First it was off and now it’s on “following further dialogue after key stakeholders” Somerset Cricket Club pulled the switch on their decision and “agreed to participate in the 2021 edition of the annual Cup Match Classic”.
 
In a statement released last night, the club confirmed reports circulating since last weekend that SCC rescinded their decision not to play in the two-day classic at Wellington Oval on July 29 and 30.
 
Most importantly, following the initial decision, team staff and the pool of players eligible for selection collectively determined that they wish to play for the people of Bermuda,” the club said.
 
“This admirable position taken is to be commended, noting the sacrifices that will be made by all parties over the next five weeks and notwithstanding the challenges some may have encountered over the past year.

“Somerset Cricket Club acknowledges that Cup Match represents the history of a people, resilience through adversity and hope beyond the pandemic.”

In closing, the club’s Executive and Management said: “Somerset Cricket Club wishes to thank the St George’s Cricket Club, Cup Match fans island-wide and sponsors for their understanding as we navigated through this sensitive matter.”

For the first time in the 119-year history of the two-day event, at this point in time, only 4,000 spectators will be allowed to attend the match which will be a SafeKey event. To get through the gate you have to be vaccinated or produce a negative COVID test result 72 hours prior to the event.

Once that process is cleared, spectators will be allowed to move around freely but masks must be worn when mobile.

Details on tickets, viewing plots and concession stands will be announced in due course.