Man-of-the-match controversy resurfaces
The controversial issue of announcing of the Cup Match MVP has resurfaced with this year's winner still not chosen almost a week after the classic.
The Safe Hands Award was announced on Tuesday with Derrick Brangman of Somerset taking the honours after his spectacular catch to dismiss Christian Burgess in the second innings.
Brangman is also the frontrunner for the MVP award after his all-round performance, taking three catches, scoring 35 not out and claiming five wickets as Somerset won by eight wickets.
Last year Terryn Fray, the Somerset century-maker, was named as the MVP immediately after the match, with Alfred Maybury, the Somerset president, promising that would be the procedure going forward.
However, no announcement was made by St George's Cricket Club during the post-match presentation when Governor George Fergusson presented the trophy to winning captain Jekon Edness.
The two coaches, Jeff Richardson, of Somerset, and Ryan Steede, of St George's, were expected to join the third umpire James McKirdy in choosing the MVP, but the three did not met.
“Nobody spoke to me and that's news to me,” Steede said yesterday. “Last year the two managers, me and Mike Corday, made the decision. That announcement should have been made at the ceremony, people want to know who is the Cup Match MVP.”
Steede believes Brangman “pretty much would have won it hands down” after his impressive performance.
After last year's Cup Match Maybury insisted that the announcement of the MVP would be more timely going forward.
“In the past we weren't following the Cup Match rules,” Maybury said.
“The rules are very clear in how the man of the match should be selected and who should do it.
“When we reviewed them we recognised that the coaches and the third umpire were supposed to selected the man of the match, so we simply went back and did what we were supposed to do.”
Maybury said that the rules governing the post-match presentation still only allows for the Cup Match trophy to be presented to the champions, although both the MVP and Safe Hands Award winners were announced at last year's presentation.
Last year Richardson and St George's coach Noel Gibbons joined third umpire McKirdy in selecting the MVP.
n After their thrashing in Cup Match, the East finally had something to smile about on Monday when they beat the West by five wickets in the Under-14 XL Foundation Summer League All-Star match at St John's Field.
The West scored 79 for five in their 20 overs before the East replied with 80 for five from 18 overs. Iyuan Smith was the MVP for the East after scoring 16 runs.
Jenico Sealey led the West bowling with two for 11. Jagai Bailey was the West MVP with 23 not out. Sancho Jackson was the best bowler for the East with two for 12.