Fray wins in landslide
Today marks the first day of Lloyd Fray’s tenure as Bermuda Cricket Board’s president following his emphatic win at the polls last night.
The former Warwick cricketer beat out rival presidential candidates Ed Bailey and Clay Smith by a landslide after receiving a substantial majority of the available votes.
Fray secured ten votes compared to Bailey’s three while Smith failed to get off the mark.
Fray’s presidential bid might also have profited from Allen Richardson’s last minute decision to withdraw from the race. And, if there were any doubts as to whether or not he has the pedigree to lead local cricket from the front, those doubts were well and truly put to rest as those present at the annual general meeting spoke loud and clear.
The overwhelming response Fray received from BCB affiliates proved to be somewhat of a humbling experience for the well-respected BTC CEO.
“I am very appreciative of the level of support I have been extended in running successfully for the presidency,” he said. “In my mind there’s no losers, we are all winners.”
Fray, who was nominated by Somerset Cricket Club, now intends to hit the ground running in his bid to take local cricket to the next level, starting with an in-house review of the BCB administration.
“The top priority is to review our administration,” he said. “We have to really look at what things we have and what we use.”
Fray also moved to allay concerns over his ability to balance running the BCB with growing work commitments at BTC.
“If you want something done then give it to someone who is busy,” he smiled. “My job as a leader is to get the team to embrace my vision that comes from gaining their trust, getting them to buy in and then move forward. I believe this is the beginning of good things to come.”
Outgoing BCB president Reggie Pearman said he has no doubts that cricket is in “safe hands” with Fray at the wheel.
“I have worked with Lloyd for a number of years and so this is nothing new under the sun for me,” he added.
Going into last night’s AGM former Bermuda Cricket Board of Control president Bailey had overwhelming support in the public domain. However, BCB affiliates felt otherwise.
Bailey, though, took defeat all in stride and gave his support to new BCB president Fray.
“Cricket was the winner and it was good that people have exercised their democratic rights,” he said. “I endorse and support Lloyd and offer him any assistance or experience that I have to help him.”
When asked does he have another run for the BCB presidency left in him, Bailey replied: “Cricket is something that I love. It’s a giant of a hobby and I am always one to defend and promote its interest and welfare.”
Understandably, Smith appeared deflated after failing to secure a single vote on the night.
Still, he did his best to put on a brave face.
“The clubs have spoken,” he said. “They put the guy who they felt can do the job and I wish Mr Fray the best of luck.”
When asked would he be interested in running for Fray’s former position as BCB second vice-president at a special meeting to be held at a later date, the former national team skipper declined to comment.
In last night’s remaining elections, Gershon Gibbons was returned as Treasurer while Cal Waldron, Derek Wright and Lloyd Smith were returned as Club Representatives.
No one was nominated for the BCB’s Development Fund Chair position that remains vacant.
Last night’s AGM also saw subtle amendments to the BCB’s Constitution and Bye Laws approved while BCB affiliates voted against a proposal to suspend cash-strapped Somerset Bridge Recreation Club from the Board’s league and competitions.