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Fray given chance to play in Trinidad

Terryn Fray has been offered an opportunity to play domestic cricket in Trinidad.

The Bailey's Bay and Bermuda batsman has confirmed that an opportunity has presented itself while he was in Trinidad for the official opening of the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba at the weekend.

“I have been invited to play and it is something that I will have to consider,” Fray said.

Fray experienced the chance of a lifetime playing alongside legends in a Twenty20 match that capped a glamorous opening ceremony of the Brian Lara Cricket Academy and Stadium.

He featured in a star-studded International XI boasting former West Indies players Curtly Ambrose and Ramnaresh Sarwan and Herschelle Gibbs, the former South African batsman, that lost by eight wickets against the Brian Lara XI led by the former West Indies captain.

“It was a privilege to be a part of that, especially being among the greats that were there,” said Fray, who scored five runs batting at No 6.

“It was a good feeling to be out there with people that have learnt so much from the game over the years.

“The atmosphere was crazy and I can understand why these guys have the passion and desire to be the best that they can.”

Lara produced a vintage display that entertained the thousands that turned out for the big occasion, finding the gaps with ease with some delightful stroke play, before retiring his innings to unselfishly give others a chance to bat.

“I want to say thank you to all of the players that made themselves available from as far way as South Africa, Bermuda, England and the local teams as well,” Lara said.

“Cricket fans from India, Sri Lanka, Australian even America is here with us today. I don't think the authorities understand the important part that you play in sport. Without you there is no sport and I thank you very much for being here tonight.”

Fray added: “Lara controlled the game from the first ball that he faced. He came out there with the confidence that you see in him everyday. Even when he's not playing cricket you can tell that he is a confident person and believes in himself and his ability. They [fans] love him and it's well deserved. He's done everything.”

The glitzy opening ceremony, that lasted several hours, also featured dance and musical performances as well a fireworks display.

Lara, who holds records for the highest score in Test and first-class cricket, conducted the ceremonial ribbon cutting signalling the official opening of the impressive facility.

“Tonight is about expressing my sincere gratitude to all concerned,” he said. “This [stadium] may have taken 13 years to complete but it's complete and it's here to stay.”

Special guest for the occasion was Gordon Greenidge, the former West Indies batsman.

“To Mr Lara, this was long coming and I'm certain that all of those who grace this great stadium will be very proud of having it at their disposal,” Greenidge said.

“I sincerely hope that male and female alike, locals and international persons who visit this stadium and have the opportunity to use this facility will enjoy it as much as we hope they will.”

Also in attendance was West Indies legend Sir Gary Sobers.

Terryn Fray plays for the International XI against the Brian Lara Celebrity XI at the opening of the West Indies' legend's new stadium and academy in Trinidad. (Photograph by Colin Thompson)

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Published May 15, 2017 at 9:00 am (Updated May 15, 2017 at 1:21 pm)

Fray given chance to play in Trinidad

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