ONE OF BERMUDA’S MOST POPULAR SPORTS TAKES CENTRE STAGE DURING THE MUCH-ANTICIPATED BERMUDA CUP MATCH CRICKET FESTIVAL HELD EVERY YEAR. For a thorough immersion in Bermudian sport and culture, you really can’t go wrong with Cup Match. Held at the end of July or beginning of August every year, the cricket tournament is easily Bermuda’s biggest event. For the uninitiated it is quite an experience to watch the whole island virtually shut down for two days as the residents take a holiday to follow the action live or on television. Much like baseball, cricket is a game played between two teams who take turns at bat and turns at trying to score runs. Given its English origins, the game has a long history in Bermuda. The Bermuda Cricket Club was formed in 1845, and Cup Match was established in 1902. The event proved to be so popular that many residents missed work to watch it, so in 1947 two public holidays were officially enacted to accommodate it. The first day is Emancipation Day and officially marks the end of slavery on the island. The second is Somers’ Day and celebrates Admiral Sir George Somers’ discovery of Bermuda in 1609. Whilst 15,000 spectators gather at the field where St. George’s Cricket Club battles it out against Somerset Cricket Club, many more simply join the activities taking place around the stadium or set up tents and tables throughout the island. A number of public spaces — including beaches and parks at Chaplin Bay, Ferry Point, Higgs and Horseshoe Islands, and Coney Island — are designated as event areas, and thousands gather to celebrate. Others simply park themselves wherever there is enough grass or sand to place a cooler and a few chairs. The 2015 Cup Match is scheduled for July 30 and 31. Since the match is always held on a Thursday and Friday, festivities often begin the Wednesday prior and carry on well into the weekend. Visit bermudacupmatch.com for more information.
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