Marshall stays tight-lipped on changes
Charlie Marshall, the St George's Cup Match selection committee chairman, kept his cards close to his chest when asked whether the challengers would be making significant changes to their line-up this year.
“Right now the guys are playing good cricket,” was all Marshall was prepared to say before Saturday's second Cup Match trial at Wellington Oval.
Last summer, St George's made six changes to the team that lost the trophy in Somerset in 2012.
And it is anticipated that St George's will make additional alterations this year as they bid to regain the cup from Somerset.
According to Marshall, the challenger's preparations have been hindered by a scheduling conflict with Bermuda squad training.
“I'm not too pleased with the Bermuda Cricket Board's decision to organise training during the month of July,” he said. “The Board has organised training on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for Bermuda players and these same players are also trying out for Cup Match.
“We are not getting full numbers in training because the players are training Tuesdays with the squad and Thursdays with their clubs.”
The Bermuda squad are presently preparing for October's ICC World Cricket League Division Three Tournament in Uganda.
“The ICC World Cricket League Division Three Tournament is not until October so I do not know why they could not give the players a break from national team training in July to concentrate on Cup Match and resume training in August,” Marshall said.
On a more positive note, Marshall is delighted to see some of the players that opted not to try out last year back in the picture.
“I am very pleased to see a percentage of individuals that were not out last year back this year,” he said.
Marshall is also delighted to have former St George's team-mate Dean Minors serving on his committee.
Minors has replaced Wendell Smith, the former club captain, who resigned last month.
“Having Dean's experience is definitely a plus and hopefully he will be working with our wicketkeepers who are trying out for Cup Match as well,” Marshall said. “It is good to see guys like that get involved and give something back to the club.
“Clay [Smith] has also been helping out in training so we have a good bit of experience and knowledge and hopefully the players will take advantage of the knowledge they are receiving.”
Oronde Bascome, the St George's captain, Gary Brangman, the former St George's Cup Match seam bowler, and Noel Gibbons, the coach, make up the remainder of St George's' Cup Match selection committee.
Gibbons is the other new face on the selection committee having replaced another former club captain Herbie Bascome.