St George’s Captain: “We Will Win The Cup”

July 28, 2015

[Written by Don Burgess]

First-time St. George’s Cup Match captain OJ Pitcher made a bold prediction that not only will his team win the Cup, they will do it by 5:30pm on the second day.

The skipper knows his squad has to bowl out Somerset twice and believes he has enough fresh faces to last well into Friday to get a triumphant win at Wellington Oval.

The squad returns just five players from last year’s team and both the captain and vice captain George O’Brien are new.

“It’s a great honour to be captain for St. George’s,” Pitcher said. “It shows the faith they have in me.”

Pitcher added the fact that he doesn’t play for the club team in the league ramps up the belief St. George’s has placed in him. It’s that same belief he places in the rest of the team to produce a victory.

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“We have a great chance. We have guys that have come in [to the team] that can do the job that second day. That was our only downfall last year. We have guys like Stefan Kelly, Damali Bell, and Kyle Hodsell who can bowl all day.

“Kyle was with us last year but that was a batting wicket and this year it will be more of a bowling wicket.”

The skipper also had high praise fast bowler O’Brien and feels the two will be in sync to help produce a winner for St. George’s.

“We’re very close friends off the field. George knows the game and is a student of the game. He knows his stuff. He will be the perfect vice captain.”

Pitcher said even though there has been a lot of rain over the past week, if the next few days produce clear skies, the wicket should deliver for them.

“If we get the sun, we’ll be all right,” he said. “If we get the weather we want the rest of today and tomorrow, we’ll have the wicket we want on Thursday. Hopefully, the rain will hold off.”

If they win the coin toss, the weather will also determine if St. George’s bats or fields.

“I have in mind what I want to do and have been in talks with a few of the coaches. There are still a few things I want to finalize but on the day we will make a final decision, but that all depends on the weather.”

He said the batting order has been set, barring some unforeseen injury during the game.

He said the pressure of being a first time captain trying to win the Cup back hasn’t bothered him at all.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge. I ‘m used to it. I’ve been to used to many pressure situations, not just in Cup Match as a player but as captain of my team St. David’s in the regular league. It’s a challenge I am willing to take on.”

He said in order for St. George’s to claim victory the bowling has to be spot on and they have to take the catches when they are there.

“We have to take 20 wickets, everyone knows that, but we also have to take our chances. There are certain guys on that team we can’t give a second chance to get a big score.

“But cricket is played on the field and we are definitely ready for these guys. We’ll have the Cup on 5:30pm on the second day.”

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  1. good guy says:

    What on EARTH would make him think St. Georges will win….This is absolutely absurd… It is absolutely NO WAY St. Georges will win

    • HOTDOG says:

      WHY NOT

    • Kim Smith says:

      psych!! got you! haha

    • Toleratate says:

      ???? So the Captain should say “we have no chance?” Your joking right? right? Come on say your pulling my leg?

  2. Maddog says:

    It’s called confidence fool!!!!!

  3. Somerset!!!!! says:

    Red-N-Blue for Life

  4. D says:

    I’m hoping st.Georges will win

  5. skinnydipper says:

    St Geo has the team more than capable to win this Cup back..upset and make a great game….Go St George’s….

  6. No diss but ST George’s is just not strong enough as a team and players are to weak and fragile

  7. Midnite says:

    You have to be on the friends and family plan to have a chance to play on the St.Georges team

  8. gwan says:

    West is the best is going to kick east is the least a** .!!!!

  9. Blue & Blue says:

    Here’s some food for thought…..As loyal as I am to St.George’s, I think the team that has been selected this year is too weak, so much so that I believe that if they were to bring guys like Clevie Wade, Charlie Marshall, Clay Smith, Allen Richardson, Arnold Manders back even today, they would beat the team that St.George’s has selected. No disrespect intended, it’s just that the discipline needed to play at that high level for two days is lacking today.

  10. Dread says:

    Hope it rains both days!

  11. Ladeej says:

    It’s great to see such a positive attitude and determination in our Captain. Well said, OJ! I am looking forward to a great game, with a St George’s victory!

    • Betty Boop says:

      Me too. GOOOOOOOO ST. GEROGE’SSSSSSSS…….get those Somerset people !!!!

  12. me says:

    Haha. Nice joke.

  13. live and maintain says:

    St. Georges ain’t wining nothing. The only cup they’re gonna get is a solo cup

  14. Scooby says:

    I am a St. Georges fan. I am not sure if we have strong enough team to get a win over Somerset’s team. So once again I think the cup will be heading West but we will see. I just want a good game of cricket no matter what.

    • Build a Better Bermuda says:

      I too wish for a stronger St. G team, over the last couple of years, the weather has been putting up more of a challenge for Somerset than St. G. As much as I love to see the up go west, I would love it to be from a good cricket match too.

      • PBanks says:

        Sadly, in the end I don’t think we really got that good game of cricket. The batting was somewhat of a letdown, although the bowling and fielding were of an ok standard.

        That said, there was a result, and that will please the casual fans.

  15. Islander says:

    Speaking de truth Captain cuz Warriors walk by faith We have a great captain and his sidekick bowl um out GJ. I see JT’s middle stump laid back QUACK

    Cuz they all gotta go all gotta go

  16. SOMERSET FAN says:

    So it sounds like your playing with a draw with that weak St. Georges team…..The Cup WILL be heading back WEST!!!!!!!!

  17. Cant wait says:

    We in St G do have a spinner. I have seen Fique Crockwell bowl spin for St Davids…