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.
Apr 19, 2014 12:01 am
Quite often when you read about cricket you only hear about the so-called big teams, such as Southampton Rangers and St David’s, and the lesser teams often go unnoticed.
Therefore, I want to take a closer look at the teams in the Logic First Division. This year the First Division looks to be a very competitive division, but only time will tell. So what teams will gain promotion back into the Logic Premier Division?
One thing all...
Apr 11, 2014 8:00 am
The Bermuda Cricket Board has officially released the player transfers for the 2014 season. Nineteen players have moved on to a different club in hope of a fresh start. Today I will take a closer look at each team in the Premier Division to see if any club gained a significant advantage from players transferring.
Bailey’s Bay, Cleveland, Somerset, Southampton, St David’s, St George’s and Willow Cuts are the teams that will form the...
Apr 4, 2014 8:00 am
Over the past week or so, I have been studying the World Twenty20 games trying to figure out exactly what it is I like and dislike about T20, thus making comparisons with one-day internationals and Test matches.
I have always been a big fan of Test-match cricket, simply because it is the true measure of a good cricketer. As a batsman, you are trying to bat long, which entails concentrating for hours and hours against a variety of...
Mar 28, 2014 8:00 am
The World Twenty20 has started in Bangladesh and what electrifying cricket it has been. As many of you may already know, I am not a big fan of T20 cricket, but this tournament has strangely captured my attention.
Any fan of sports who loves competition would get hooked on this tournament, as many games are won or lost by the smallest of margins.
What makes Twenty20 cricket so special is that it is a fast version of the game. The...
Mar 21, 2014 8:00 am
With the cricket season little more than a month away, clubs will be starting their pre-season training soon. The focus normally is on getting fit and doing a lot of basic skillwork. The whole idea of pre-season training is that you slowly build up, session after session, getting more detailed and intense as you get closer to the season.
Unfortunately, for some clubs pre-season is not as detailed because players are reluctant to attend...
Mar 14, 2014 8:00 am
The World Twenty20 starts this week with a host of countries vying to dethrone West Indies. Long gone are the years when West Indies dominated Test cricket, but they have prevailed in the shorter T20 format. Do they have what it takes to retain their title?
West Indies have a mountain to climb if they are to become the first back-to-back champions because they are in a very tough group, which includes India, Pakistan and Australia.
Mar 7, 2014 8:00 am
If any cricketer wishes to play for another club at the start of the new season they must transfer by the March 31 deadline.
Last season, close to 30 players moved clubs. I want to look into some of the reasons why players move from club to club and what they should look for in a new team.
With deadline day looming, I think it is essential that the Bermuda Cricket Board officially announce any changes to the league structure...
Feb 28, 2014 8:00 am
As I continue my task of seeking ways to improve cricket in Bermuda, this week I wish to discuss one of the most important factors of all, if not, the most: the mentality of the player.
The mentality, or mindset, of a player is a huge factor as to why our cricket is at the standard it is now. Far too many of our cricketers do not take the game seriously enough, hence the reason why our national level has dropped and our domestic level...
Feb 21, 2014 8:00 am
My aim is to address as many different facets of cricket that need improving in Bermuda. In previous weeks, I discussed captaincy, the pitch, coaching, and this week I want to focus on umpires and the role they play in improving Bermuda cricket.
Over the years, I have seen the level of umpiring go up and down. When I first came into the game, the umpiring was at a very high standard. However, midway through my career, I saw the level...
Feb 14, 2014 8:00 am
As I continue to tackle the root of the problem with cricket in Bermuda, this week I want to focus on the coaching aspect of the game, or lack thereof. Coaching is an art. It is a skill, whereby the aim is to improve the individual player or team through teaching certain skills.
Coaching plays a very big part in the overall quality of cricket that we see week in and week out. Many clubs have a coach, but the question is to what extent...
Feb 7, 2014 8:00 am
The Bermuda Cricket Board is doing a good job off the field to keep the sport flourishing, but my concern is what is being done to fix the game on the field. That is where the real problems lie.
