WEDNESDAY, JULY 27: Cup Match weekend is upon us and while many people will hit the beach, or go boating, here is a list of tips for those who plan to attend the game for the first time.

• Use public transportation — it’s safe, inexpensive, frequent and you get to mingle with locals. Both ferries and buses are air-conditioned;

• Head to the visitors’ tent at the game, the friendly folks there will be your personal guides to cricket and Cup Match and there will be complimentary refreshments; 

• Try Bermuda delicacies including fish dinner, conch stew, mussel stew and, if you are really lucky, shark hash. Sample a dark ‘n’ stormy — black rum with ginger beer. But go easy in the heat;

• Drink plenty of water as temperatures are expected to be in the 80s all day. Bring a hat and sunscreen as well;

• Arrive early, well  before the first ball rolls, at 10am, grab some shade and stay for lunch; 

• …Or, arrive on the afternoon of the second day to catch the exciting finish. Fans will continue partying into the night;

• Make friends with locals at a ‘camp’. Die-hard fans pay for spaces in the bleachers and come equipped with huge coolers and enough food and drink to last all day. And they’ll happily explain the game to you;

• Don’t be afraid to ask any locals you happen to be sitting next to for pointers on what is going on. They will happily explain who they think is the best bowler or batsman;

• Pick a team and wear your colours, preferably blue and blue! Egmonts in St. George’s has cool gear, or pick some up at the pitch. If there are two of you, each support a different team, this way you’ll always make friends;

• Set aside a few dollarsto play Crown & Anchor; known colloquially as ‘the stockmarket’, it’s a fast-moving, cash-only game of chance;

• When visiting the “stockmarket”, choose how much you want to lose before you start. Keep your playing money in your left pocket and your winnings in your right and walk away when you have more in your right pocket;

  • Bring cash as there will be no debit and credit card are not accepted anywhere. It costs $20 to get into the game.