Premier David Burt made a presentation to the Somerset Cricket Club at the home of the Cup Match Champions, and he also made another presentation to the St. George's Cricket Club earlier today at the Cabinet office.
"We shall never forget the importance of this annual two-day cricket classic. Cup Match is so much more than a two-day cricket game – it is part of our culture and heritage," said Premier, Burt, at the cheque presentation to the Somerset Cricket Club alongside Minister of Sports Dr. Ernest Peets
"The Government understands that for both Clubs to host Cup Match is a big financial undertaking. We know the clubs rely on the corporate community for sponsorship and support. However, additional funding is required. The government will continue to support both Clubs to recognize the historical and cultural significance of the Cup Match. Today, I am honored to present a cheque for $50,000.00 to the Somerset Cricket Club.
"On behalf of the Government of Bermuda, I commend Vashun Blanchette, President of Somerset Cricket Club and the club officers for their hard work in preparing the grounds in anticipation of the 2022 Cup Match. I also extend best wishes to both cricket teams.”
The Premier alongside the Minister of Sports Dr. Peets, as well as the Wellington Oval area MP Kim Swan was on-hand as Neil Paynter the President of the St. George’s Cricket Club and Romeo Ruddock an Executive Member of the St. George’s Cricket Club were presented a cheque for $25,000.00 to help cover its Cup Match costs.
Premier Burt, said, “$10,000 of the funds were from the Cabinet Office with the same amount donated by Hotelco, developers of the St Regis Bermuda, and fintech insurer Relm Insurance put up the remaining $5,000.”