Southampton Rangers to host Crofton-Raynor memorial tournament
Southampton Rangers will host a memorial cricket tournament played in honour of footballer Jason Raynor and cricketer Gary Crofton.
The six-a-side tournament will be held at Southampton Oval on April 30 and will feature ten teams who will battle for $500 in prize money.
The teams will be divided in two groups of five that will play a series of round-robin matches, with the top two from each group advancing to the semi-final.
The tournament is the brainchild of Rangers player-coach Janeiro Tucker, who says the response shown towards the inaugural event has been positive.
“I put an invitation to the clubs to see who was interested and the response has been good,” he said. “I also have received teams from guys wanting to put together teams because Jason and Gary were well known and they just want to play to show support for them.
“Their legacy has to live on at Rangers and in the community. These two guys bled blue and they are a miss at Rangers and in the Southampton area as a whole. Ghost [Raynor] will be a big miss this cricket season; he was a main supporter of our team.”
Proceeds from the tournament will go towards the Jason and Gary Scholarship Fund in aid of those pursuing a trade in electrical or masonry.
“I opened the fund through Bermuda College which you have to apply through and they will select the individuals for the Jason and Gary Fund,” Tucker added.
The former Bermuda captain believes the scholarship programme can help discourage antisocial behaviour among the island’s young people and help them find a career.
“We are losing to much our youths through violence so I feel this can help anyone who wants to learn a trade,” Tucker said.
“Gary was an electrician and Ghost was a maintenance man. So this is about learning a trade and helping people prosper under these two guys, who mean a lot to me and Rangers.”
Cancer sufferer Crofton passed away in 2020 and Raynor died this year from unknown causes.
• For more details on the Jason and Gary Fund, contact 335-8689