Day #1 in Bermuda for Cup Match Week. July 26 – 31, 2011.

ST. GEORGE’S, BERMUDA. St. George’s Cricket Club bowler Stefan Kelly (above) views the pitch during practice at the St. George’s Cricket Club in St. George’s, Bermuda on Tuesday, July 26, 2011. The annual two – day Cup Match Cricket Tournament between St. George’s and Somerset begins Thursday. ©

I have been waiting nearly 10 years to see, experience and cover Cup Match here in Bermuda. The week’s festivities and celebratory atmosphere were all I ever heard about from Bermudians during my numerous trips here to the island. It is already shaping up to be a wonderful week for making images. Stay tuned… ~cg

St. George’s will host Somerset in the annual two-day cricket tournament known as Cup Match beginning Thursday. Cup Match was introduced after the abolition of slavery in Bermuda. Men from Somerset and St. George’s met in a friendly rivalry and held celebrations of Emancipation by holding annual picnics to mark the anniversary of the abolition of slavery. One of the highlights from the picnics was a friendly cricket match played between lodges from the east and west ends of the island. In 1901, during a cricket match between two major Friendly Societies, an agreement was made to play for an annual trophy. Members of the Friendly Societies and Lodges raised funds and in 1902 a silver cup that was played for annually was introduced.

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