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Exhibition match to honour Raynor

One of the greats: Raynor, front left, will honoured in an exhibition game this weekend

Some of the island’s top cricketers from the past and present will be in action in Saturday’s inaugural Sheridan Raynor Community Day at the Southampton Oval.

The Sheridan Blues, led by Rangers coach Ricky Brangman, will take on the Harley Rangers, captained by former Rangers batsman Olin Jones, in a 20-over match.

The exhibition game will also feature the likes of Lee Raynor, the brother of late Rangers, Bermuda and Somerset Cup Match captain Sheridan, the Rangers captain Janeiro Tucker, Calix Todd, the former Rangers fast bowler, and Clevie Wade, the former Rangers player-coach.

“The match will feature a lot of former players and all former players that played for Rangers can play,” Kwame Tucker, the event co-founder, said.

Two of the island’s former stars will also be honoured for their contributions to the local game.

“The honorees have already been chosen and will be announced during the interval,” Tucker said.

Some fans will also have their moment to shine in the limelight during the innings break.

“We will pick six people from the crowd and they will then bowl an over at the stumps and whoever hits will win a prize,” Tucker said.

The event will not be centred solely around cricket as there will also be various free activities on offer for the children.

“This is a family-oriented event and so we’re going to have a fun castle, face painting and ice cream for the children,” Tucker said.

“We will also have hot dogs and hamburgers which will be free.”

The late Raynor is regarded as one of the finest all-rounders Bermuda has produced. He is the first Bermudian batsman to score a century against first-class opposition and the first to score a century in Cup Match on a turf wicket.

The late Bermuda Sports Hall of Famer is the first Rangers player to play for and captain Somerset in Cup Match and the first batsmen to score 1,000 runs in the Western Counties competition.

“He [Raynor] was a very good batsman who had a lot of class,” said Sir Gary Sobers, the West Indies legend, at the time of Raynor’s death in 2011.

“Sheridan was a really nice fellow and a very good cricketer.”

The event is the brainchild of Raynor’s son, Gary, and Tucker.

“Gary and I were sitting off one day when we thought of having something to honour his father’s legacy,” Tucker said.

“Sheridan did a lot for Rangers and cricket in Bermuda and I think having an event like this in his memory is long overdue.”

All proceeds will go towards Rangers’ junior cricket programme.

“This is a very worthy cause,” Tucker said. “The aim is to hold the event annually and we would like to thank all of our sponsors who have supported us to make this event possible.”

The event starts 12pm.