Honesty pays off for Bell
St. George’s colt Damali Bell proved that honesty is indeed the best policy after copping the second annual Warrington (Soup) Zuill Memorial Cup Match Sportsmanship Award.
Bell, who beat out Somerset’s Kevin Hurdle and St. George’s teammate Fiqre Crockwell for the award, claimed a wicket and held two catches to cap a memorable Cup Match debut.
But it was his honesty in acknowledging that the ball did not carry during an attempted catch in the deep off the bat of Somerset’s Deunte Darrell that ultimately tipped the scales in his favour.
Award founder Hoyt Zuill, said: “Damali exemplified good sportsmanship and honesty and that was one of the main reasons why he was selected as one of the candidates.”
The teenaged fast bowler was presented with the distinguished award by St.George’s legend Cal (Bummy) Symonds during last Saturday’s awards ceremony at Blue Waters Angler’s Club.
The occasion marked the second straight year that a St. George’s player has won the award, honouring the legacy of late sports historian Zuill, that is presented to the cricketer that demonstrates sportsmanship and good behaviour during Cup Match.
The teenaged cricketer received a crystal trophy while Hurdle and Crockwell both received certificates for being shortlisted by a panel of judges that included past cup Match players Albert Steede, Cleon Scotland and Allen Richardson.