Hundreds Turn Out for 2021 Cup Match Opening Day

In Bermuda, one question can turn the closest family members and the best of friends into the bitterest of rivals and enemies; at least for a two-day period in late July. The question is: Somerset or St. George’s?

After being cancelled last summer for the first time in its century-long history due to the Coronavirus pandemic, hundreds gathered into Wellington Oval in St. George’s yesterday morning to reignite the rivalry of the East and West during the first day of the 2021 Cup Match Classic.

The day began with some rain. Spectators and fans did not have to wait too long, however, as the first bowl was around 10:30, following the customary welcome and opening prayer. Since St. George’s won the coin toss, they got to bat first and Temiko Wilson hit the first ball followed by St. George’s team captain Oronde Bascome.

There is a lot to do, see, experience and especially taste at Cup Match even for people who may not be into or understand Cricket.

Some of the food and beverage vendors at Wellington Oval include Duch Pops popsicles, J&B’s Wood-Fired Pizza, Sid’s Seafood, Bermuda Pie Factory and Ashley’s Lemonade stand, just to name a few. People who might be feeling lucky can even play the classic dice game Crown and Anchor at one of four tables allowed on the grounds.

Shortly after the first ball, TNN caught up with Premier the Honorable David Burt, who was excited to be celebrating Cup Match once again, after a yearlong hiatus.

“ I’m looking forward to celebrating our culture and to welcoming everyone together to celebrate two wonderful days of Cricket,” Premier Burt said. “ It looks like more and more people are showing up [ here throughout the day] and I would encourage everyone to do so and have a great time.”
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