The following statement was released on Wednesday (July 27) by Premier David Burt…
Cup Match is my favourite Bermuda tradition. It is a celebration of our culture and our history. Bermudians unite to experience the best traditional cuisine, enjoy seeing friends and family and look forward to two days of exciting cricket between Somerset and St. George’s.
This unique sporting holiday owes its origins to a celebration of the abolition of slavery in Bermuda. As we reflect on the sacrifice of our ancestors, it is a source of considerable pride to see their legacy fulfilled year after year through the continued tradition that is now truly a “Classic”.
My family and I look forward to joining in the festive atmosphere with all of Bermuda, and we hope you and your family enjoy this special time of year. The excitement that builds in the weeks before the Match has been played can be seen in the proud display of team colours across the Island. The Cup Match spirit is alive and well!
In the midst of the celebrations of Cup Match I want to encourage everyone to be safe. Look out for one another on the roads, on the water and at the various events over the holiday weekend.
Hosting and participating in Cup Match takes months of preparation and endless hours of planning. I offer my sincere thanks to the Executive, selectors, coaches, players, umpires and ground staff of both host Somerset Cricket Club and challengers St. George’s Cricket Club.
On behalf of the Government of Bermuda, I wish both teams the best of luck and look forward to seeing two days of great cricket!
Happy Emancipation Day, Happy Mary Prince Day, and Happy Cup Match!