Cameron Jeffers relishing trial opportunity at Worcestershire
Cameron Jeffers hopes to make the most of his opportunity during a trial with Worcestershire County Cricket Club tomorrow.
The Bermuda leg spinner will be among those looking to impress the coaching staff at the English county side as he strives towards an ambition of showcasing his talents at professional level.
“I have professional aspirations and this is just another opportunity to see if it is my time yet or not,” Jeffers told The Royal Gazette.
“I am confident going into the trial. Touring pretty much all summer with Bermuda, I have been around a lot of good players and experienced players and got to pick their brains and learn a lot about cricket, and I just can’t wait to apply that.
“I am not really looking at it as a thing of pressure. It’s just a really good opportunity to show my talent and show what I can do to professional coaches and build a relationship.
“I am really looking forward to being able to get out there and being able to do that.”
Jeffers, 22, has enjoyed success this year playing for Cowbridge Cricket Club in South Wales Premier League Division Two.
His season peaked with an unbeaten 91, his maiden half-century and highest innings in senior cricket, and three-wicket haul in a 129-run victory over Gorseinon.
He also claimed three wickets in Cowbridge’s three-wicket win over Creigiau in the Welsh Cricket Cup and 80-run triumph against Chepstow in the league.
Those solid displays led to him earning his first call to national duty for Bermuda’s ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League B commitments in Uganda and Jersey this summer.
“Those two tours didn’t go as well as I personally had hoped,” Jeffers said. “I had higher expectations of myself, but they still went OK.
“It was a good induction into international cricket and more importantly I learnt about myself, a lot about the standard of cricket and a lot about my game.
“Having some success at that level has given me a world full of confidence to go out there and take opportunities.”
Taking advantage of opportunities is exactly what Jeffers did after learning about the open trials after Worcestershire.
“When Worcestershire announced they were having open trials it was a first-come, first-serve basis,” he said. “So I applied immediately and ended up getting the trial.
“I think there were over 700 applicants and I managed to sneak through, which I am pretty excited about. It’s actually been like a perfect end to the summer.
“Finding out about the trials got me by surprise because I was actually talking about trying Worcestershire as a county because a few coaches that I work with have connections with them and obviously speaking to my agent as well,” he said.
“That was definitely one of the counties I was looking at trialling at or building a relationship with over the winter to try and play some second-team stuff or just go over there and get a bowl, so I am bowling at good players around good coaches and environments.
“The way the trial came about was a bit of a surprise but I just feel like it was something that was meant to be; right place, right time.
“And coming off an international season with international wickets and international experience, it could not have been a better time for me to have that opportunity come about.”