Cricket coverage called unfair

Why should By-Rite C.C. have to suffer because of their amazing success?

By-Rite Cricket Club has dominated local cricket for over 25 years, and has indisputably become by far the most successful sporting organization in the history of Cayman sports.

With this kind of success and dominance it is expected that a lot of jealousy and envy will creep in, and the vast majority of people, spectators and all, will naturally support our opponents so as to see change.

Without getting into what I feel is personal victimization by some in authority, one thing that highlights this biased trend against Cayman’s most successful sports team is the lack of coverage of By-Rite matches in the media, unless we lose!

During Police’s successful season last year, every match was extremely well reported on and individual performances highlighted.

This season By-Rite has the top batsman in both aggregate and average, Ainsley Hall, and the two top wicket takers in Gary Tulloch and Conroy Wright, yet no one would know this because it is being suppressed, in my opinion because it is about By-Rite.

On the weekend of May 7, amazing history was made during By-Rite’s match against ESSO.

For the first time ever in Cayman, and possibly anywhere in the world in first class limited overs cricket, By-Rite’s opening batsmen Ainsley Hall (179 n.o.) and Chris Wight (105 n.o.) put on an opening partnership of 302 runs in the allotted 50 overs, with the loss of NO wickets. This is unprecedented, and a truly amazing achievement, yet the week has ended and there has been no mention of it in the media! Why?

I know that because of our dominance most people love to see us lose, and while I admit that the standard of cricket has improved over the years, the umpiring under Courtney Young’s leadership is generally of a high standard, and the interest has improved, over the last couple of seasons I have seen a disturbing trend which has even filtered down into the news coverage, and the lack of coverage of the historic opening partnership between Hall and Wight is evidence of this.

It is unfortunate that this type of personal feelings are rearing its ugly head in local cricket simply because of a team’s amazing achievements.

Once we allow our envy to affect our judgment, once we allow our personal feelings to control our decisions, once we try to control others by discarding them because their opinions may be different, and once we make important choices based on who we like and dislike, we are headed for the gutters, and all the hard work and efforts put into Cayman cricket over the years will have been in vain.

I grew up eating, drinking and breathing cricket in Cayman and I will not keep quiet when I see, in my opinion, unfair and wrong decisions being made that are not in the best interests of Cayman cricket, and the unfair treatment towards By-Rite by the media is one such example.

David Wight

Editor’s note:There is no bias on the part of the Caymanian Compass in its coverage of By-Rite or any other team in the Cayman Islands. Because there are so many teams, not every team gets covered for every game. By-Rite games are covered by this newspaper. To say that the team receives coverage only when it loses is unjust. Our reporters have no way of knowing which team will win or lose when they go to cover them. The Caymanian Compass will continue to give fair coverage to By-Rite and other teams.

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