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Thursday, November 26, 2015
ECB Could Do Away with Toss

With the news that the toss could be scrapped in County Championship Division Two matches next season under proposals being considered by the England and Wales Cricket Board, the question around the local Cricketing Community is could the Bermuda Cricket Board look at doing the same thing.

The ECB's executive board will discuss the plan on Thursday after it was recommended by its cricket committee.

If it is approved a one-year trial will take place in 2016 to try to improve pitches and encourage spin bowlers.

The away team would choose whether to bat, bowl or still have a toss if the pitch condition was uncertain.

The toss will remain in County Championship Division One and domestic limited-overs cricket.

It was mentioned in the first recorded laws of cricket in 1744 when the team winning the flip of the coin would have the choice of which pitch to use as well as whether to bat or bowl first.

The ECB believes many matches in Division Two are decided by the toss because home teams are producing pitches to suit their bowlers.

However, no team in the County Championship has been deducted points for preparing a poor pitch since 2011.

Thursday, November 26, 2015
BCB AGM Elected Officials

The Bermuda Cricket Board announced the results and decisions of the AGM held at Charities House.

The meeting got underway with the minutes of the last AGM, November 26th, 2014 being approved. The Audited Financial Statements for the year ended December 31st, 2014 were approved with a clean unqualified opinion.

KPMG were re-appointed auditors for the year ended December 31st, 2015.

The recommendations of the Governance Committee to add Dissolution Clause on the winding up of the Association as Bye-Law 17 (a mandatory change imposed by the new Charities Act), was approved unanimously.

The Paul Ross from Somerset Bridge was elected to hold office as the 2nd Vice President until the AGM of 2018, while Lorenzo Tucker from Warwick Workman’s Club was elected to hold office as the Assistant Treasurer/Secretary until the AGM of 2018.

In addition, the following Club Representatives will hold office until the AGM of 2016:

Clay Smith
Calvin Waldron
Terryn Fray
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Scotland Selected to Surrey Under 13 County Squad

The Bermuda Cricket Board announced that twelve year old Marcus Scotland, grandson of St George's Cup Match legend the late Rupert Scotland, has been selected to the Surrey CCC Under 13 County Squad for 2016.

Scotland was recently involved in three weeks of intensive Trials and is now regarded as one of the best 24 Cricketers in his Age Group from the entire Surrey County. It is believed that no Bermudian - at his age - has ever been a colt for one of the 18 major cricket counties in England and Wales.

Last season, Scotland played cricket for three teams - Spencer CC, London Schools and Surrey District (Inner London) primarily as an opening batsman. In August, Scotland top-scored during Bermuda's Under 14 Development Tour of the UK recording three 50s and averaging 64.33 over five matches.

Twelve months ago, the Bermuda Cricket Board assisted the young cricketer with his winter training fees and that support helped to accelerate his development. Having relocated to London last summer to pursue a football career with Fulham FC, Scotland was spotted by former England fast-bowler Alex Tudor after attending a summer cricket camp. He ended up being coached by some of England's best former players including Dean Headley, Ian Salisbury and Tudor.

Lloyd Fray, President of the Bermuda Cricket Board, said: “I am very proud of Scotland’s achievements to date and I look forward to his continuing development. He is part of a very active and sporting family so it is not a surprise to see him thriving in his new environment. I am particularly heartened by the reports of his academic progress which are mirroring his efforts off the field. I fully expect Scotland to continue to represent himself, his family and Bermuda with pride on and off the field.”

The Surrey County Under 13 squad will begin a minimum of 12 intensive sessions beginning in 2016 followed by 10 fixtures between May and August. Scotland has confirmed his availability for the BCB Development Tour to UK in August 2016.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Twenty20 IOC's Preferred Format for Olympic Inclusion

International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson had admitted it will be difficult to get the sport on the Olympic programme and warned the International Olympic Committee (IOC) they would not want a “Mickey Mouse” version of cricket at the Games.

Richardson’s comments follow the ICC holding talks with the IOC, including President Thomas Bach, to explore the possibility of cricket making a return to the Olympics for the first time since 1900, which were described as “productive”.

A number of different formats of the game have been mooted as the preferred option in recent weeks, including indoor cricket as it can be modified and adapted to make it easier to put on in countries where there is no cricket infrastructure or grass pitches.

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland, the latest to speak out in favor of the sport’s potential bid earlier this month, also suggested Beach Cricket should not be ruled out.

Richardson, however, has seemingly put paid to any other format being put forward other than Twenty20, which has enjoyed a vast growth in popularity since it was introduced by the England and Wales Cricket Board in 2003.

“We met the IOC President and we have really explored the possibilities, at least we are talking, and we are open to the opportunity if it's worthwhile to include cricket in Olympics,” he told the BBC.

“If the ICC is committed then we have to overcome the hurdle of the IOC accepting cricket because there are a lot of other sports that want inclusion in the 2024 Olympics.

“But it's not as simple as that and there are lot of issues that you need to consider and the Olympics might not want cricket, they don't want second-rate teams and they don't want Micky Mouse format, they want our major format, the Twenty20.”

The ICC will now look to clear the potential obstacles to cricket’s inclusion before they make a decision as to whether to put their sport forward, potentially early as the Olympics in 2024, where the bidders are Budapest, Hamburg, Los Angeles, Paris and Rome.

It last featured at the Games in Paris in 1900, where a single match between a British team and hosts France decided the destination of the gold medal.

Cricket has been a part of the last two Asian Games and Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive David Grevemberg recently revealed the organization had held “exploratory discussions” with a view to the sport being included at the 2022 edition of its flagship event in Durban.

Momentum has been gathering for the sport to feature at the Olympics since Marylebone Cricket Club’s (MCC) World Cricket Committee called for the inclusion of the Twenty20 format in July.

Australia’s Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar of India, who each captained a team at the Cricket All Stars event aimed at spreading the game to parts of the United States and featured some of the sport’s all-time greats, have both thrown their support behind any bid.

Cricket, however, was one of just seven out of 33 Eligible Sports not to apply for inclusion at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Friday, November 20, 2015
Bermuda Cricket Opponent Collapses and Dies

van Schoor Appeals for Irving Romaine's wicket
Former Namibia captain Raymond van Schoor has died at the age of 25, five days after he suffered a stroke playing for his country.

Van Schoor played against Bermuda in several ICC Tournaments, as a teenager van Schoor played Bermuda in a World Cup warmup match for Namibia.

The wicketkeeper collapsed batting against Free State on November 15th in a Cricket South Africa one-day match.

Cricket Namibia President Richard Frankle said in a statement on the ICC website, "Raymond was a tremendous asset to the National Team."

He scored more than 8,000 runs in 200 matches for Namibia in all formats.

Van Schoor, who made his national team debut aged 17 in 2007, played in this summer's International Cricket Council World Twenty20 Qualifier in Scotland and Ireland, and in an ICC Intercontinental Cup match against Ireland in Windhoek last month.

He captained Namibia 40 times and was his country's cricketer of the year in 2012
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