Cameron Jeffers guides Cowbridge to victory in South Wales Premier League opener
Cameron Jeffers achieved a career milestone during a sparkling all-round display in Cowbridge Cricket Club’s 129-run victory over Gorseinon Cricket Club in their South Wales Premier League Division 2 opener on Saturday.
The Bermudian struck an unbeaten 91, his maiden half century and highest innings in senior cricket, and claimed three wickets with his leg spin to play a key role in the hosts’ convincing victory at the Athletic Ground.
Jeffers came to the crease with his team reeling at 64 for five after being sent to bat and proved equal to the task as his superb innings turned the tide and ultimately put the game beyond the visitors’ reach.
He struck eight boundaries during his 103-ball innings and also featured in two half-century partnerships, adding 52 with Kieran Allison and 66 with captain Rhys Davies.
“That knock for me was exceptionally important because the team needed it,” Jeffers told The Royal Gazette. “The boys were in trouble and I came in and put my head down.
“We were 100 odd for 5 and I just knew that somebody had to take the game by the scruff of the neck ― and I just put my hand up. I just put the team first and did what the team needed me to do.
“I got to 50, which was good; my first senior 50 but I had to keep batting on because the job was not finished.
“That was a really good knock and was probably one of my best innings.”
Cowbridge posted 237 for nine in their allotted 50 overs, with Jeffers’s compatriot and wicketkeeper Amari Ebbin, scoring seven from 13 balls higher in the order.
First change Jeffers also led his team’s bowling attack, claiming three for 20 from seven overs, as Gorseinon were dismissed for 108 in 35.2 overs.
“I got a few sliders going and spun a few past the bat early,” he added. “I slid some through to get my wickets so that was a good feeling.
“It was well thought out and I went through my processes really well.”
Ebbin also enjoyed success in the field as he held two catches behind the stumps.
Opening bowler Davies (three for 27) also took three wickets for the hosts, who made the perfect start to the league campaign.
“We are trying to win a league title and getting off to a good start this season is ever so important, especially mentally,” said Jeffers, who is a student at Cardiff Metropolitan University in Wales.
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