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Bridge facing expulsion from league

Somerset Bridge Recreation Club (SBRC) could be banned from Bermuda Cricket Board’s (BCB) sanctioned leagues.

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club have not paid their annual affiliation fee to the BCB for at least the past two years and owe local cricket’s governing body thousands of dollars.

According to the BCB’s bye-laws, Bridge risk being punished by the Board, which could mean suspension or termination of their membership.

Even though the club have not paid their dues they have still been allowed to play in the BCB sanctioned leagues.

Their fate is to be decided at the Board’s upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) that has been officially set aside for November 29 at the BCB’s new headquarters at Charities House.

The potential ban is the latest setback for a once proud club that has fallen on tough times in recent years.

In 2005 it emerged that Bridge owed Government as much as $82,000 in unpaid taxes. They were, however, thrown a lifeline when Government gave them a much needed cash injection to the tune of $200,000 two years later to get their house in order.

At the time SBRC president Marc Bean vowed to upgrade the popular sports facility and get the club back up and running in a “functioning” manner”. But in 2008, Government went ahead and demolished the White Hill clubhouse amid promises to replace it with a multi-purpose facility that has yet to materialise.

Since then the cash strapped club have struggled to raise revenue to pay their dues to the national governing bodies of both cricket and football.

As well as being possibly banned from the BCB’s leagues, the club risk being stripped of their privilege to take part in the vote to decide the next BCB president.

BCB bye-laws state that “Any club that has not paid its annual affiliation fee shall not be entitled to vote at any meeting of the Board until such time as the club is in good financial standing”.

Those vying to succeed outgoing BCB president Reggie Pearman are BCB first vice-president Allen Richardson, BCB second vice-president Lloyd Fray, past BCB president Ed Bailey and ex-national team captain Clay Smith. Richardson lost to incumbent Pearman at the 2007 AGM on a tie-break.

Elections will also be held to decide a new treasurer, Fund Development Chair and three Club Representatives at this month’s AGM. No nominations will be accepted from the floor “unless the majority of the members of the Board present agree to same”.

Also high on the agenda for this month’s AGM is the reviewal of proposed amendments to the Constitution and bye-laws, appointments of Auditors for the year ended December 31, 2011, and approval of audited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2011.

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Published November 14, 2011 at 1:00 am (Updated November 14, 2011 at 8:19 am)

Bridge facing expulsion from league

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