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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...

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