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Three clubs in danger of losing right to vote

Bermuda Cricket Board (BCB) will determine today whether or not three of its members will be allowed take part in the vote to decide who succeeds outgoing president Reggie Pearman at this month’s AGM.

According to BCB sources it remains unclear whether Leg Trappers, Police Recreation Club and Somerset Bridge Recreation Club will be allowed to take part in the ballot when the vote is taken to decide the next Board president.

It is understood that Leg Trappers and Police may lose their right to vote because they are not currently registered in the BCB’s leagues while Somerset Bridge may also lose that privilege for non-payment of their annual financial dues to local cricket’s governing body.

“We haven’t paid our dues to the BCB but this is something we are looking to rectify,” confirmed Somerset Bridge president Marc Bean.

According to BCB sources, Board executives are due to meet tonight to review their bye-laws to determine which of the three clubs will get to vote at the AGM.

Although the date of this month’s AGM has not been officially announced, it is understood it will take place on November 29.

Meanwhile, last night saw BCB Affiliates hold a sparsely attended meeting at Police Recreation Club where BCB presidential candidates had the opportunity to pitch their platforms to those in attendance. Only eight of the BCB’s 16 affiliates and presidential candidates Clay Smith and Lloyd Fray attended the nearly hour-long meeting.

St George’s Cricket Club secretary Raoul Ming expressed disappointment at the apparent apathy shown towards last night’s meeting and scolded those clubs that did not make the effort to attend

“This platform here tonight was actually the next stage for these guys to showcase what they have and what they bring to the table to actually move us forward, and we could’ve had more and should’ve had more,” he said. “This meeting wasn’t to alienate anyone and I would’ve expected all 16 affiliates to attend.

“If the other affiliates are serious about cricket then they should’ve been here as well because everybody knew about it. I think each club needs to go back and look into what they feel cricket really needs and then assess their own cricket programmes and then get serious about cricket and serious about the cricket fraternity in Bermuda.”

Among the BCB presidential candidates absent were Allen Richardson and Ed Bailey.

Richardson is currently touring Barbados with the Bermuda Masters cricket team while it remains unclear what Bailey’s reasons for not attending were.

Somerset Cricket Club executive Charlotte Simons hinted that another meeting may be scheduled to give both Richardson and Bailey the opportunity to pitch their mandates to the affiliates.

“There should be another one of these sessions to hear Mr Bailey and Mr Richardson to keep it fair and make sure no-one can say they were outdone by anyone else,” Ming said.

Western Stars executive Wayne Campbell agreed.

“They should still have their chance to speak,” he said.

Southampton Rangers president Randy Raynor said he was impressed with the proposals offered by Smith and Fray at last night’s meeting.

“I think both of them produced a good proposal,” he said. “This (BCB presidential election) is going to be one of the biggest decisions we will have to make in quite some time.”

Friendly rivals: BCB presidential candidates Lloyd Fray (left) and Clay Smith shake hands before last night's meeting at Police Club.

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Published November 08, 2011 at 1:00 am (Updated November 08, 2011 at 7:23 am)

Three clubs in danger of losing right to vote

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