TRY TO GET OUR TEAMS TO PLAY IN THE LEEWARD OR WINDWARD TOURNAMENT FOR ALL AGE GROUPS, WHICH WILL ALLOW FOR US TO HOST THEM FROM TIME TO TIME WHICH WILL ALSO ALLOW MORE PLAYERS AN OPPORTUNITY WITH HOME AND AWAY TOURS REGULAR.
Monday, April 25, 2016
ICC Approve Suspended Country Division 4 Host
The ICC held its second meeting of 2016 at the ICC Headquarters in Dubai, outcomes from ICC Board and Committee meetings which includes Bermuda Cricket Board CEO Neil Speight saw decisions made and reports received:
On cricket’s potential participation in the Olympics and/or Commonwealth Games, the ICC Board received an update from the management and agreed that further discussions were required with the Members and the other stakeholders, including the IOC and Commonwealth Games Federation before a final position could be adopted.
The Board received a report on the development of cricket in the United States of America (USA) and expressed its satisfaction with the progress made in-line with the previously approved strategic framework. It was also decided that the ICC World Cricket League Division 4 event, which the USA will participate in, would be staged by the ICC in Los Angeles in late 2016.
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Twenty20 League Round Up
Southampton Rangers Win by 2 Wickets
Western Stars 81/8 Southampton Rangers 82/8
At the Sea Breeze Oval, Western Stars batted first and were restricted to 81/8, Temiko Wilson was their top scorer with 27 before he was run out, while Brian Hall added 18, Vernon Eve was the pick of the Southampton Rangers bowlers with figures of 4-2-2-2, while Hasan Durham bowled 4-0-9-2.
In reply the Southampton Rangers scored the winning runs off the final ball of the match scoring 82/8 winning by 2 wickets. Ricardo Brangman and Kwame Tucker both scored 20, Hall was the pick of the Western Stars bowlers with figures of 4-1-12-2, while Makai Young bowled 4-1-16-2.
Bailey's Bay win by 9 Runs
Bailey's Bay 105/9 St. David's 96/8
In an anticipated matchup Bailey’s Bay was able to restrict visitors St. David’s Cricket Club to 96/8 while they were chasing 105. St. David’s Cricket Club won the toss and sent Bailey’s Bay into bat and restricted them to 105/9 in their allotted 20 overs, Stephen Outerbridge was the top scorer with 52, with Dennico Hollis adding 13, Cejay Outerbridge was the pick of the St. David’s Cricket Club bowlers with figures of 4-0-11-2 and Kevin Hurdle bowled 3-0-15-2.
In reply only two batsmen reached double figures, with captain OJ Pitcher scoring 32 and Hurdle adding 11, Nairobi Carmichael was the pick of the Bailey’s Bay bowlers with figures of 3-0-8-2, while captain Rodney Trott bowled 3-0-19-2.
The two matches scheduled for White Hill Field were called off.