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.
Oct 16, 2015 8:00 am
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...
Oct 9, 2015 8:00 am
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...
Oct 2, 2015 8:00 am
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
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
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
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.
Sep 4, 2015 8:00 am
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
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...
Aug 21, 2015 8:00 am
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
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...
Aug 7, 2015 8:00 am
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...
Jul 24, 2015 8:00 am
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...
Jul 17, 2015 8:00 am
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
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...
Jul 3, 2015 8:00 am
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
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...
Jun 19, 2015 8:00 am
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!
Jun 12, 2015 8:00 am
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
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...
May 29, 2015 8:00 am
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...
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