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Bermudan cricketers to fly to Dubai for training camp

Saturday, April 21, 2018

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HAMILTON, Bermuda (CMC) — Bermuda's cricketers headed to Dubai on Thursday night for a week-long training camp in preparation for the ICC World Cricket League Division Four tournament in Malaysia, which starts next weekend.

Bermuda will play practice matches on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday before jetting to Malaysia next Thursday with promotion to Division Three on their minds as they bid to haul themselves back up the world rankings.

Bermuda cricket has been in the doldrums internationally since the island claimed a place at the 2007 World Cup staged in the Caribbean.

Four England-based players — Kamau Leverock, Okera Bascome, Chare Smith and Tre Manders — will link up with the rest of the squad in Dubai.

“Obviously being in Bermuda, there are so many distractions that it is always hard to get all of your players together with work commitments and family,” national coach Clay Smith told the Royal Gazette newspaper.

“So I'm looking forward to getting all of these guys together off the island and we're 100 per cent focused on cricket.

“That week in Dubai is going to be critical to us, obviously getting on some turf wickets and playing, so we're going to have to maximise that to the best of our ability. We have to make sure our batsmen get into some good form prior to going to Malaysia.”

Bermuda, to be captained by Terryn Fray, will face Denmark in their 50-overs-a-side tournament opener on April 29 before taking on Uganda (April 30), Jersey — a British Crown dependency in the Channel Islands (May 2) – South Pacific island Vanuatu (May 3), and hosts Malaysia (May 5).

The top two teams will be promoted.

Uganda and Malaysia slipped from Division Three last year, while Jersey and Vanuatu earned promotion from Division Five.

Bermuda have been strengthened by the return to national duty, after a five-year break, of former captain Stephen Outerbridge.

SQUAD — Terryn Fray (captain), Dion Stovell (vice-captain), Janeiro Tucker, Steven Bremar, Okera Bascome, Charles Trott, Stephen Outerbridge, Kwasi James, Kamau Leverock, Jacobi Robinson, Macai Simmons, Cejay Outerbridge, Chare Smith, Tre Manders.

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