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Clay Smith represented Bermuda's national cricket team for more than 18 years, skippering the side that qualified for the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean. A current national team selector, Smith scored centuries for Bermuda in the Red Stripe Cup in the West Indies against Windward Island and Jamaica. He also represented the Island in four ICC Trophies Domestically, he initially played his club cricket at St George's before moving to St David's as a player/coach. He also coached Cleveland and his boyhood club St George's. Smith was a regular for St George's in Cup Match and captained the East Enders to victory in the 1997 edition of the annual Classic.

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  • Cricket is not alone in requiring a winter break
    Oct 16, 2015 8:00 am

    Cricket is not alone in requiring a winter break

    With winter just around the corner and the domestic cricket season concluded, this will be my last column of the summer. Thanks to the many readers for all of your support. Many of you have personally voiced your appreciation and for that I say thank you.

    Cricket may be over, but my mind cannot help but think about the state of our national game. Some have this negative mindset that there is no hope and that it will be years before our...

  • National pride comes at a price
    Oct 9, 2015 8:00 am

    National pride comes at a price

    As the winter months draw nearer and cricket goes on the back burner, the national team programme will start focusing on their plan for next year’s ICC World Cricket League Division Four qualifiers.

    Locally we have always had a problem trying to decide if quality is more important than quantity when it comes to our national squad.

    In the past turn out for training has not been great, and surely with a tournament of this magnitude...

  • So glad nightmare season is over
    Oct 2, 2015 8:00 am

    So glad nightmare season is over

    As I reflect on the season just finished, I can’t help but to think of the number of players who disrespect the game in Bermuda.

    Players are taking this lovely game for granted and abusing it, which has come back to haunt us as a country.

    For some cricketers it’s just a pastime, but for others it represents way more than that.

    Several years ago I recall then Bermuda coach Daryll Cullinan talking with the players at only...

  • Sep 25, 2015 8:00 am

    A memorable season for all the wrong reasons

    As we come to the end of a long and strenuous season I cannot help but reflect on some of the things that have happened over the past few months.

    Although there have been some positives, the negatives have been exceedingly detrimental to cricket on the Island.

    Southampton Rangers continued their domination of the Belco Cup by winning it yet again. Even though it was a closely contested final, Rangers’ dominance in this competition...

  • Sep 18, 2015 8:00 am

    Time to crack down on bad behaviour

    This past weekend cricket in Bermuda reached a new low, but it is important that as a country we realise this is not just a cricket problem or a football problem, but a social problem Island wide.

    Where cricket is concerned, what can we do to reduce or eliminate this type of behaviour from happening in the future?

    As coach of Cleveland I was extremely disappointed at the events that took place, primarily because we were on the...

  • Sep 11, 2015 8:00 am

    Penalties needed for time-wasting

    Now that the Eastern Counties is over, I want to address some of the issues that arose from that series, while taking a quick look at the Champion of Champions final.

    Cleveland were lambasted after the first game for their players’ behaviour, but they regrouped, refocused and saw out the entire series to remain as champions. However, several deficiencies came to the forefront during the series, which need to be corrected before 2016.

  • Bojangles – a giant of a man
    Sep 4, 2015 8:00 am

    Bojangles – a giant of a man

    As my father Mansfield “Bojangles” Smith leaves us, I want to say thank you to a wonderful man who inspired me to be the best that I could be. The following is a letter to my father as we bury him tomorrow. He was one of, if not, the most influential person in my life and this is my thank-you to him.

    I grew up in a family of six, with two older brothers and two older sisters — I was the baby in the family. Our family house sits right on...

  • Aug 28, 2015 8:00 am

    Lord’s will be a battleground for ‘epic’ final

    Outside of Cup Match, tomorrow’s Eastern Counties clash between Cleveland County and St David’s is the most anticipated match of the season.

    St David’s will be determined to avenge their humiliating defeat to Cleveland last season, while Cleveland will be aiming to prove that victory was no fluke.

