Ahhhhh Cup Match, everyone’s favourite summer holiday when the whole of Bermuda grinds to a complete halt for two days to turn its attention to a cricket game.
Cup Match began in July 1902 between the Somerset Cricket Club in the west end and the St. George’s Cricket Club in the east end with venues of the game changing yearly between both clubs. The popularity of the annual game was such that it caused continued absences from employment. As a result, the 2-day public holiday was first introduced in 1947 and has been in effect ever since. Since 1999, a celebration of emancipation is now part of the ritual of the first day of Cup Match, formally renamed Emancipation Day.
Whether your Cup Match plans include boating, camping, picnicking, or going to the game, we hope you have a happy and safe holiday. Happy Cup Match!
Cricket: As explained to a foreigner…
You have two sides, one out in the field and one in. Each man that’s in the side that’s in goes out, and when he’s out he comes in and the next man goes in until he’s out. When they are all out, the side that’s out comes in and the side that’s been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. Sometimes you get men still in and not out.
When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in. There are two men called umpires who stay out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out.
When both sides have been in and all the men have been out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game.