BELIZE CITY , Wed. May 5, 2021– To all you lovers of cricket, players and fans, after a year ’ s break from our games due to the dreadful pandemic, the continuation of last year’s season starts up again. Thanks to you all who continue to follow protocols, we’ve got a little breather.
Under the auspices of the Belize National Cricket Association (BNCA), these are the scheduled matches for this weekend, May 8th and 9th, sponsored by Bowen and Bowen Company, bottlers of Belikin and other drinks.
Before I get into specifics, I must mention that this past week was a very sad one for me. I lost one of my brothers, Charles William Young (Bill). Then one of my other brothers, his son Cpl. Melbourne Hill also passed away. May their souls rest in peace!
Continuing with the matches:
On Saturday, May 8, Level Two – Brilliant vs Rural Mix at Landing; Suga Boys vs Western Eagles at Lords Bank.
On Sunday, May 9, Level One – Bandits vs Berlan at Lords Bank.
Now, the winner of this match will go on to the championship series against Summer Fever, while the loser gets 3rd place.
These matches are set to play but under the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Wellness. All protocols will be adhered to. No food will be allowed to sell on the grounds. NO FANS, SUPPORTERS OR SPECTATORS WILL BE ALLOWED. Now, I know that it will be very hard to keep one from coming and look on. But you must remember you’re on your own. If so, wear your mask and stay a distance from others. Let’s be alert and stay safe.
For more information, please feel free to contact the president of the association.
That’s all for this week, folks. Have a wonderful and safe weekend!
(AMANDALA Sports Ed. Note: Sincere condolences on your loss, Sir Pete! Aside from the Ministry of Health protocols for all Belizeans, the BNCA has a special 10-point “Draft Playing Protocols for Cricket Competition 2021” which lists the do’s and don’t’s for players, scorers and umpires during the course of each cricket match; and point #10 specifically addresses the matter of spectators thusly: “In case spectators are permitted, no more than ten spectators should congregate together in one location. Spectators should not be allowed to touch the gears of a team including balls. They must also maintain social distancing and wear a mask.”
Nevertheless, in anticipation of the resumption of cricket this weekend, the BNCA released the following “Notice to all cricket fans/supporters/ spectators” which states: “1. Fans, supporters, spectators are NOT allowed at cricket games; 2. All players and support staff at games must wear a mask, social distance, and wash hands/sanitize regularly; 3. Games will be scored on the CricHeroes App; 4. No food and drinks will be sold on the cricket grounds.”)