Richardson honours grandmother’s memory
Dalin Richardson honoured the memory of his late grandmother by taking a superb catch on the first day of this year's Cup Match at Wellington Oval.
The Somerset reserve grabbed St George's batsman Onias Bascome at deep mid-wicket off of the bowling of his cousin Derrick Brangman shortly after his grandmother was taken from the ground by ambulance to hospital where she later died the same day.
“My nana went to the hospital during the game right before I took the catch and I felt like I had to do it for her,” Richardson, the Bermuda Under-19 captain, said. “I just had to fight through it and did everything for her.
“I was pretty excited when the ball came my way, to be honest, because my cousin Derrick Brangman bowled it.”
Jeff Richardson, the Somerset coach, added: “Dalin left here knowing that his grandmother had passed last night (Thursday). He left the team to go to the hospital and stuff and I excused him for the rest of Cup Match.
“Then I got a call from his father saying he's coming back to join the team and he went out there and fielded and took a catch so kudos to that young man.”
Richardson's catch in the St George's first innings earned him the coveted Cup Match Safe Hands Award.
“He is brave young man and under the circumstances being under those conditions I think he deserved it (award),” Somerset coach and former batsman Richardson said.
This year was Richardson's second straight as a reserve for champions Somerset who retained their title after this year's two-day match ended in a draw yesterday.
Richardson said winning the award has done his confidence the world of good.
“I feel a little bit more confident, even when I do get picked for the Cup Match team now that I have this award,” he added. “It definitely helps.”