    It will be like watching Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield fight. St David’s represent Tyson and will come looking to bully Cleveland...

  • A learning experience for all concerned
    Aug 21, 2015 8:00 am

    A learning experience for all concerned

    This past week I have been in England with the National Academy’s under-14 and under-16 developmental teams.

    As our trip is about to come to an end, I can say that for the next five years our focus has to be on developing the young cricketers of Bermuda. What a joy this has been to watch our young cricketers display their skills. In many ways this tour can be deemed a success, but it also highlights areas of our cricket that we need to...

  • Aug 14, 2015 8:00 am

    Flatts will never have a better chance to win

    Could this be the season that Flatts finally win the Eastern Counties trophy?

    It took Cleveland some 33 years to win it, and there are many who would love to see Flatts dethrone Cleveland County after their drama-filled game with Bailey’s Bay.

    Flatts will never have a better chance to win the competition than tomorrow, as the champions will be without three key players: Allan Douglas Jr, the captain, Dennis Musson Jr, the...

  • Somerset have every right to stick out their chests
    Aug 7, 2015 8:00 am

    Somerset have every right to stick out their chests

    Cup Match has come and gone, and people are still trying to stop me to discuss what transpired at the Wellington Oval last week. It was so embarrassing that I don’t even want to discuss it any more. There is no doubt that if St George’s have any plans on challenging Somerset in the future, let alone next year, they must consider revamping their programme.

    It was evident that Cup Match started on the Monday night before the match for...

  • Eastern Counties emotions made justice impossible
    Jul 24, 2015 8:00 am

    Eastern Counties emotions made justice impossible

    Even though Cup Match is just around the corner, I feel it is imperative that I address the Eastern Counties game between Cleveland and Bailey’s Bay, which ended in mayhem.

    The game ended in a draw, with the scores level. By Eastern Counties rules, Cleveland, the cup-holders, should have been awarded the trophy. However, after an urgent meeting, the Eastern Counties ruled 9-5 that Bailey’s Bay should be awarded the trophy, even though...

  • Epic counties encounter awaits in St David’s
    Jul 17, 2015 8:00 am

    Epic counties encounter awaits in St David’s

    It is almost a year ago that Cleveland County trounced St David’s to end a 33-year wait and become Eastern Counties champions.

    Many thought that even though Cleveland had accomplished this feat they would relinquish the trophy before the end of the series. That wasn’t the case.

    Tomorrow, Cleveland will be defending their trophy against Bailey’s Bay in what promises to be a match you don’t want to miss.

    Bailey’s Bay have...

  • Jul 10, 2015 8:00 am

    There are reasons to be hopeful for Bermuda’s future

    Summer is here and normally cricket is over for the youngsters, but not this year.

    This year the Bermuda Cricket Board has launched a XL Super Summer Under-14 series, which runs every Monday for the next four weeks.

    This league has been put in place to get young cricketers playing more, and to help prepare the national under-14s for their England tour that is coming up in the middle of August.

    When I came onto the Board...

  • Remembering when we shook the world
    Jul 3, 2015 8:00 am

    Remembering when we shook the world

    My, how time has flown by. A decade ago, the Bermuda cricket team made history by qualifying for the 2007 World Cup.

    As the day approaches I’m sure many members of that team will reflect on the incredible feeling that they shared on July 7, 2005, which will always be remembered in the history of Bermuda cricket.

    Two months ago those players met in a mini celebration of that remarkable feat, but some members of the team thought...

  • Jun 26, 2015 8:00 am

    Player-coaches are a double-edged sword

    Not only did I play this past weekend, but I managed to get around to view a few matches and couldn’t help but notice how many coaches are actually still playing.

    Part of me understands why we are still playing, while another part of me is questioning if it’s right. Why should coaches have to play week in, week out or do we just opt to?

    The coaches that are still playing are Wendell White, Ryan Steede, Irving Romaine, Lionel...

  • Burgess taught me importance of mental strength
    Jun 19, 2015 8:00 am

    Burgess taught me importance of mental strength

    This week I want to talk about mental dominance in local cricket and what teams and individuals have to do to overcome the odds.

