Cricket Scotland announce squad for next week's Hampshire match

Thu, Aug 25, 2011 3:29 PM

Today Cricket Scotland announced the squad for their final Clydesdale Bank 40 match on 29 August, as they travel to the Rose Bowl to take on Hampshire.

With Gregor Maiden unable to commit to extended tours due to his work commitments, the selectors have opted to look to the future, with former Scotland U19 player Craig Wallace selected to keep wicket, making his first appearance for his country. The 21 year old, who plays his club cricket for Forfarshire, is also an attacking batsman who will be well suited to the limited over format.

The selectors have named a side full of young Scots with Ewan Chalmers, Ryan Flannigan and Oliver Hairs also coming into the squad. A broken finger sustained during the recent Hampshire game will keep Fraser Watts out of the match; Kyle Coetzer has joined Northants on loan for the remainder of the season, while Neil McCallum recently announced his retirement from first class cricket.

On announcement of the squad, Scotland captain Gordon Drummond said “We will miss the quality of Watts and Coetzer, but it shows the depth of our home-grown talent to be able to bring in young guys of this calibre. I’m looking forward to watching them step up to the plate.”

George Worker comes back into the Saltires line-up as their overseas player to replace Luke Butterworth who is not 100% fit. Worker has already made a valuable contribution in the 2011 CB40 campaign, featuring in wins against Northants and Warwickshire.

A win for the Saltires would see them move above Leicestershire in the final table, as the Foxes have now completed their campaign with 6 points while Scotland are currently placed on 5 with one to play.

“It’s been a pleasing campaign; we have been competitive in all but one match and are hoping to finish on a high” said Drummond.

Saltires Squad to face Hampshire-

Gordon Drummond (captain), Preston Mommsen (Carlton), Ryan Flannigan, Ewan Chalmers (Watsonians), Richie Berrington (Greenock), Craig Wallace (Forfarshire), Gordon Goudie (Stoneywood-Dyce), Oliver Hairs (York), Calum MacLeod (Uddingston), George Worker (Stewarts Melville Royal High), Safyaan Sharif (Dunfermline), Josh Davey (Middlesex) Majid Haq (Clydesdale)

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