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Cameron Jeffers relieved to avoid serious injury in car crash

Unscathed: Cameron Jeffers (File photograph)

Cameron Jeffers has spoken of his relief after walking away from a car crash relatively unscathed.

The Bermuda leg spinner was driving with his mother and aunt when he was involved in the incident while on the motorway in England.

However, having avoided major injury, Jeffers has been left thanking his lucky stars to not only still be alive but also to able to continue playing cricket.

“I am lucky to be alive because I got in a car crash that could have gone either way, but luckily I walked out of that with no injuries,” Jeffers told The Royal Gazette. “A guy stopped short on the motorway in front of the car that I went into; it was like brake checking and just dangerous driving.

“My aunt and mother were in that car and it shook everybody up. It was a big crash, wrote the car off, but the only thing that happened to me was my neck being a little bit stiff.”

The ordeal has inspired Jeffers to work even harder at his game at West of England Premier Cricket League side Marshfield Cricket Club.

“I just took that as kind of an opportunity to start pushing and really getting myself ready for whatever is in the pipeline, whether it be for Bermuda, whether it be for my club, whether it be for a professional county out here,” he added.

The 22-year-old appears to be reaping the benefits of his hard work ethic having claimed three for 18 in his team’s two wicket win over Thornbury Cricket Club in the league at their home ground at Broadleys at the weekend.

It was an impressive performance that Jeffers, who plays for Eastern Counties champions Bailey’s Bay when on island, felt was long overdue.

“It was something that was coming for a while,” he said. “I’ve been showing signs, but it comes down to getting the opportunity to bowl.

“We have a few recruits that bolstered our spin attack so that has obviously provided some competition.

“It’s just about persevering and luckily for myself because I am starting to become a genuine all-rounder so I am able to keep my place in the side. “I am contributing with the bat and also have the option of primarily being a bowler as well.

“We had a situation, I was called upon to do a job and I just wanted to do the best job possible for the team.”

Jeffers endured a frustrating time waiting to prove himself in his team’s bowling attack since switching allegiances from South Wales Premier League second division side Cowbridge Cricket Club early during the season.

“It was a murky period I would say to be honest,” he added. “I was not getting the ball in my hand in situations where I felt I could make a difference.

“However, that’s where you just got to leave it down to the captain doing what’s best for the team. It’s nothing personal and I kind of take on a supporting role in whatever way I can.

“I have had a few good performances but I’ve not really had any rhythm because of the nature of chopping and changing.

“However, I feel like now I am finally settled. I coach for the club, do a lot of work with the youth. That’s something that I really enjoy as well.”

Being overlooked for selection to Bermuda’s training squad for next month’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Americas Region Final, which the island will host, was also a bitter pill for the player to swallow.

“Obviously with the national team, I was pretty disappointing not to be in the team,” Jeffers added. “I felt like it’s one of those things you’re always going to be disappointed, especially when you really want to do the best you can for your country.

“However, they have made a decision for the betterment of the country so all I can keep doing is knocking on the door.”

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Published August 15, 2023 at 7:58 am (Updated August 15, 2023 at 7:30 am)

Cameron Jeffers relieved to avoid serious injury in car crash

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