    There are often teams that another side just can’t beat or a bowler that always gets you out, or a batsman that just dominates you in local cricket and international cricket.

    How does one overcome this mental dominance so that they can flip the script and defy the odds? Self-belief!

    As former...

  • Jun 12, 2015 8:00 am

    Somerset have psychological advantage

    It’s that time of the year when both Somerset and St George’s start planning for Cup Match.

    Over the next few weeks both clubs will start training and having trials, which will assist them with their final selections, which takes place on July 25.

    This year’s Cup Match has all the ingredients to be an epic encounter. Defending champions Somerset seem to be growing in strength and appear to have a level of dominance over St...

  • Jun 5, 2015 8:00 am

    Strange how changes come when we have the cup

    The Eastern Counties is little more than a month away and this week the Eastern Counties Cricket Association made some very bold changes in an effort to modernise their competition.

    They’ve changed the allocation of overs and they’ve changed the rules on player eligibility, and quite frankly I’m at a loss for words.

    Whenever a cricketing body implements rule changes there will inevitably be some people that agree, and some that...

  • Rangers pair will decide league outcome
    May 29, 2015 8:00 am

    Rangers pair will decide league outcome

    The cricket season is upon us and it is time for my predictions for the season.

    As 50-over cricket begins this weekend I want to take a closer look at both divisions, to see who the favourites are to win, and who could end up being relegated.

    Unlike last year, when one team was automatically relegated, this year two teams get relegated and one team from the lower division is guaranteed promotion.

    The fifth-place team in...

  • No hiding from our shortcomings with the bat
    May 22, 2015 8:00 am

    No hiding from our shortcomings with the bat

    There were lots of positives to come out of the Belco Cup and yet the issues that have plagued our game for the past several years were there for all to see once more.

    In fact, as I sat and watched the semi-final at St David’s on Saturday and the final on the Sunday, I realised that I was seeing the reasons for our continued failure on the international stage being played out before my eyes.

    Quite simply, as a nation, our batting...

  • May 15, 2015 8:00 am

    Belco Cup just too close to call

    This weekend’s Belco Cup promises to be entertaining, particularly the semi-final between Southampton Rangers and Bailey’s Bay.

    The two best teams in the competition meet in a game that would do the final justice, and to say there is a lot riding on the outcome is an understatement.

    Led by two competitive captains in Janeiro Tucker and Stephen Outerbridge there has been some suggestion that the bad feeling between the two sides...

  • May 8, 2015 8:00 am

    Bermuda’s batting has been abysmal

    I’m sitting here in Indianapolis with the Bermuda team wondering where it has all gone wrong.

    It would be easy to sit here and make excuses for our abysmal performances, but the reality is we just simply did not bat well enough.

    Once this tour is finished players will jump right into league mode in Bermuda and look to impress selectors for future selections.

    On a positive note, talking to the players they seem very keen to...

  • May 1, 2015 8:00 am

    A challenge we are equipped to overcome

    Two weeks ago the Bermuda national cricket team won three games on a successful tour to Jamaica, but now comes the real challenge. The team leaves today for Indianapolis where they will play against Canada, United States, and Suriname with the top two teams heading to Ireland for the T20 World Cup qualifiers in July.

    It is anyone’s guess who will come through this tournament as all the teams are of similar quality. Canada would...

  • Apr 24, 2015 8:00 am

    Delray has the perfect temperament to be successful

    Delray Rawlins has made a significant step towards being a professional cricketer. This week he signed with Sussex Cricket Academy after going there for a trial and training with the first-team professionals.

    Months ago news broke that Delray had been put into the Emerging Talent Programme by his school, Bede’s. This programme is designed to give additional and specific training to athletes at the school who are deemed exceptional and...

  • Apr 17, 2015 8:00 am

    Tour a success but the hard work starts now

    The Bermuda national cricket team has just returned from a successful training camp in Jamaica.

