New cricket season set to start this weekend
The 2022 cricket season is set to get under way this weekend with a full slate of Premier Division and First Division 50 overs matches scheduled for Sunday as the Bermuda Cricket Board will be hoping for third time lucky after two delays already because fields were not ready.
The schedule was only just released to the public today and Steven Douglas, chairman of the cricket committee, is relieved to see the season get set to start.
“There have been challenges with field availability but thanks to our members and their hard work we have been able to overcome that,” Douglas said. “We expect more challenges similar to how the rest of the country is adjusting.
“Many thanks to the cricket committee for their tireless commitment to see that both 50 overs and Twenty20 cricket can be played this season. Having to adjust the schedule multiple times has been a challenge, but I would like to also thank the BCB's administrative assistant, Samantha Robinson, for all those changes.
“I wish all the clubs a successful 2022 season in both formats.”
Three matches will be played in both divisions with Bailey’s Bay, under new coach Gus Logie, beginning their campaign at home to Southampton Rangers in one of the top matches.
St George’s are at home to Somerset at a venue still to be confirmed, as Wellington Oval may not be ready in time, while Willow Cuts will take on St David’s at Somerset Cricket Club in the other match.
In the First Division, Flatts will host Western Stars at Lord’s, PHC are at home to Devonshire Rec at PHC Field and Warwick will meet Cleveland at Southampton Oval.
There is also a match on Saturday, with Somerset Bridge playing the Bermuda Under-19 team at White Hill Field. All the national youth team’s matches will be played on Saturdays to allow the players to turn out for their club teams on Sundays if required.
All the 50-overs matches start at 11am.