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Expectations hit for six?

Six years ago, Dwayne ‘Sluggo’ Leverock was taking a stunning catch for Bermuda against one of the giants of the cricket world, India in the World Cup.

But since then, the Island’s fortunes on the international stage have taken a dreadful turn for the worse despite Government pumping millions of dollars into the sport, with Bermuda losing its ODI status and being relegated to the ICC World Cricket League Division Three, where the team was recently thrashed by Uganda.

At the rate they are going they could soon be playing in ICC Division 4 against the likes of Malaysia and Tanzania — countries not known as cricketing nations and surely without the long cricketing heritage that Bermuda enjoys.

Where has it gone wrong? Was 2007 a one-off, made possible by a group of players the likes of which the Island will not see again? Is it a symptom of a wider social issue? Are the grounds being used for matches simply not good enough to breed and prepare good players?

Or, are our expectations now too high? With the benefit of so much money, have our expectations been blown out of proportion and is this the level at which Bermuda really should be playing?

Street drinks service?

The Chamber of Commerce wants to allow people to buy drinks and consume them in public during Harbour Nights.

And why not? As long as it is properly policed — by the organisers — it will could give a more carnival atmosphere to the event which is being enlarged and enlivened (credit here must go to the Chamber for thinking out of the box a little in order to stimulate retail on the Island.)

There will be some that oppose this, seeing it as a slippery slope towards a general loosening of the alcohol laws in Bermuda, but isn’t it about time? It has always seemed slightly absurd that someone could drink all day in one of the Island’s bars, but could not buy a solitary beer at a shop.

Although not scientific, a poll on www.royalgazette.com showed that of 2,016 people who voted, 71 percent were in favour of allowing stores to sell liquor on Sundays, 27 percent were against and a few did not know.

On Sundays, it can feel like a ghost town in Hamilton. St George’s is virtually already a ghost town. Although a ‘quaint’ law, what on earth does a tourist think about it all?

Would it really hurt that much to allow the sale of alcohol on Sundays?

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Photo that flashed all around the world: Dwayne (Sluggo) Leverock takes a spectacular catch for Bermuda against India in the 2007 World Cup.

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Published April 30, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated April 29, 2013 at 7:32 pm)

Expectations hit for six?

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