Bay pair boost Village team for Central Counties final
Bailey’s Bay pair Terryn Fray and Jarryd Richardson will be the two guest players in the North Village team when they take on cup holders Western Stars in today’s Central Counties final at Devonshire Rec.
The players are not new to the Village environment as they play football for the club, Fray being a former club captain.
Village will also have Irving Romaine, a former Village footballer and past Bermuda cricket captain, in their team to give them added experience in the batting. Romaine has played for Village in the Evening League this season and is also an assistant coach at Bailey’s Bay.
“All three of us, really, Irving, Jarryd and myself,” Fray, the Bay captain, said of the connection between the two clubs.
“I thought it was a good opportunity, being the relationship Bailey’s Bay have with North Village, for us to represent North Village and give them our best.
“It comes around once a year but it’s a nice feeling to go out and play in the Central Counties and assist where we can.
“North Village are very passionate about their cricket, it’s an Evening League standard but they are passionate when the season comes around for cricket.”
Fray added: “It’s not going to be easy but what North Village have on their side is the camaraderie and the fun that they have playing cricket, so there’s no added pressure on us as guest players.
“We’ll just come into a uniform that is well known among each other already, the good part is we share the football season together.
“We’ll just come out and play our normal cricket and see where it falls. Stars have a good team but anything can happen on the day.”
Andrew Griffith, the Village captain, will sit out the match as Allan Walker takes over the captaincy, but he is looking forward to a challenging match, providing the weather holds up as rain is in the forecast.
Griffith expects Stars to be tough opposition after comfortable victories over Tuff Dogs and Devonshire Rec in the first two matches, with Tre Manders hitting 95 against Rec as Stars posted 310 for eight and then dismissed Rec for 185.
“I will sit down and hopefully my talent in administration and management will be better utilised,” said Griffith who will be the team manager. “Looking at the first two games, our only hope is to put up a big score.
“Hopefully, we can get two or three bats to do something magical and then do something in the field to protect that score.”
Stars were able to call on two guest players, former league players Temiko Wilson and Treadwell Gibbons who now play for St George’s, to add some experience to their batting.
Against Tuff Dogs, Gibbons scored 73 not out and Tre Manders 70 not out as they shared in an unbroken third wicket stand of 155 to chase down the Tuff Dogs target of 153. Stars had lost their first two wickets with only two runs on the board.
Gibbons had earlier also taken four for 33 to justify his inclusion.
Today’s match will be streamed on Facebook by T&T Cricket Scores.
Western Stars: Khiry Furbert, Tre Manders, Brian Hall, Davian McGlashin, Seth Campbell, Sebastian Davis, Dante Wellman, Jadon Springer, Temiko Wilson, Seion Darrell, Treadwell Gibbons, Jekon Edness.
North Village: Allan Walker, Sherwin Jennings, Derwin Adams, Terryn Fray, Irving Romaine, Eric Dunkley, Jarryd Richardson, Cory Smith, Nakia Smith, Rudy Smith, Showande Butterfield.
• The Central Counties series this season is being sponsored by DeCouto & Dunstan, with Barry DeCouto, a former top wicketkeeper, playing in the counties for 26 years with Nationals, Devonshire Rec and Police.
“He is glad to play his part as a former player to give back to cricket in this way and is looking for bigger and better things going forward,” said Dennis Williams, president of the Central Counties.
• The second half of the 50 overs league will start tomorrow with Southampton Rangers hosting Bailey’s Bay in the top match at Southampton Oval with the home team looking to avenge their season-opening loss at Sea Breeze Oval last month.
Cup Match rivals Somerset and St George’s meet at Somerset while St David’s entertain Willow Cuts at Lord’s in the other Premier division match.
In the first Division, PHC take on Western Stars at PHC Field, Cleveland meet Somerset Bridge at Wellington Oval and Devonshire Rec are at home to Warwick.