Last week, I discussed captaincy and the importance of being a student of the game. This week, I want to focus on the playing surface, better known as the pitch, and what can be done to produce better pitches, which goes a long way towards...
Jan 31, 2014 8:00 am
Bermuda cricket has so many elements that need improving that over the next few weeks. I intend to look at several of them individually, starting with the role of captains.
Captains play an important role in cricket because the game is built around their decision-making. If you had to select a captain, what credentials would that person have?
Most clubs are planning pre-season meetings to discuss their plans for the season. One...
Jan 24, 2014 8:00 am
Although Bermuda’s teams are in the midst of the football season, it is that time of the year when someone within each club needs to start planning for the cricket campaign.
Clubs, along with the Bermuda Cricket Board, have to take responsibility for getting local cricket back on track, or at least heading in the right direction. The key to this is professionalism.
For the cricket season to be a success, a lot of planning has to...
Jan 17, 2014 8:00 am
There are good sportsmen and then there are great sportsmen. Do you ever ask yourself what is it that separates one from the other? Hard work, passion, belief and sacrifice are a few words that come to mind, and then there is consistency.
Consistency: “The ability to maintain a particular standard or repeat a particular task with minimal variation” — and, in the case of the greats, at a very high standard.
When I think of great I...
Jan 10, 2014 8:00 am
By Clay Smith
Have you ever sat and wondered why people support the sporting teams that they do?
If you were to ask a few friends who they support and why I bet you would be amazed at some of the responses.
While most Bermudians have local teams they support, many can be seen in pubs across the island, tuned into English and Spanish football or international cricket supporting their teams.
What is it that attracts...
Jan 3, 2014 8:00 am
As 2014 starts, the word for the week is “character”. Being an advocate of sports quotes, I want to share one of my favourites with you, “Sports do not build character. They reveal it” — John Wooden.
How true is this? What do sports tell us about the person? How a person trains, their preparation, how they play and respond to wins and losses, and how they work outside of training tells us a lot about the character of a person.
Dec 27, 2013 8:00 am
Happy New Year to one and all, may 2014 bring you many joys and prosperity. As we close out 2013, I want to take a look back at the highs and lows of Bermuda cricket.
In a year that promised much, many were disappointed as cricket failed to live up to the expectations. But, hopefully with some foresight, 2014 will be a year to remember.
The cricket season was like a rollercoaster ride. It simply reminded us, the viewing public,...
Dec 20, 2013 8:00 am
With Christmas just around the corner, let me start by saying a warm Merry Christmas to all of Bermuda, especially, those of you who continue to read my column week in and week out. As the year is coming to a close, I want to share with you my five most memorable sporting moment for 2013.
Taking into account that I am looking at sporting moments worldwide, this was obviously not an easy task. However, this was a year for some...
Dec 13, 2013 8:00 am
Cricket is in such an appalling state that there are people calling for the Bermuda team to be dismantled, while others look on from across the waters with great concern.
Recently, former Bermuda Under-19 manager Gerald Bean and SportsMax, the Caribbean broadcaster, put forward two interesting topics that I want to discuss with you.
There was an article in The Royal Gazette this week, in which Bean suggested that the Bermuda team...
Dec 6, 2013 12:01 am
Can Bermuda ever really be competitive at the highest level in cricket again? So many other countries are infested with overseas players who have become eligible, it isn’t funny.
This recent World Twenty20 qualifying tournament, which was held in the UAE, is an indicator that the majority, if not all the teams besides Bermuda, have turned to other resources to strengthen their teams. Now it is a question of how do we improve or level...
Nov 29, 2013 8:00 am
The Bermuda cricket team’s attempt to qualify for World Twenty20 is over. What looked so promising at the start of the competition in Dubai turned into a nightmare as we simply didn’t have what it takes to compete at the higher level.
Bermuda’s performance can be compared to that of a 100 metres specialist running a 200 metres race: he comes out of the blocks fast, but fades down the stretch.
How did it all go so...
