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.
(l-r) Alex Knight, Emmerson Carrington, James McKirdy, Steven Caines and Melvin Best.
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
Anthony “Sony” Roberts
Eugene “Buck’ Woods
St. Clair “Brinky” Tucker
Clyde “Tango” Burgess
Erskine “Cho” Smith
Roderick “Ken” Pitcher
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Anthony “Sony” Roberts