WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1: Can you name all the father and son combinations who have played in Cup Match? How about all the brothers who have played?

Cup Match historian Charles Brown needs the public’s help in fleshing out more of the history of the great game.

Family connections to the Classic is just one of the areas Mr Brown is hoping to enrich the statistical records with. 

Mr Brown took over doing the statistics after long-time archivist Tommy Aitcheson left Bermuda to live in the US. Mr Brown said he got involved with trying to update the Cup match records due to the efforts of Warrington ‘Soup’ Zuill who felt someone needed to pick up the slack after Mr Aitcheson left.

“Soup called a few guys and said to us it was very important to maintain the Cup Match heritage as far as the record keeping was concerned.

“I asked Tommy if he would mind if I would assume the responsibility for maintaining the records.

He said both Mr Zuill and Mr Aitcheson “helped pave the way for me to do what I’m doing.

 “It would be difficult to say with certainty that every number is solid. Tommy was keeping manual records so some would be typed and some were handwritten. 

“I took what I got from him at face value.”

Mr Brown said since he took over he’s tried adding some categories to make it more interesting but there a few things that can not be found solely in the scoresheets.

He said he plans on writing to both Somerset and St George’s to see if he can have access to earlier records. 

“The current records don’t show who has captured 10 wickets in a match and that is a major statistical milestone — that’s like scoring a century. 

“If I could have access to the scoresheets then I could spend some time addressing all of that.

“I am also interested in some of the father-son combinations; I’d like to know who all the umpire were; The oldest and youngest colts to play Cup Match. 

“There are different pieces of data out there, the Bermudian public can help populate. They can help contribute.”

Mr Brown said: “I was never much of a cricketer. I played a tiny bit but I was never that good. I used to score for my team Western Stars. I used to write a cricket column for the Bermuda Sun. 

“I got dialed into the joy of writing about cricket by analyzing the score sheets. This is more than just Cup Match — It’s Bermuda’s cultural, social and sporting history. 

“This is just my contribution to keeping the record intact; it is a service to a community.

“I know the value of cricket and the value of scoresheets and drawing all kinds of stories from them through analysis. It’s not just to get the numbers out there to see who’s got the most runs in Cup Match.

Mr Brown is working with bermudacupmatch.com, a sister company to the Bermuda Sun in the MediaHouse family, and reinsurer Hiscox Bermuda to help maintain those stats.

Charles Dupplin, CEO Hiscox Bermuda, said: “I grew up with Bill Frindall of the BBC. All Cricket fans love statistics. What other sport has been so well documented over the last 150 years?

“Such detailed records provide an invaluable insight into the cultural and sporting history of a nation and it’s a pleasure to support the efforts of bermudaCupMatch.com as they compile Bermuda’s very own ‘bible of cricket’.”

Hiscox Bermuda sponsored the technology effort necessary to publish volumes of Cup Match statistics online at bermduaCupMatch.com for the public to easily access.  

The project also includes a feedback forum where the public is asked to provide anecdotal information that will help preserve a fuller picture of Cup Match history.

For example, through BermudaCupMatch.com, the public is asked to identify brothers who played in Cup Match, father and son pairs or the age of the youngest colt ever.

“When this kind of information is known and verified and matched with the stats we’ll have a complete, rich history of Cup Match,” said Glenn Jones, creator of bermudaCupMatch.com.

“Hiscox recognizes the cultural significance of this project and we’re extremely grateful to have them as partners in this effort,” Mr Jones said.