Nov 22, 2013 8:00 am
By Clay Smith
After a great start to the World Twenty20 Qualifiers, Bermuda are in a spot of bother as they sit in seventh place out of eight teams with only two games remaining.
Bermuda must finish in the top five to make the play-offs and have a realistic chance of qualifying as one of the top six teams.
Scotland, Papua New Guinea, and Bermuda are tied on four points, but Scotland and Papua New Guinea have a far superior...
Nov 15, 2013 8:00 am
The Bermuda national cricket team kick off their World Cup Twenty/20 qualifying campaign today after two good, hard practice games.
Against Italy and Canada we were able to get some quality competitive games under our belts. Now it’s tournament time when everything counts and today’s game sees Bermuda fitted against one of the tournament favourites, Scotland, in what should be a stern test.
This is the beginning of what should be...
Nov 8, 2013 8:00 am
Bermuda national cricket team fly to Dubai tonight for the Twenty20 World Cup Qualifiers with hope of claiming one of the six available places that are up for grabs.
This past weekend seven of the Bermuda England-based cricketers met at Horsham Cricket Club for a weekend of intense training.
I managed to have a chat with Delray Rawlins who was at the camp, but on standby for the tour, and Kamau Leverock who will be actually...
Nov 1, 2013 8:00 am
It baffles me to even think that we could be at a dilemma because we still have cricketers playing football three weeks prior to Twenty20 World Cup qualifiers.
However, who is at fault, the cricketers or the Cricket Board, or could they both be at fault? Regardless, this mess needs to be rectified and fast before something drastic happens and we find one of our top three players, one of whom is our captain, injured and unavailable to...
Oct 25, 2013 8:00 am
By Clay Smith
This past week saw the Bermuda national cricket team travel to Florida for a weekend training camp where they played the USA national cricket team in a three-game practice series. Bermuda were beaten in all three games, causing great concern with only three weeks to go before the T20 World Cup qualifiers in Dubai.
With USA being considered a mediocre team one can only wonder how Bermuda will do cope against the...
Oct 18, 2013 8:00 am
This past week Bermuda Cricket Board announced their Twenty20 squad which will be heading off to Dubai for World Cup Qualifiers in mid-November. There will be two groups of eight bidding for six World Cup qualifying places.
Oct 11, 2013 8:00 am
Do you ever sit and wonder how Bermuda can produce such talented athletes in various sports but for some reason or another we always seem to falter at that final hurdle, not all but in most cases?
Could it be that as a country our players lack exposure (international experience) or that they are mentally weak (doubting themselves before even facing the challenge)?
Oct 4, 2013 8:00 am
In a week when I was mesmerised by the Bermuda Cricket Board’s efficiency to have such a wonderful presentation merely a week after the season concluded, in the same breath I was even more stunned that they would have the audacity to come public with such a statement suggesting that there was no truth surrounding the text message sent to Stephen Outerbridge.
Sep 27, 2013 8:00 am
This week’s news that Janeiro Tucker could possibly replace Stephen Outerbridge as captain of Bermuda’s Twenty/20 team has left me baffled.
As many of you know, I’m a big fan of both of these players and respect them for what they have achieved at the highest level, but this possible move has left me speechless.
Sep 20, 2013 8:00 am
Cheating in sports seems to be more prevalent in the modern day sportsman with the desire to gain the ultimate advantage in order to receive the accolades that then accompany the success.
This looks to be true in both team and individual sports and so I ask the question: is winning more important to players than their morals or values, or does the heat of the moment contribute to the unacceptable behaviour?
Aug 30, 2013 8:00 am
St David’s are the new 50-over league champions as the final round of cricket was washed out last weekend and now it’s time for Bermuda to prepare for the Twenty/20 (World Cup qualifiers) in November.
The season is slowly, but surely winding down and many cricketers who will be involved in the Twenty/20 are going to be playing football soon.
Will this have a hindrance on Bermuda national cricket team preparations?
Aug 23, 2013 8:00 am
As the cricket season dwindles out slowly there is very little to get excited about. With the final weekend coming up in the 50-over league — unless a miracle takes place — St David’s will be the champions for the 2013 cricket season.
