Scot's prepare for World Cup Qualifier

Thu, Jan 24, 2008 5:47 PM

A Lloyds TSB Scotland squad of 14, led by new captain Fiona Urquhart, has been named to represent Scotland in the ICC women's World Cup qualifying tournament in Stellenbosch, South Africa, next month.

The event, which was originally scheduled to take place in Lahore, Pakistan, last November, was initially postponed and then moved to South Africa because of security fears.

The Scots will be playing against Zimbabwe, Ireland and Pakistan in the first stage of the qualification tournament, from which the two finalists will qualify for the World Cup itself, which will take place in Australia in 2009.

Fiona Urquhart, who works as a marketing officer with a Dyce-based hydraulics company, said: "Qualifying for the World Cup would be an absolute dream for all the girls in the squad and, although this tournament is going to be very demanding, I don't think I'm being unrealistic in saying it's not out of our reach to qualify."

Grange wicket-keeper Simon Smith, who is coach to the Western Regional Academy, has been appointed as coach to the women's squad, which leaves for South Africa early next month.

"I'm very pleased to be working with Fiona and the girls in this adventure," said Smith. "They are all determined to do their level best to represent Scotland with some good performances. If they do succeed, it will be no more than they deserve."

The Scots depart on February 15 and the competition proper begins on February 18. Their match schedule is as follows:

Monday February 18 Scotland v Zimbabwe at Van Der Stel Cricket Club.

Tuesday February 19 Scotland v Ireland at Stellenbosch University

Thursday February 21 Scotland v Pakistan at Van Der Stel Cricket Club

Saturday February 23 Crossover matches

Sunday February 24 Final and place matches

Lloyds TSB Scotland Squad: Fiona Urquhart (c), Kari Anderson, Kathryn White, Charlotte Bascombe, Abbi Aitken, Catherine Smaill, Fiona Campbell, Caroline Sweetman, Leigh Kasperek, Sahar Aslam, Charlotte Farr, Diane Pedgrift, Vhari Maxwell, Paula Ritchie

Support Staff: Simon Smith (coach), Dick Auchinleck (manager), Caroline Bascombe (assistant manager)

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