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Terryn Fray strokes another century in India but this one in vain

Terryn Fray stroked a second successive hundred in the Bermuda XI’s loss to G Force Cricket Academy in India today (File photograph)

Terryn Fray struck a second successive unbeaten century but this time in defeat as a Bermuda XI lost their final training-camp match in India against G Force Cricket Academy by four wickets.

The experienced opener and deputising captain became the first overseas player to achieve the milestone at the ground the previous day with an unbeaten 100 in a seven-wicket win over the same opposition and again managed to carry his bat on the way to a knock of 107 today, which included eight fours and a six.

The Bermuda XI posted 207 for nine in the 40 overs match with Dominic Sabir (15) and Jermal Proctor (14) the only other players in the squad managing double figures.

G Force Cricket Academy replied with 208 for six and reached their target with 6.4 overs to spare.

All-rounder Sabir was the pick of the Bermuda bowling attack with three for 34.

“Unfortunately we did not come out with a winning result from today’s match,” Bermuda head coach Cal Waldron told The Royal Gazette.

“Kudos to G Force, they recognised that the pitch condition somehow favoured the team that batted second.

“We didn’t quite go out there with the same intensity of winning the match as we did our first game. They [G Force] still decided to take on the challenge and at the end of the day they came out favourable.

“Terryn ended up scoring another hundred and batted throughout the entire innings. We shifted our batsmen around with some guys we wanted to give some more batting time to try and help get in form.

“Some started off well and then didn’t quite get settled and stuck in and for some the result wasn’t favourable for them so we move on. We have to equip them with the necessary tools to be able to effectively get better results.

“Bowling-wise, once again we shifted and rested some bowlers so we rotated guys around that we needed to look at bowling at different spells or different sections of the match.”

With three warm-up matches under their belt, the national team will now continue their preparations in India before heading off to Malaysia for the ICC Men’s World Challenge League play-off.

“We have a couple more sessions before we get to Malaysia and have that one warm-up game to get ready for the actual tournament,” Waldron added.

“It’s been a good camp. It’s been very, very enlightening to be able to come here and witness youngsters from under 7 to 14 in an environment that they thrive in and have passion for in that regard. Cricket is their goal and the life they want to pursue.

“For us as a collective Bermuda cricket contingent, we have been fortune enough to get some excellent batting and bowling at an excellent training facility in the nets as well as outside.

“We particularly stayed outside rather than use the indoor facility to get players acclimatised to the weather and pitch conditions.

“The group of coaches here that run the academy have been very resourceful and very helpful with their knowledge, their resources and passing on information to us coaches and more so to the players.

“Now the players are equipped with an extra tool in their toolbox so it’s up to them to implement them, use them and make them work for them. Practice hard and their game will improve and we saw that with Terryn. Terryn can definitely say this camp was beneficial to his cricket skills, particularly today.

“Today’s game, some of them tried to implement certain things they were learning throughout this camp and unfortunately for some it just didn’t quite go.

“The camp has been good. It’s been a great resource to have. This place is a top-notch facility and kudos to those that run it and make it happen.”

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Published February 16, 2024 at 7:56 am (Updated February 16, 2024 at 7:56 am)

Terryn Fray strokes another century in India but this one in vain

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