Jeremy Bray (cricketer)

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Jeremy Bray
Personal information
Full name Jeremy Paul Bray
Born (1973-11-30) 30 November 1973 (age 44)
Newtown, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Nickname Words
Batting Left-hand
Role Opening batsman
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 2) 13 June 2006 v England
Last ODI 18 April 2007 v Sri Lanka
ODI shirt no. 3
T20I debut (cap 12) 8 June 2009 v Bangladesh
Last T20I 10 June 2009 v India
Domestic team information
2004–2009 Ireland
1997/8 New South Wales
Career statistics
Competition ODIs FC LA ICC
Matches 15 12 45 6
Runs scored 401 998 962 145
Batting average 28.64 52.52 22.37 24.16
100s/50s 2/0 3/4 2/4 0/1
Top score 116 190 116 70
Balls bowled 109
Wickets 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 0/0
Catches/stumpings 6/– 9/– 24/2 9/1

Jeremy Paul Bray (born 30 November 1973) is a former Irish cricketer. He is a left-handed top order batsman and part-time wicketkeeper. He played fifteen ODIs for Ireland along with two T20 Internationals. Along with a lengthy domestic career in both Australia and Ireland.

Playing career[edit]

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.[1]

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.[2]

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".[3]

Coaching career[edit]

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".[4]

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.[5]

He is currently the coach of the Denmark men's team.[6] Having first led them in the 2014 World Cricket League Division 4 where they finished third. He then lead them to the 2015 ICC Europe Division One to try and qualify for the 2015 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier.[7] They finished in second to Jersey, narrowly missing qualification. His next assignment will be the 2016 ICC World Cricket League Division Four.

International centuries[edit]

One Day International centuries[edit]

Jeremy Bray's One Day International centuries
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 116  Scotland Kenya Nairobi, Kenya Gymkhana Club Ground 2007 Won
2 115*  Zimbabwe Jamaica Kingston, Jamaica Sabina Park 2007 Tied


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