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Somerset’s Victory Fifth Largest Win In History

Somerset’s Victory Fifth Largest Win In History

[Written by Don Burgess] Somerset’s innings and 34 runs victory is the fifth largest win in Cup Match history.It was the third time Somerset has won by an innings and runs with the other two harkening back to the 1940s. If it wasn’t for a 97-run ninth wicket partnership of between Onias Bascome and Zeko Burgess, Somerset might have had the most... Read more of this article

Minister: Historical Significance Of Cup Match

Minister: Historical Significance Of Cup Match

“Bermuda can take pride in the fact that our Cup Match tradition has been sustained for well over a century,” Minister of Social Development and Sports Michael Weeks said, as he spoke about the historical importance and significance of Cup Match, in particular its connections to emancipation of slaves in Bermuda.Speaking in the House of... Read more of this article

Min. Burch: Governor Should Not Present Cup

Min. Burch: Governor Should Not Present Cup

Noting that the first day of Cup Match is Emancipation Day, Minister of Public Works Lt/Col David Burch said that the Governor should not be invited to present the Cup at Cup Match, explaining to Parliament that he has told Somerset Cricket Club this and made it a precondition to fixing a wall. Speaking in the House of Assembly, Minister Burch said,... Read more of this article

Video: Heritage Productions’ Cup Match Awards

Video: Heritage Productions’ Cup Match Awards

Heritage Productions hosted the 13th Annual Emancipation Cup Match Awards Dinner on Thursday night [July 27] at the St. George’s Cricket Club.The 2017 honourees from Somerset included Perry Maybury, Stevie Lightbourne, Andre Manders and Richard Basden. St George’s honourees included Clay Smith, Dean Minors, Dale Fox and Eugene Foggo. A special... Read more of this article

Cup Match Infographic Highlights Statistics

Cup Match Infographic Highlights Statistics

An infographic produced by Rhiannon Fox is helping to shed some light on Cup Match statistics throughout its history, highlighting the winning team, their margin of victory, and much more. Ms. Fox said she did the graphic — which provides a wealth of information — as a social non-profit piece. There are a few full size public posters [24"x36"]... Read more of this article

Video: Highlighting “The Story Of Cup Match”

Video: Highlighting “The Story Of Cup Match”

Boasting a long and colourful history, Cup Match offers a story of competition, rivalry, and celebration, with a video titled “The Story of Cup Match” highlighting the holiday’s past. The video was made by producer Milton Raposo at Method Media, a Bermuda video production company, who said: “Bermuda’s Cup Match holiday... Read more of this article

Column: Man Who Made The Greatest Impact

Column: Man Who Made The Greatest Impact

[Opinion column written by Terry Lister] Anyone who knows me knows that I am as much a diehard Somerset fan as there can be. Nothing could ever change that. When you grow up in the Sixties under the lash of a Cal” Bummy” Symonds led team of Cup Match all stars you could never find a reason today to leave your team!! I can remember going... Read more of this article

Column: The Beginnings Of Cup Match In 1835

Column: The Beginnings Of Cup Match In 1835

[Opinion column written by Larry Burchall] Cup Match’s history gives insights into old Bermuda while showing much about modern Bermuda. Originally, Cup Match involved only black Bermudians. It started in August 1835 with recently freed black Bermudian slaves taking an unofficial day off work to celebrate their August 1st 1834 Emancipation. Taking... Read more of this article

Burchall On The History Behind Cup Match

Burchall On The History Behind Cup Match

[Written by Larry Burchall] Bermuda’s Cup Match holiday is an historic occasion of global importance because it represents, in a sense, the world’s longest strike. That first labour withdrawal happened on 1st August 1835. Exactly one year after Emancipation Day 1834. On 1st August 1835, as far as is known, thousands of Bermuda’s ex-slaves, now... Read more of this article

25 Cup Match Cricket Classic Facts

25 Cup Match Cricket Classic Facts

In the late 1880’s it was a common practice to hold a cricket match during the Emancipation Day celebrations. The informal game grew into the official Cup Match Classic that we know today. Below follows 25 facts about the Classic:The first formal game was played on June 12,1902 and St. George’s won by 7 wicketsThe first draw was in 1907The... Read more of this article

Col. Burch: Emancipation, 21st Century Version

Col. Burch: Emancipation, 21st Century Version

[Opinion piece written by Lt. Col. David Burch] The enduring nature of the holiday we call Emancipation Day is proof of just how important an event it really was. In a very British fashion no war accompanied the freedom of the slaves in the Colonies. In some cases it took months for news of the Proclamation granting slaves their freedom to reach... Read more of this article

Cup Match: History Behind The Holiday

Cup Match: History Behind The Holiday

[Written by Larry Burchall] Cup Match began as a day off to celebrate Emancipation Day 1st August 1834, the day when all slaves in Bermuda were freed. One year on ex-slaves who were now employed as paid workers simply did not turn up for work on 1st August 1835. They stayed off work and celebrated. Amongst black ex-slave Bermudians, the practice of... Read more of this article