I doubt if we have ever previously published a "recent" photo in our "Who, Where and When" column but we decided to make an exception in this case. We wanted to know the identity of these 5 gentlemen, also where and when the photo was taken, and what exactly do these guys all have in common in addition to wearing the same shirts.

To assist you we provided a second photo, together with a third photo showing the group celebrating, with one other person, at a well known and very popular restaurant after a job well done.  

The answer to our first question is that these five gentlemen were the officials for Cup Match in 2018, and they included two serving police officers, Inspector Emmerson Carrington and Sgt. Melvin Best, together with a former policeman, James "Jimmy" McKirdy. 

The second photo captures a unique occasion when the two serving police officers, Emmerson Carrington and Melvin Best took to the field to umpire Cup Match 2019 at which time they became the first two police officers to umpire Cup Match together.  You can see the Cup Match colours behind Emmerson and Melvin, but we can assure you that they are and were completely neutral!

The third photo shows the officiating team relaxing and enjoying a celebratory post-match drink, together with another former police officer, Richard Austin who has also officiated as an umpire at Cup Match.       

Emmerson, Melvin and James all attended a very special reception held at the Officers Mess on 2nd October 2019 (see article on our website at  http://expobermuda.com/index.php/lia/777-opening-of-bps-museum  ) for the official opening of a new Police History museum. One of the main exhibits in the new museum is the cricket gear of the legendary cricketer Edward "Bosun" Swainson who was the first man to score a century in Cup Match as a young policeman, and he also became the first black Bermudian to be promoted to the rank of Inspector.   Also in attendance at the reception were a number of former police officers who played in Cup Match, and in this regard, we are compiling a list of all those police fficers who have ever played or officiated in Cup Match.  

Below the photos you will find a list of those police officers we know who have played or officiated in Cup Match, but we may have missed some names so please check through the list and let us know if we may have missed anyone.

Team of officials for Cup Match 2018
(l-r) Alex Knight, Emmerson Carrington, James McKirdy, Steven Caines and Melvin Best.
 Inspector Emmerson Carrington and Sgt Melvin Best made history in 2018
when they became the first two police officers to stand as Cup Match umpires together
 Post Cup Match celebration at Wahoo Restaurant
(l-r)  Melvin Best, James McKirdy, Richard Austin,
Alex Knight, Emmerson Carrington and Steven Caines

Please contact us if you know of any police officers other than those listed below who have ever played or officiated in Cup Match:-



Edward “Bosun” Swainson
Arthur Simons*
Ambrose Simons*
Austin Simons*
Elliott Simons*
O’brien Simons*
Anthony “Sony” Roberts
Eugene “Buck’ Woods
Marcus Packwood
Neville Darrell, 
Campbell Simons, 
St. Clair “Brinky” Tucker
Clyde “Tango” Burgess
Erskine “Cho” Smith
Adrian King
Roderick “Ken” Pitcher
Robert Hinds
Tyrone Smith
Stevie Lightbourne
Richard Basden
Peter Philpott
Dwayne Leverock


Anthony “Sony” Roberts
George Garrod
Norrell Hull
Richard Austin
Emmerson Carrington
Melvin Best
James McKirdy

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#5 MarkBothello 2019-10-04 20:31
Inspector Emmerson Carrington, Constable.(Rich ard) Austin and ex Constable Steven Caines who is a retired Sergeant with the Bermuda Fire Service. Thats all I can add.

Editors note - Spot on with three of the men in the restaurant, but what were they all doing?
#4 terry 2019-10-04 13:20
Quoting terry:
And the answer is?

Editors note - It works this way Terry. I publish the photo and our readers try to provide the answers.

I only asked because it (the post) had been up for so long and no replies.

Christ; I can't be that bad.
Never mind.

Editors note - I usually give it a couple of weeks to see if anyone knows the answers. It canlt be all that bad!
#3 Phil Taylor 2019-10-04 09:50
I believe that it is all connected to Umpiring, as Jimmy McKirdy, I think, was the Match Referee at this year's Cup-Match and the dining experience is at Wahoo's in St George's. I recognise Jimmy and is it Richard Austin in that photo, but the names of the other guys escape me!

Editors note - Spot on Phil. They have all officiated in Cup Match. Richard Austin is a past Cup Match umpire as were Anthony "Sony" Roberts and George Garrod.

The five man standing together were the officials for the 2019 Cup Match with two of them being umpires and one, James McKirdy was Match Manager for this year's Cup Match and has stood as third umpire several times. Can anyone pick out the other two men in this photo who stood as umpires this year and both have a combined claim to fame?!
#2 mike cherry 2019-10-01 12:33
cricket umpires.
an endangered species.
#1 terry 2019-09-28 13:28
And the answer is?

Editors note - It works this way Terry. I publish the photo and our readers try to provide the answers.

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