Belco Cup serious business for Islanders
St David’s will take the upcoming Belco Cup competition seriously as they look to win it for the first time since its name change from Camel Cup in 2003, according to OJ Pitcher.
The Islanders went trophyless last term for the first time in almost a decade, something that didn’t sit well with both the club and their fans.
In what could be a defining season for many of the players in the squad, the quest to bring back some silverware to St David’s starts on Saturday against Willow Cuts at Somerset Cricket Club.
“We definitely want to go out there and perform well each game we play no matter who the opposition is,” said Pitcher. “As everyone knows there is a lot of talk about who the best team is in Bermuda and each team would argue that they are the better team but one thing no one can argue with is stats.
“St David’s have been a consistent team for a decade now, winning all of the trophies there is except for one which seems to be our jinx trophy, and that is the Belco Cup which we are looking to change this year.”
The last time St David’s hoisted the premier pre-season title was in back to back seasons in 2001 and 2002 when they beat Western Stars by three wickets and five wickets respectively.
In that side were marquee names including Glenn Blakeney alongside then player/coach Clay Smith, whose older brother Wendell is now at the helm of the East End club.
Since their last triumph in the competition, however, they lost the 2004 final to Stars, and the 2005 and 2006 finals to Southampton Rangers in convincing fashion.
With a win in the Belco Cup, Pitcher believes that the gauntlet will be thrown down to there title rivals before a ball is bowled in the league campaign.
“We have won it as the Camel Cup on a few occasions but haven’t won it since it’s been changed to the Belco Cup. There are a few of us looking to get back into the squad, therefore wanting to go out and perform every time we step on the field.
“Things at St David’s have been going very good so far in our lead-up to the season. Wendell has been putting us through the paces and the players have been responding well. After a quiet season for our standards last year the team is eager to go and are dedicated to the task at hand as we have set individual goals and team goals.
“We have a strong team and are hungry for success during this campaign as we have a lot of depth in our batting and bowling departments.”
The top four teams from the 2012 season will battle to become Belco Cup champions on Saturday with Rangers taking on 2012 champions, Baileys Bay, at St David’s Cricket Club, while Cuts and St Davids do battle in the west end. Both games begin at 11am, with admission free.
Sunday will see the two winners compete for trophy in St David’s, beginning at 11am.