    Having played three games and won three, against decent opposition, the team should be very proud of this accomplishment.

    It was only a few months ago that the senior team and management were scolded for what was quite simply an unacceptable performance in Malaysia. The dire consequences of that disastrous trip was Bermuda being...

  • Mar 27, 2015 8:00 am

    Underdogs or not, I’m backing New Zealand to win it all

    Even though I am an England fan, from Day 1 I predicted that New Zealand would win the World Cup. Now, they are one game away. Although they should face an exceptionally strong Australia team in the final, they go into the game full of confidence.

    How have New Zealand been able to play to such high levels for the duration of the tournament and what can Bermuda cricketers learn from them?

    New Zealand have been a work in progress...

  • Mar 20, 2015 8:00 am

    As ever in cricket, the devil is in the detail

    Watching the Cricket World Cup from a coach’s eye has me critically analysing each team’s strengths and weaknesses. Good teams do the basics really well.

    Fitness plays an essential part in a team’s success. The sides that are extremely fit and agile in the World Cup have been able to save twenty runs before they even bat.

    The ability to chase balls down, dive to cut balls off, or take exceptional catches shows great athleticism.

  • Bailey’s Bay all but nail down big signing of Jones
    Mar 13, 2015 8:00 am

    Bailey’s Bay all but nail down big signing of Jones

    Cricket clubs are negotiating as they try to lure players and coaches for the new season. Some of the names that are being talked about are extremely intriguing.

    Over the past few weeks, Malachi Jones’s name has been the talk of the town. One of Bermuda’s best is on the move and two clubs are vying for his signature — Bailey’s Bay and Cleveland County. It looks as if Bailey’s Bay have won the battle to sign the highly rated player, but...

  • A batsman’s game in which 400 has become the new 300
    Mar 6, 2015 8:00 am

    A batsman’s game in which 400 has become the new 300

    Back in 2007 when India posted 413 against Bermuda in the Cricket World Cup many thought Bermuda did not belong there.

    However, eight years later, teams are posting 400 more frequently. In this World Cup, we have already witnessed the milestone being reached three times.

    Basically, what India did against Bermuda was to show the world the direction cricket was heading: you saw paddle shots, reverse sweeps and a variety of peculiar...

  • Calling all coaches: now is the time to earn your corn
    Feb 27, 2015 8:00 am

    Calling all coaches: now is the time to earn your corn

    Even though the World Cup is heating up, I want to revert to local cricket for this week, as several clubs are searching for a coach. There is without a doubt a wide variety of coaches around the Island and they all have very different attributes. Cricket season is merely three months away and clubs will need to shore up their coaches, with pre-season training starting very soon.

    St David’s, Bailey’s Bay, and Flatts are the main three...

  • Feb 20, 2015 8:00 am

    It’s not right that Associates are penalised for success

    A week into World Cup and the Associate countries are holding their own. Over the years, there has been much debate and discussion about whether they belong in the World Cup. Many question if they are good enough, but from what we have seen thus far, they have proven their worth.

    What would the World Cup be without the Associate countries, as the threat of upsets will be negated?

    Many Associate nations are disturbed by hearing...

  • Feb 13, 2015 8:00 am

    Australia are big favourites but games still need to be played

    By Clay Smith

    The Cricket World Cup is upon us, but who will win is anybody’s guess. On present form, the obvious teams to choose to win the tournament are South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

    However, with the history of upsets at previous World Cups, we know not to take anything for granted. With this in mind, I have reached out to some of Bermuda’s top cricketers to get their views on who will win and why.

    If form...

  • Feb 6, 2015 8:00 am

    Irish memories flooding back

    World Cup cricket will be here next weekend, which might cause many of us to reflect on 2005 when Bermuda qualified for the competition for the first time.

    It has been nearly a decade since Bermuda shocked the world of cricket by becoming the smallest nation to qualify for the World Cup. On July 7, 2005 Bermuda defeated the United States to qualify for the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies.

    It is a moment in history that many...

