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.
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 isnít 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 itís tournament time when everything counts and todayís 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 Boardís 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 weekís news that Janeiro Tucker could possibly replace Stephen Outerbridge as captain of Bermudaís Twenty/20 team has left me baffled.
As many of you know, Iím 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 Davidís are the new 50-over league champions as the final round of cricket was washed out last weekend and now itís 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 ó unless a miracle takes place ó St Davidís 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 Baileyís Bay against powerhouse St Davidís, 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 wonít want to miss.
Aug 8, 2013 8:59 pm
Cup Match 2013 in many peopleís eyes will be remembered as the game when rain saved St Georgeís 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 Georgeís 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.
Apr 19, 2013 8:00 am
The Bermuda Cricket Board has announced that there will be one league this season. Except for watching the National team compete for promotion to World Cricket League Division 2, domestic cricket will be like watching paint dry to put it plain and simple. What would possess the BCB to make such a decision?
Apr 12, 2013 8:00 am
There are 17 days to go before we begin our quest to win the Division 3 World Cricket League Tournament held here in Bermuda.
As the team has not yet been announced I want to take a look at the players we have to choose from and what I think our final selection could be and, in addition, highlight our strengths and weaknesses and what its going to take for us to be successful in this tournament.
Apr 6, 2013 8:00 am
Today I want to take a closer look at the teams that the Bermuda national cricket team will face come April 28th in the ICC Division 3 tournament. USA, Nepal, Italy, Uganda and Oman are the opposition who will be challenging Bermuda for that all important top two finish. With the schedule being released this week the interest now mounts. There are no easy games in this group as all teams are pretty much evenly balanced.
Mar 30, 2013 8:00 am
The Bermuda national cricket team has completed part one of their mission, but what lies ahead will be the ultimate challenge. April 28th — May 5th Bermuda will host Italy, Oman, USA, Nepal and Uganda in a round robin tournament with so much at stake. This tournament is the challenge of all challenges.
Mar 22, 2013 8:00 am
With the national team halfway through the T/20 tournament, confidence should be high based on the good results we have had so far, but soon the focus will be switch to that of the ICC Division 3 Tournament coming up April 28th-May 5th.
Mar 8, 2013 8:00 am
Cricket in the T20 format has quickly become a spectator favourite.
However, I am in the mindset of the fast growing game to not expose young cricketers to this format. The game requires uncharacteristic behaviours that are not suitable for the longer game, which if exposing a young player too early to this format can be detrimental to his development.
Feb 22, 2013 8:00 am
Successful or unsuccessful, is the question one has to ask about the recent national cricket tour to Barbados.
Was the timing of this tour right? Did much planning or thought go into this tour? Did it achieve what it was intended to achieve? These are the burning questions surrounding this tour as it ended with a mixture of results and some favourable and unfavourable performances.
Feb 8, 2013 8:00 am
The women’s World Cup cricket is currently being played in India with a number of countries vying to be world champions. I took time out this week to actually sit and watch some of the matches and was quite surprised at the quality of cricket being display.
I was encouraged to believe that our own women cricketers could definitely reach this level one day.
Feb 2, 2013 8:00 am
There were a lot of deals made during the transfer window which closed on Thursday night, but the one that some people are talking about is the one that didnt go through at all and the behaviour of the player, Peter Odemwingie of West Bromwich Albion.
Feb 1, 2013 8:00 am
February is here and we are merely months away from the start of our 2013 cricket season, which promises to be an exciting one.
However, many of us cricket purist are curious to see what new ideas are put forward to improve the standard of cricket overall.
There is no secret Bermuda cricket is crying out for a facelift or change of plan/ideas to revamp or ignite our dying national sport.
Jan 4, 2013 8:00 am
As we are now into a new year the big question to all of Bermuda athletes, cricketers, footballers, golfers, swimmers etc is what are you going to do different this year to make yourself that much better?
The obvious is to prepare yourself mentally and physically for your specific craft, and push yourself towards a fitness goal, letting nothing stand in the way of achieving it.
Dec 28, 2012 8:00 am
Happy New Year and may 2013 be an even better one for all of you.
As the New Year approaches I want to reflect on my top five sporting feats of 2012. While this was very difficult as there were several outstanding performances worldwide, my top five is as follows:
Coming in at fifth place is Andy Murray’s tennis heroics as he finally broke his Grand Slam duck by winning the US Open final against Novak Djokovic.
Dec 21, 2012 8:28 am
Let me start by saying Merry Christmas to one and all, may you enjoy your holidays and please keep safe.
Many of my recent articles have been highlighting the negatives within the walls of Bermuda cricket, inclusive of the Board, players, executives, clubs, and umpires. As is customary by us as Bermudians we are quick to criticise but slow to praise, a trait that we shouldnt be proud of.
Dec 15, 2012 8:00 am
I was pleasantly surprised to hear about the Bermuda Football Association and the Bermuda School Sports Federation joining forces to take an elite group of footballers abroad to Florida. The college showcase will give all the boys a fantastic opportunity to display their talent to various college coaches. What pleases me the most about this is the standards that have been met by all the boys in order to be eligible to make the final squad.
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