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Fray ‘overwhelmed’ by support

Lloyd Fray said he was ‘overwhelmed’ by the level of support he received from the Island’s cricket clubs as they backed him to replace Reggie Pearman as president of the Bermuda Cricket Board.

Fray said he was very excited by the challenge that lay ahead and is determined to immediately repay the faith the clubs have shown in him.

“I’m very excited and very appreciative of the level of support that got extended tonight,” said Fray. “In my mind there are no losers tonight, we’re all winners, because the game of cricket is what we’re all vying for, we’re all here to improve it.

“My stance has always been to connect cricket, putting it back into the community and tonight it was certainly a show of support that demonstrated that they (the clubs), somewhat partly, agree with my philosophy and my plan.

“Now it’s my job to go ahead and execute on those things to give back to those people who have put me in this position.”

Fray said that the level of support shown at the meeting made him optimistic for the future of the game on the Island and believes last night’s vote was ‘the beginnings of good things to come’.

“Just already I’m optimistic about the future,” he said. “It (being elected) was a good feeling, it was overwhelming at one point because in my mind…I was very optimistic on this (outcome) but certainly on the level of the votes….I believe it’s the beginnings of good things to come.”

There will be no resting on his laurels for the new man in charge, Fray said he was determined to implement his plan to revive Bermuda cricket straight away, with getting the game into schools and increasing business involvement at the top of his agenda.

“I’ve been elected, now it is about bringing about a format that embraces the plan that I have spoken about for many, many weeks,” he said.

“We have to put it back into schools, we have to put it back into the community, we have to put it back into the businesses as well, because this game has changed in how we approach it and I think tonight was a good demonstration of support for that.”

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Published November 30, 2011 at 1:00 am (Updated November 30, 2011 at 7:59 am)

Fray ‘overwhelmed’ by support

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