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Jeremy Bray (cricketer)

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Full Name  Jeremy Paul Bray
Born  (1973-11-30) 30 November 1973 (age 41)
Birth Place  Newtown, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Role  Opening batsman
Name  Jeremy Bray
Nickname  Words
National team   Ireland
Batting style  Left-hand

Jeremy Paul Bray (born 30 November 1973) is a former Australian-born Irish cricketer. He is a left-handed top order batsman and more than useful part-time wicketkeeper. Bray was the Player of the Championships at the 1992–93 Australian Under-19 Cricket Championships in Brisbane and was selected for the Australian Under-19 side, playing two Youth Tests and one Youth ODI. He also played one List A match for New South Wales.

Bray played grade cricket in Sydney for the St. George Cricket Club with his fellow Irish World Cup teammate David Langford-Smith, where he was well known for his aggressive batting approach. Nicknamed "Words" for his talkative nature, Bray later moved to Ireland to continue his cricketing career.

After moving to Ireland, he made his debut for the Ireland cricket team in a C&G Trophy match against Berkshire. He has since gone on to play for Ireland on over 50 occasions. Before Ireland was granted ODI status he played in the European Championships in 2004 and 2006 in addition to the 2005 ICC Trophy.

In the final of the 2006 ICC Intercontinental Cup against Canada, Bray opened the innings for Ireland and made 146. His innings was particularly aggressive as in his 202 run opening stand his partner Will Porterfield made just 54.

On 30 January 2007 he became the first ever Irish cricketer to score an ODI century with an innings of 116 against Scotland.

Six weeks later, he scored 115 off 137 balls, on his and Ireland's World Cup debut, against Zimbabwe. The game finished in a tie and he was awarded man of the match for his performance.

After a two years out of the team, Bray was recalled to the Ireland squad when captain William Porterfield was unavailable due to commitments with Gloucestershire County Cricket Club and after Fintan McAllister dropped out. He said "I'm delighted to be involved again. I said some harsh things about Irish cricket two years ago, which I've come to regret deeply ... I feel I've got a good few years left in me, and reckon I can give a good deal of assistance to the talented youngsters in the set up".

On 12 January 2010, Bray announced his retirement from international cricket. He said "I'm not getting any younger, and it's hard to get up to the levels of fitness now required for international cricket ... "I have had some wonderful memories and will always be grateul to Ireland for giving me the opportunity".

Post-career, Bray has been coaching including local A.C.T cricket Club Ginninderra, the ACT Comets and the Irish Women's cricket team. After two years at the helm, including helping gain qualification to the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 tournament, he announced that he would step down as coach of the Irish Women in December 2013.

One Day International centuries

References

Jeremy Bray (cricketer) Wikipedia


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