  • Jan 30, 2015 8:00 am

    More international cricket is what Bermuda needs

    It is time our cricketers start learning from the rest of the world. Two issues arose this past week that made me think of Bermuda cricketers. West Indies had already lost the one-day international series to South Africa, with each of the first three matches heavily one-sided, but their response in the fourth ODI was enjoyable to see.

    The other issue that came to light is that Canada now have dropped into World Cricket League Division...

  • Jan 23, 2015 8:00 am

    You don’t have to be a professional to behave like one

    International cricket will make some players, while it will destroy others. It has been discussed for several years now about how majority of Bermuda players can perform admirably domestically, but when they go overseas they struggle to perform anywhere near their best. Why is that?

    Bermudians are known to be some of the most gifted players around, but what are the key ingredients that we are yearning for or are in need of? When you...

  • Jan 16, 2015 8:00 am

    Solutions for our cricket can be found

    As the cricket season slowly approaches, I find myself daily writing teams down, looking at possible transfer options, making notes and finding new and exciting drills that would stimulate and improve my players at Cleveland.

    Then I hear this voice from a coach, whom I had a conversation with last summer, saying, “You can’t save cricket, cricket is finished.”

    Is this really true? Is cricket really finished or have we just accepted...

  • Jan 9, 2015 8:00 am

    Call me a dreamer but here’s my wish list for 2015

    Now that we have entered 2015, the cricket season will be upon us before we know it. The following is my wish list of things I would like to see happen throughout the 2015 cricket calendar year.

    n 1, Bermuda regain some pride when they go to the World Twenty20 qualifiers in May.

    n 2, The youth leagues to play cricket right through the summer, which would allow our young ones to play more.

    n 3, St George’s to regain the Cup...

  • Jan 2, 2015 8:00 am

    Good, bad, but mostly ugly for cricket in 2014

    The year has come to an end and it’s time we reflect on cricket in general for 2014. There was the good, the bad and the ugly, but as we reflect, we must learn from our good and our bad, so that we can grow and have an even better 2015.

    Let’s start with the good in 2014. The Bermuda Cricket Board reverted to two divisions for the domestic league programme, which made for some very competitive cricket in both divisions.

    St David’s...

  • Dec 19, 2014 12:01 am

    We must make change with a purpose in mind

    Since I have been elected to the Bermuda Cricket Board as a club representative I have been doing nothing but talking to friends in other countries, trying to find ideas on how we can improve our cricket.

    It is of no secret that our cricket needs an overhaul to some extent, but it has to be done tactfully and with a purpose. The question is where do we start?

    In recent weeks we have heard Janeiro Tucker and Lionel Cann, two...

  • Fearsome foursome struck fear into hearts
    Dec 12, 2014 8:00 am

    Fearsome foursome struck fear into hearts

    We pause this week to take a more global reflection on the cricket arena.

    Undoubtedly, those of us who consider ourselves fanatics of the game would be cognisant of the death of Phillip Hughes. This young Australian batsman was in the prime of his life when he died two days after being struck by a bouncer.

    The only consolation is that he died while representing his state team in the game that he cherished, the lovely game of...

  • Dec 5, 2014 8:00 am

    Minors and Bascome at head of queue for St David’s post

    It may be December, but speculation is rampant in respect to who will replace Wendell Smith at St David’s CCC. With Smith’s track record as coach at St David’s it will be a tough act to follow for his replacement.

    St David’s won the league title three of the past four years, among other trophies. Some names come to mind to replace Smith, such as Herbie Bascome, Dean Minors, Albert Steede and Del Hollis.

    The conditions at St...

  • Nov 28, 2014 8:00 am

    Better to be part of solution than the problem

    The clubs have spoken and have clearly backed Lloyd Fray to be president of the Bermuda Cricket Board for another term. So if Fray is not the problem, then who is or what is?

    This is what we need to get to the bottom of so that, in two years’ time, we are not deeper in a hole.

    I have thrown my name into the fold and have joined the Board as a club representative. I decided, why sit on the outside complaining when I could join them...


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