McCallum steps up and Hair returns

Wed, Aug 25, 2010 5:48 PM

Neil McCallum, Scotland's leading batsman of the current Saltires squad, returns to action after injury for the final two Clydesdale Bank 40 series matches of the 2010 season, against Durham Dynamos at the Riverside Stadium on Sunday 29 August and Warwickshire Bears at Edgbaston on England's Bank Holiday Monday 30 August.

And, following Gavin Hamilton's retirement from representative cricket, and the unavailability of Preston Mommsen, there's space, too, for the 19-year-old Grange batsman Oli Hairs, who scored 130 at Loughborough last Sunday in the first of the National Academy's matches in the ECB Tri-Series. If he takes the field, these will be his first senior matches against English County opposition.

Last Sunday, the Scottish Saltires, with an outstanding bowling and fielding display, defeated Leicestershire by 12 runs under Duckworth-Lewis conditions in a rain-affected match at Citylets Mannofield. The victory followed the four-wicket win over the same County at Grace Road in May, and a famous eight-wicket victory over Leicestershire's 2nd XI in a three-day game, also in May, in which Mommsen (100*) and Ryan Flannigan (82) shared a 136-run second-wicket partnership in Scotland's second innings.

The full squad of 13 travelling south for these final CB40 games is: Gordon Drummond (captain), George Bailey, Richie Berrington, Ryan Flannigan, Gordon Goudie, Oliver Hairs, Majid Haq, Moneeb Iqbal, Dougie Lockhart, Ross Lyons, Neil McCallum, Matthew Parker and Fraser Watts.

These players will be available to play for their clubs in the final round of national league matches on Saturday (28 August).

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