Cameron Jeffers thrilled with maiden call to national duty
Cameron Jeffers ticked another box after earning a first call up to senior national cricket team duty.
The Cowbridge Cricket Club leg spinner has been named in a 14-man Bermuda squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League B in Uganda from June 15 to 27.
“I was really excited to hear that I was getting a call-up,” Jeffers told The Royal Gazette. “It’s something that I have been knocking around at for a number of years.
“I think I was first named in a training squad at 16. So to finally get the monkey off my back and get over that hurdle and actually get on tour is a good feeling. I just want to do as best as I can for the country and get the boys over the line.
“I am excited and looking forward to it. It’s just a great opportunity to learn, get exposure and push my game to the next level.”
Breaking into the national team was among the top priorities Jeffers had set out to achieve this year.
“I was pushing for a Bermuda place which was my main goal,” he said. “I want to be on both of those tours going out of Bermuda to represent my country at the highest standard possible.”
Bermuda have their work cut on the international stage during the upcoming summer as they are also scheduled to compete in the third and final leg of Challenge League B to follow in Jersey in August.
Jeffers has added incentive to put his best forward as he is playing in honour of the memory of loved ones who have passed away in recent months.
“I lost my little sister in September and my girlfriend’s uncle in March. We were all quite close, so I have dedicated my season to them,” he said.
“I have pretty much drawn the line in the sand and said I am going to give it my all this season. I have dedicated this whole season; everything I do, to those two.”
Meanwhile, the player’s maiden call to senior national duty arrives on the heels of his solid display in Cowbridge’s 80-run win over Chepstow Cricket Club in the South Wales Premier League at the Athletic Ground at the weekend.
He stroked 21 from 25 balls as Cowbridge posted 221 for six after being sent in to the bat.
Jeffers, who plays locally with Bailey’s Bay, then claimed three for 21 to help restrict Chepstow to 141 all out in 36 overs.
Compatriot Amari Ebbin, who has also been named in the Bermuda squad for the Uganda tour, also featured in the match.
The wicketkeeper-batsman smashed five boundaries in an aggressive knock of 30 from 42 balls and shared in a 59-run opening partnership with Jack Cropper (25). He also held a catch behind the stumps in the second innings.
“Amari and our opening batsmen [Cropper] set the tempo beautifully,” Jeffers said. “Aman Gandhi [89 not out] from Kenya, who could be playing against us on the tour, batted beautifully. He anchored the innings and then I came in and supported him at No 5.”
Jeffers did the heaviest damage with the ball. “I was given a licence to get wickets by any means necessary, so I tried a lot of variations and they came off,” he added.
“Not the way I am used to bowling. But all in all a good day for the team, and Amari and myself did what the team needed us to do.”