Cup Match MVP: why are we waiting?
Cup Match, remember that? The two-day cricket match that ended 17 days ago with Somerset securing their first innings defeat of St George’s for 70 years?
Yes, that one.
Well, apart from resident columnist Christopher Famous banging on unapologetically about Cup Match origins, holiday naming rights and pirates masquerading as noble admirals, it has insinuated itself back into the news cycle.
Last Thursday we had the Friendly Societies Sportsmanship Award presented to Steven Bremar and a day later Somerset reprised legend of yore by marching the cup through the neighbourhood in the West End, with captain Jordan DeSilva astride a white horse.
Randy Horton, eat your heart out.
Amazingly, though, the one unfinished piece of business is the choosing and naming of the most valuable player for 2018.
Jonah Jones has completed the Transcontinental Race, having cycled up and down Europe in a bravado show of endurance, in the time that it has taken the Cup Match clubs to arrive at what should be a relatively straightforward decision.
It is at times such as these, when self-interest abounds — with each club having who they believe to be sure-fire candidates — that the appeal for adjudication to be placed in the hands of independent parties is best received.
In the red corner, Somerset provide batsmen Terryn Fray and Stephen Outerbridge, and bowler Dion Stovell. And in the blue corner, St George’s have century-maker Onias Bascome playing a lone hand.
Whatever the claims for either, and really this is another award that should be headed west, given the one-sidedness of the contest, the longer we wait, the less the public appetite.
Not even the newly minted One Championship Cups, despite the ludicrous nature of the First Division award — Kamau Leverock’s chance-laden 68 finding more favour than Makai Young’s six wickets and 49 — left onlookers waiting in such a manner.
Those decisions, whatever their failings, were at least taken immediately after the match. But this Cup Match “decision” is as unnecessarily and painstakingly long as was that of LeBron James when he left the Cleveland Cavaliers for Miami in 2010.
A shrewd call going forward might be to implement a version of the NBA’s 24-second clock.
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