Cricket in Bermuda
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Cup Match. Among Bermuda cricket aficianados, Cup Match in late July or early August is the summer sporting event, played over two days. The top players from around the island compete in two teams: the East End team and the West End team. Although the match is taken very seriously, the event itself is a real festival, complete with plenty of Bermudian food and music. Cup Match coincides with two national holidays, Emancipation Day and Somers' Day. Emancipation Day is the celebration of the passing of the Slavery Abolition Act in 1834, which freed Bermuda's slaves, and Somers' Day celebrates Admirel Sir George Somers discovering Bermuda, which led to its settlement in 1609. Cup Match is Bermuda's only venue for legal gambling, the Crown & Anchor tent is pitched at the field each year. Thousands of picnickers and partyers show up during the two-day match. Although the players wear only white, fans wear colors to support their team—blue on blue represents the East End and navy on red represents the West End.
General admission tickets are available each day at the stadium entrance and give visitors free rein to spectate, gamble, and explore the grounds and food tents. Drink tickets are also available inside the venue. The venue alternates each year Although die-hard cricket fans tend to stake out bleacher seats closest to the action, most locals don't stay put for the entire match. As the day wears on, the party moves to the elaborate, multi-tiered scaffolding structure that is erected around the playing field. Though some sections are VIP-only, the rest is open to the public and a great place to watch the game below. www.bermudacricketboard.com.
Bermuda Cricket Board. The Bermuda Cricket Board was founded in 1938 and is in charge of scheduling, game regulations, and player development. Visit the BCB's website to learn more about their history, review past and upcoming events, and much more. 441/292–8958. www.bermudacricketboard.com.
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