The Cup Match cricketing legends of Sleepy Hollow
As you might imagine, the ongoing global health crisis has provided me with just about all the “me time” I can handle.
Don’t get me wrong, I have been pretty upbeat about the situation for the most part and come up with all sorts of novel ways to amuse myself including learning how to ferment nine kinds of vegetables, make no less than seven varieties of Dalgona coffee, as well as a mean pitcher of “lockdown lemonade” (which doesn’t actually contain any lemons because I had to substitute Lipton tea bags and orange peels).
But as even I discovered, there is a limit to how much YouTube anyone can watch. Eventually you need to find a more meaningful way to entertain yourself.
So you might appreciate I was a little less than enthusiastic about the prospect of a match-free long weekend, even though I wholeheartedly agree that the match was cancelled for all the right reasons.
Never one to give up hope, I boldly planted the handle of my little blue-on-blue flag in the hanging basket on my porch last Wednesday evening and prayed for something remarkable to happen … And guess what? My prayers were answered!
Imagine my surprise last Thursday morning when I discovered live coverage of a Cup Match cricket event emanating from the Sleepy Hollow Oval in Hamilton Parish.
In case you missed it, this two-day event with limited overs was granted an approved government exemption to hold the event for more than 50 people — for Sleepy Hollow residents and their invited guests — but I am reliably informed that more than 6,000 people tuned in on the internet.
Organised by the 3rd Field Committee of Sleepy Hollow Drive, and enthusiastically supported by onlookers from a collection of tents along the perimeter of the field, the two teams took to the field with the aid of umpires, an announcer, scorers and neon green bats and wickets.
The special rules for this inaugural event included awarding ten points for hitting a six, being automatically declared out for hitting a house on a fly ball, and a provision for the last man standing on a side to bat alone.
As much as it pains me to admit this, the highlight of the match in my opinion occurred on Day 2, when an eight-year-old from Somerset bowled out one of the men from the St George’s team.
Being fondly reminded of watching childhood games of road hockey (where everyone knows that a goal scored in the path of an oncoming car doesn’t count), I loved the ingenuity and teamwork that the players and residents of Sleepy Hollow employed to bring this event together and air it on social media for all to enjoy.
It is times like this that I am proud to count myself as Bermudian, where fellowship and entrepreneurialism are alive and well during this difficult time. Congratulations to everyone who was involved in this wonderful event — you are everything that I admire and that I aspire to be.
• Robin Trimingham is the chief operating officer of The Olderhood Group Ltd and a virtual presenter, journalist, podcaster and thought leader in the fields of life transition and change management. Connect with Robin at linkedin.com/in/olderhoodgroup1/ or firstname.lastname@example.org
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