Four Young Scots for Australia

Tue, Sep 18, 2007 2:48 PM

Four recipients of this year's Terry Racionzer scholarships, which assist young Scottish cricketers to spend a Scottish winter in Australia with a view to developing their game and gaining valuable life experience, are announced today by Cricket Scotland.

Gordon Goudie, Calum MacLeod and Ryan Flannigan will spend the next six months honing their skills in the intensive environment of the Sydney Grade competition, while Sean Weeraratna will travel to Brisbane.

Goudie, MacLeod and Weeraratna all have significant experience behind them, having already made their senior debuts for Scotland and, in the case of Goudie and MacLeod, county experience with Middlesex and Warwickshire. Flannigan was a consistent performer in this year's Scotland U19 team and Weeraratna was the top Scottish-qualified wicket taker in the Lloyds TSB Scotland Premier League.

This is the second year of the scholarship provided by Scottish businessman Terry Racionzer, who played for Scotland between 1965 and 1984 and for Sussex in the late 1960s.

Racionzer said: "I believe that the Australian environment gives players a real chance of both improving their technique and getting the very best out of the natural ability they have. Ability is one thing and attitude another: top players need both, and for this reason I am particularly pleased that this year's placements will be in Sydney and Brisbane.

"I am also impressed by the progress made by Cricket Scotland in recent years and there is no doubt in my mind that some of the aspirations that might have been no more than a dream during my own playing days have now become serious possibilities."

Cricket Scotland's Performance Development Manager Craig Wright added: "Having spent four seasons playing in Australia, including two in the Sydney Grade competition, I fully expect these players to come back stronger cricketers and stronger people for the experiences they will have this winter.

"We are extremely grateful to Terry for his support in establishing these scholarships, which I have no doubt will benefit us in producing more skilful and tougher cricketers for Scotland."

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