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History of cricket in Bermuda

The first recorded cricket match played in Bermuda was on August 30, 1844. The Bermuda Cricket Club was formed a year later in 1845 and a number of international matches were played, however it was not until post World War II that the popularity of cricket strengthened. It was at this time, in 1948 that the Somers Isles Cricket League amalgamated with the Bermuda Cricket Club to form the Bermuda Cricket Board of Control, which became the current Bermuda Cricket Board in 2003. Bermuda became an Associate member of the ICC in 1966.

International Competition

Since becoming an Associate member of the ICC, the Bermuda national team has competed in a wide range of international competitions including the ICC Trophy, a competition which was proposed by Alma Hunt, the Bermudian delegate to the ICC, and arguably Bermuda's most famous cricketer.

Notable achievements of the national team are reaching the semifinals of the ICC Intercontinental Cup in 2005 and winning the ICC Americas Cup in 2006. Bermuda also played and won its first ODI in May 2006, only the fourth country to have done so. The greatest achievement of the Bermuda national team, however, came on July 7, 2005 when the team from a country with a population of just 60,000 qualified for the Cricket World Cup 2007.

Individual achievements include the current national captain, Irving Romaine, scoring Bermuda's first century in an ODI in August 2006. Also of note was David Hemp, who in partnership with Saleem Mukuddem scored a record 247 not out during an ICC Intercontinental Cup game against the Netherlands. At the time this was the highest score in the history of the competition, but the record stood only until the Netherlands' next match when Ryan ten Doeschate scored 259 not out. In 2008 Dwayne Leverock was named in the ICC Intercontinental Cup All-Star team. In the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier, David Hemp scored the most runs in the tournment with 557 in 7 innings. Stephen Outerbridge came second scoring 365 in 7 innings.

The Bermuda U19 team qualified for the U19 CWC in Malaysia, 2008. The highlight for the Bermuda team was the game in which they beat Ireland in the first round (Bermuda 221/9 and Ireland 201 all out). Rodney Trott made 64 runs and Christopher Douglas got 5 for 40 in 10 overs.

Domestic Competition

Despite having a short season, the BCB facilitates a 50 overs competition for all club sides. A Twenty20 tournament also exists along with a number of other historical competitions, including the annual Knock-out Cup and the BELCO Cup. The highlight of the domestic season is the Cup Match Classic, a two-day cricket game that pits the best players from the east against those from the west of the island. The Cup Match Classic is celebrated with a two-day national holiday which has a carnival type atmosphere.

Development program

The BCB has developed a strong junior cricket program, which offers a clear pathway for both competitive and recreational cricket. Since 2005 the BCB has seen significant increases in the number of children playing cricket at primary, secondary and high school levels as well as an expanding youth league featuring 8&Under, 11&Under, 14&Under and 17&Under cricket for boys and girls and a Pee Wee Program catering for 4-7 year olds.

The BCB has also developed an important life-skills component to all our programs which provides a clear pathway for players to progress from the age of 5 through to the senior level and diverting Bermuda's at risk-youth from crime and anti-social behavior through cricket. Our programs are developed to teach resilience, self esteem and social skills and provides players with positive role models and mentors out of school and promotes healthy living and life-skills that buffer children from problem behaviors.

The BCB National Academy (BCBNA) has grown both in numbers and in popularity with the addition of a comprehensive youth mentorship program, elite training camps and an international tour to the UK for both the U13 and U15 age-groups. In 2012 the BCB was extremely excited to partner with YouthNet to integrate their Sports Mentoring Program into our current National Academy Syllabus.

A critical part of the BCB development plan is the improvement in infrastructure development to assist the local clubs to improve their facilities and club management. Since 2005, the BCB has provided clubs with over one million dollars for pitch covers, net facilities, artificial pitches and rollers. In 2012 and as part of the BCB's continuing efforts to assist member clubs and to improve domestic pathways and opportunities, the BCB offered ICC Cricket Administration courses in Governance, Financial Management and Effective Meetings. These courses offered an excellent opportunity for clubs to strengthen their organization and structure.

Women's Cricket

Women's cricket in Bermuda is still in the development stage. In March, 2008, the newly formed Women's team took part in the ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier in South Africa for the first time. This was a historic tournament for the team to compete in especially since they formed only two years prior to this. The tournament was a real eye opener for many of the members who were able to experience international cricket at a highly competitive level. After the ICC Women's World Cup Qualifiers in South Africa, the Women's Development Programme has gone through a restructuring process. New players have been recruited and many of the more senior players have progressed into coaching and are giving back by working in our youth programmes.

The BCB has also strongly encouraged as many girls as possible to start playing cricket. The schools have all-girls inter-school tournament each year and girls are encouraged to compete in our Youth Leagues. In 2008 the U16 Girls Development Team was formed. In August 2012, the BCB held its first ever BCBNA U16 Girls Clinic. The week long clinic saw girls ranging in age from 7yrs to 16yrs participating in cricket skills and drills along with fitness and nutritional education. The girls were provided with a holistic program that included: technical, tactical & psychological skill development; physiological assessment and fitness training; and personal and life-skill development which included nutrition education and team building exercises. The camp culminated in a double wicket tournament played on a turf wicket where the girls were able to put their improved skills to the test. For some of the girls this was the first time they had ever been given the opportunity to play on turf and they relished the opportunity. We have already had two of the squad members represent Bermuda at the Senior National Women's level in the 2012 Americas Championship and hope by giving these opportunities more will follow in their footsteps realizing that cricket is indeed an enjoyable sport for girls in Bermuda.

Charity work

The BCB uses a number of domestic tournaments to raise money for local charities. The BCB National Academy as a community service component in which all National Academy players must complete a community service activity both as a team and an individual.