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Mass exodus leaves St George’s depleted

St George’s Cricket Club could be forced to rely heavily upon fringe players to supplement the club’s senior team during the upcoming cricket season.

The East Enders, who were relegated to the First Division at the end of last season, have lost a raft of influential senior players in the lead up to the 2012 campaign.

Gone are former player/coach Clay Smith, wicketkeeper Dean Minors, top order batsman Richard Todd, seam bowler Ricky Foggo and all rounders Rudell Pitcher and Clay Darrell.

Smith, Pitcher and Foggo are headed to nearby St David’s while Darrell and Todd have been linked with a move to Young Men’s Social Club.

Minors has retired from playing and is considering beginning a new career as an umpire.

A mass exodus is the last thing St George’s may have wanted having already lost the valued services of all rounders Detroy Smith and Macai Simmons who are currently serving lengthy Bermuda Cricket Board (BCB) imposed bans.

The BCB’s disciplinary committee banned Smith until November 1 2014 and Simmons until May 1 2013 after both men were found guilty of bringing the game into disrepute earlier this year.

St George’s have also yet to appoint a new coach with former club skipper Herbie Bascome and ex-coach George Cannonier having emerged as potential candidates to fill the void.

Meanwhile, other notable players said to be contemplating transfers are PHC all rounder Kamau Leverock who has been linked with a move to nearby Southampton Rangers and Bermuda team-mate Rodney Trott who appears set to rejoin Bailey’s Bay after being released by Young Men’s Social Club.

Devonshire batsman Ian Armstrong has rejoined Rangers who could lose the services of all rounder Shannon Raynor who is said to be considering returning to Premier 50 over champions St Davids.

Others reportedly in transition are Somerset duo Dwight Basden and Jacobi Robinson who have been linked with a move to nearby Willow Cuts. PHC batsman Chris Foggo has been linked with a move to both Cuts and Devonshire.

The BCB’s transfer deadline expires at 5pm tomorrow.

Earlier this week

The Royal Gazette revealed that this season’s Premier 50 Over League will comprise of six teams with the remaining BCB registered teams making up the First Division.

The top two teams in the top tier will be relegated and replaced by the top two teams in the second tier at the end of the 2012 campaign.

Next season will also see Premier and First Division teams play in a combined 50 over knockout competition as well as the reintroduction of white clothing and red balls to the domestic scene.

There are also plans on the table that could see players from the Western, Central and Eastern parishes compete in a separate limited over league during the summer.

The 2012 season is tentatively scheduled to commence on the first weekend of May with a proposed T20 tournament involving both Premier and First Division teams.

Fresh claims that all senior national players must be registered with Premier clubs for the upcoming season have yet to be substantiated by local cricket’s guardians.

Gone: Dean Minors

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Published March 29, 2012 at 2:00 am (Updated March 29, 2012 at 9:21 am)

Mass exodus leaves St George’s depleted

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