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We might have won, but we didn’t play well

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This week we take a quick look back at Cup Match while also discussing what could be the game of the season between St George’s and St David’s. The Smith family has been waiting for this game all season, as Wendell and I go head to head as coaches for the first time. Unfortunately, both of us would have loved to still be undefeated, but that isn’t the case. This game however could decide who wins the title. If St David’s pull off the win then the title race is all but over. If St George’s win it blows the title race wide open again. Could this game emulate the great Cup Match we just witnessed?

Cup Match! Cup Match! Cup Match! That was without a doubt one of the most exciting Cup Matches I have ever witnessed. The Bermuda public demanded a victory and your demands produced more than even I thought possible.

What you saw was two teams battling from ball one to the very last ball. The game could have gone either way, however, at the end of the day the current champions stood firm and held their nerve under immense pressure, showing once again how they have managed to dominate Cup Match over the last decade.

From a coach’s perspective I was ecstatic that we won, but not pleased at all with my team’s performance. This is a game that we should have buried Somerset and we didn’t. We allowed them to build momentum and kept them believing they had a chance. A lot of lessons were learned over the two days. Overall I give my team a B- for their performance.

In the end the sign of a true champion is when you can play bad and still find a way to win and that’s exactly what St George’s managed to do. There is a saying: “You were born to win, but to be a winner you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.”

Unfortunately, due to lack of knowledge, many spectators, radio host etc, have been saying Cup Match ended in a draw, which is far from the truth. The scoreboard posted the winning total of 148, as Somerset’s score was 147. Therefore, when Lionel hit that last four to take St George’s total to 148 that secured the WIN for St George’s. Years ago they used to post the team’s total, which in this case would have been 147, but as time has moved on things have changed.

Tonight St George’s will have their victory march starting at 6.30pm from the Town Square to St George’s Cricket Club, to be followed by the Cup Match presentation. I encourage all St George’s supporters to come and join in the celebration. Bring your torches, drums anything to make noise, and let’s show our players that we appreciate the performance they displayed for us. Also, to all you fans out there who were so demanding of my players to get a victory I now want to be demanding of you. Feel free to donate a prize or prizes to your favorite player or players and show your appreciation to them for a stunning victory. You can drop it to the club anytime today.

With Cup Match over the focus is back on league cricket with St David’s and St George’s about to clash in one of the biggest derby games of the season on Sunday at Wellington Oval. St David’s has an abundance of talent at their disposal and have dominated league play thus far. Their only hiccup was losing to Willow Cuts. They have since redeemed that loss and inflicted revenge by hammering them by eight wickets, just last weekend. Now if they can defeat the St George’s team who suffered an embarrassing defeat last weekend, the league title will be practically wrapped up.

St George’s on the other hand will be looking to silence their neighbors because of the ongoing competitive rivalry. St George’s have been the surprise team of the season as they currently sit in second place. St George’s is a team with fewer recognized “Big Names”, but they are a tight unit who work hard on the field, and play intelligent cricket. Unfortunately, Dean Minors is off the Island for this clash and a few other key players will also be unavailable.

Wendell and I have different coaching styles, but our goals and expectations are the same. Wendell is one of the most complete coaches around. In the past he was without a doubt Bermuda’s best coach as he helped transform St George’s to the best cricket team Bermuda had seen for decades. I call him Mr. Perfectionist, as he expects nothing but the best from his players. His coaching has been a revelation for St David’s as this same team finished a disappointing fifth place last year.

If there is one team St David’s fear it is St George’s. St George’s on their day can beat any team, but as of late have shown signs of inconsistency. I can recall St David’s bowling St George’s out for an all time low of 28 runs one weekend, and then losing to St George’s the very next weekend. Derby matches are usually unpredictable in any sport and this match is no exception.

I encourage you all to come and witness one of the biggest derby matches we have locally. Bragging rights are up for grabs and so is the league title. Cup Match was good, but this could be even better.

Cup Match: One of the best games Clay Smith has ever seen.

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Published August 05, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated August 05, 2011 at 9:56 am)

We might have won, but we didn’t play well

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