Aug 16, 2013 8:00 am
The much-anticipated second round of the Eastern Counties, featuring Champions Bailey’s Bay against powerhouse St David’s, is now upon us.
Deemed as the second biggest game on the local cricketing calendar, with pride and history at stake this is one game you won’t want to miss.
Aug 8, 2013 8:59 pm
Cup Match 2013 in many people’s eyes will be remembered as the game when rain saved St George’s from a possible 2-1, or at least a dominant Somerset victory.
In a game that was dominated from start to finish by Somerset, St George’s managed to walk away with their heads held high and their home record still intact thanks to some disciplined batting by Lionel Cann and Rodney Trott.
Jul 31, 2013 8:30 am
The long wait is over for St Georges as Cup Match 2013 is here and we are ready to redeem ourselves after last years woeful performance.
Somerset, the champions, have made no changes to a team that last year destroyed former champions St Georges in a day and a half.
Jul 26, 2013 8:00 am
Cup Match fever is here and tomorrow several young talented cricketers will be vying for a final spot in both Somerset and St Georges Cup Match teams.
Do St Georges as challengers have what it takes to pry the cup back away from Somerset? Do Somerset still have that killer instinct that saw them brutally annihilate St Georges last year?
Jul 20, 2013 8:00 am
After watching the first game of what is known as the most ferocious cricket Test series worldwide The Ashes, between England and Australia, questions are raised over whether players should walk or not when they edge the ball and are caught out?
Jul 12, 2013 8:20 am
With Eastern County and Cup Match just around the corner, the cricket fanatics are starting to get excited.
Jul 5, 2013 8:00 am
Lately we have seen an influx of our youth playing the game of rugby. Their interest has turned away from our traditional sports of football and cricket, and after some investigation of why, one reason stands out, and that is, the programme Beyond Rugby Bermuda.
Jun 28, 2013 8:00 am
Over the last month one statistic that has jumped out at me more than any other in cricket is the inability for teams to bat for 50 overs.
I estimate that this happens in at least 75 percent of the matches. This frightening observation emphasises some serious flaws in both our batting and concentration.
Jun 21, 2013 8:00 am
The Under-19 squad that was selected by the Bermuda Cricket Board is very strong and they certainly have the potential to go on and qualify for the Youth World Cup. Bermuda will play against Canada and USA with only the winner going through.
USA and Canada will be more than ready and will surely be competitive, but this Bermuda team is one of the strongest we have had in recent years.
Jun 7, 2013 8:00 am
So far this year there has been two weeks of cricket and not one game has been close or even competitive.
Never in the history of cricket have games been so one-sided teams winning by huge margins of 200-runs plus, and by 10 wickets.
It is really dreadful to read about and must be awful to watch.
As discussed in my recent article about the one-league format, there were some games that finished as early as 3 o’clock.
May 31, 2013 8:14 am
After last weekends one-sided cricket results I have decided to go on a fact-finding mission on ways to improve cricket locally. In an effort to do that I have reached out to a good friend of mine, Australian Jeff McKenna.
I first met Jeff while playing cricket in England back in the 1990s. We became room-mates and have stayed in touch ever since.
May 17, 2013 8:00 am
Cricket starts this weekend with the Belco Cup competition, but forget the Belco Cup, who wins that is irrelevant to the future of Bermuda cricket.
I dont know if it is me and my passion that is driving me on this, but I wont stop until people wake up and realise that they cant just talk the talk, they have to walk the walk.
May 10, 2013 8:00 am
Bermuda Cricket Board apparently reached out to clubs once again regarding the One League structure of our domestic season, but it is not yet known whether they will go ahead with the change or revert back to having two divisions incorporating promotion and relegation.
Apr 26, 2013 8:00 am
The opening of the World Cricket League Division 3 Tournament is two days away, and the order of play for Bermuda is Uganda, Oman, Nepal, Italy, and USA.
As I have expressed in previous articles the magnitude of this tournament for Bermuda is enormous.
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