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Terryn Fray blazes century as Bermuda romp to first win in India

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Bermuda and G Force Cricket Academy at Sanjay Farm in India (Photograph supplied)

Terryn Fray became the first overseas player to score a century at Sanjay Farm in India as the national team beat G Force Cricket Academy in the second match of their training camp in India.

The experienced opener and deputising Bermuda XI captain blasted an unbeaten 100 from 127 balls, which included ten boundaries.

Fray became the first overseas player to achieve the milestone at the ground when he pushed into the covers and crossed for a comfortable single.

“I’m the first foreigner to score a hundred on their new ground and that’s kind of a big deal to them out here, so I guess it’s a big deal to me now, too,” Fray told The Royal Gazette.

Captain Terryn Fray blasted a century to earn man-of-the-match honours against G Force Cricket Academy in India (Photograph supplied)

“I think it was a good hundred and a well-played innings by myself, so I am happy for the team and for me.

“It was good and I implemented some of the stuff that I am learning while I am out here. So I have to give thanks to the coaching staff, Neiro [assistant coach Janeiro Tucker] and Waldo [head coach Cal Waldron] and even the Indian coaches, for helping us with certain things while we are out here.

“I felt good and it’s always good for me to play 50-overs cricket, I enjoy 50-overs cricket. I’m just happy to do well and I’m looking forward to the future over the next couple of weeks.”

Head coach Waldron was pleased with his side’s perfomance and hailed Fray’s innings.

“It’s really, really special for him to have the honour of the first foreign international to score a hundred on that ground,” he said.

“I am really proud of Terryn’s innings. We as the coaching staff asked for individual game plans and when I reflect and look upon what he actually wrote in detail of what he wanted to do for the day, it’s pretty much what he did. He succeeded and can tick off all of his goals, as he achieved them all.

“I am really pleased that Terryn applied a new learning technique that we went through a lot yesterday with everybody, so to see him put it in motion and actually make it work and be successful for him, kudos to him.”

Deputising Bermuda captain Terryn Fray, left, and G Force Academy captain Jay Parmar shake hands at the toss at Sanjay Farm, India (Photograph supplied)

Fray featured in a match-winning 140-run fourth-wicket partnership with all-rounder Kamau Leverock, who blasted 11 fours and a six in a typically robust knock of 74 from 55 balls, as Bermuda posted 242 for three in reply to their opponent’s 238 for eight in their allotted 50 overs.

Leverock could have ended the game earlier but unselfishly allowed Fray to reach his hundred.

“The game was set up for Kamau to come in and be Kamau, and it could have ended sooner had Terryn not been in a position to be near a hundred, which Kamau did the respectable thing of allowing him to achieve,” Waldron said.

While Fray took the plaudits, he also outlined the brilliance of Leverock’s whirlwind knock.

“I have to give my hats off to Kamau as he played a brilliant innings,” he said.

“He is our go-to guy and always seems to come good, so hats off to him.”

Leverock produced a sensational all-round display after also leading Bermuda’s bowling with figures of three for 27 from seven overs. Four bowlers claimed one wicket apiece, among them Chare Smith, Jermal Proctor and Dominic Sabir.

Waldron was happy with the boost in confidence the players have received ahead of the ICC Challenge League play-off in Malaysia, which starts on February 22.

“It’s a good team win but we still have some people to work on and get them into form to help us assist and lay the foundation that was laid today,” he said.

“Overall it’s good. It’s really pleasing and a good morale booster for the guys to be able to have that win and feel good, but there is still work to be done. We have another game tomorrow and we will see how we respond.

“Today we batted second after learning from the first game that the conditions are favourable to actually allow us to take our time, so hopefully we take that into consideration.

“The other factor is we have to consider the personnel we have. We are not trying to overwork anybody that’s here, so tomorrow may be a different situation where we are resting, allowing people to bowl in block spells, come off to rest and go back on the field.

“It’s a warm-up in a sense that we need to keep the bodies healthy. All the bodies we have here we have to keep them in top shape and hopefully tomorrow we can tick off some more goals that the team can achieve.”

Bermuda are without captain Delray Rawlins, Tre Manders, Chris Douglas, Allan Douglas Jr, Derrick Brangman and Zeko Burgess, who were unable to secure visas to enter India for the pre-tournament training camp, with the six players travelling to Malaysia tomorrow.

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Published February 14, 2024 at 1:30 pm (Updated February 15, 2024 at 8:19 am)

Terryn Fray blazes century as Bermuda romp to first win in India

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