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Centuries the reward for Terryn Fray’s hard yards in India

Fine form: Terryn Fray scored two centuries in India training camp

Terryn Fray is reaping the benefits of a hard work ethic and the new skills he has acquired during the national cricket team’s training camp in India last week.

The Bailey’s Bay opening batter has gone the extra mile in the nets to improve his technique, with knocks of 31, 100 not out and 107 not out in the island’s three matches against Param Veer and G Force Cricket Academy, suggesting the hard work has paid off.

The 32-year-old became the first overseas player to score a century at Sanjay Farm and featured in a match-winning 140-run fourth-wicket partnership with all-rounder Kamau Leverock (74 not out) in Bermuda XI’s seven-wicket win over G Force Cricket Academy last Wednesday, with Fray attributing his good form to “repetition and new skills learnt”.

He then followed that up with an unbeaten 107 in the four-wicket loss to G Force Cricket Academy 24 hours later.

“Obviously we lost a lot of wickets early and again it came down to me and Prince [guest player Prince Ahir], one of the young guys from India, who is a really good player,” Fray said.

“He is only 16 years old but he’s really good at playing spin, and I was able to learn a lot from him again.

“I just had to bat through to make sure the team got a decent total. We identified that 200 was competitive and ended up with 207. I just think we got fatigued and we didn’t bowl as well as well as we could have.”

Bermuda assistant coach Janeiro Tucker hailed Fray’s performances with the bat and is delighted to see him reaping the reward for putting in the hours throughout the training camp.

“I thought Fray batted really well both days and showed the class that he has,” Tucker said.

“Fray has been doing a lot of extra work with the coaches as well as Manesh, the academy coach at Sanjay Farm, and the technical work is paying off.

“He is getting the reward from the work he has been putting in while in India this last week. I hope he can now take this into the tournament and help us qualify.

“Fray is a type of player who respects the game so he will get a good return. I have a lot of respect for Fray and vice versa.”

Bermuda’s players have been challenged this week in getting acclimatised to the playing conditions in preparation for the upcoming Cricket World Cup Challenge League Play-off in Malaysia, which starts on Thursday.

“I have never played in these conditions before,” Fray added. “I think this is everyone’s first time in India.

“It’s been a good time for us. We were able to get some matches in, get some good training in, get some fitness in and just gain great experience playing in India and being a part of this.

“I think it has allowed us to bond with each other better as the start was very rough adjusting to climate and cuisine. It’s building character through hardships.

“We are grateful for Sanjay Farms and Param Veer Cricket Academy for hosting us. It’s been good and I thank everyone for being very hospitable and allowing us to be a part of what they have going on out here.”

Bermuda were 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.

The six players departed for Malaysia last Thursday; the India contingent arrived yesterday.

Bermuda have been placed in group A alongside Italy, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. They face Italy on Thursday, Saudi Arabia on Sunday and Kuwait on Tuesday.

The top three teams from the group will advance to the Super Six stage of the competition, with the top four finishers from that qualifying for the 12-team World Cup Challenge League.

The top four finishers from the Super Six will qualify for the next cycle of the Challenge League.

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Published February 20, 2024 at 7:59 am (Updated February 20, 2024 at 8:13 am)

Centuries the reward for Terryn Fray’s hard yards in India

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