Masters win Soup’ memorial in a canter
Demonstrating that they still possess some spring in their steps — albeit worn and with less recoil — Bermuda Masters defeated Jamaican Association by six wickets in the Warrington “Soup” Zuill Memorial match at a blustery Sea Breeze Oval, ideal for swing bowling on Sunday.
A colourful sight greeted those in attendance, as the Masters side took to the field wearing multiple jerseys comprising the fluorescent team colours of an alternate league set up some years ago by son Hoyt Zuill, which never really gained traction.
Nevertheless, the gathered crowd were treated to a spectacle from cricket’s yesteryear as the likes of Charlie Marshall, Ricky Hill, Sammy Robinson and Rahji Edness turned back the clock on their careers. And as the dust settled, it was Edness who stood as the day’s batting star, scoring a boundary-laden 40 to secure the match after coming in at No 4 with the outcome delicately balanced.
Earlier, though, it was Hill who led the charge in the field, seizing three wickets for 13 runs from his three-step medium pace and ultimately claiming the prize as the best bowler, as the Masters limited the Jamaican team to a fraction more than four runs per over.
D. Aununa led Jamaican Association with 35 at the top of the order, while Aaron Adams was next with 19 and No 3 bat Dean Richards tallied 18.
Aiding Hill in the bowling department was former Bailey’s Bay team-mate Charlie Marshall, who likewise took three wickets, his coming at a cost of 37 runs.
After Dave Greenidge, who made 37, and Sammy Robinson, with 20, put on a near half-century opening partnership, the Masters lost their way, as a mini-collapse ensued, but the introduction of Edness made all the difference. He showed his skill particularly through the leg side, pulling and hooking at will, he and Derek Wright taking the side safely past the posted total of their opponents.
Colin Stuart led the Jamaican Association bowling with three for 34 from five overs.
After the match, several prizes and awards made of fine crystal were handed out by Hoyt Zuill, a fine left-arm swing bowler in his own right during his playing days.
“I’m pleased with how the match came off; everyone played in good spirit and in the manner which my father would have loved,” he said. “He always stressed the need to play hard and in the right manner, and you saw that today.”
Meanwhile, grandson Aljame Zuill, better known for his footballing exploits, but also a capable cricketer, echoed the older Zuill’s sentiments, saying: “He [Soup] told me to play right and just enjoy the game, and I had a blast out there today. It was fun to play with these guys, these legends of the game, and honour my granddad.”
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