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Edinburgh South/Stewart’s Melville and Royal High Corstorphine share the lead after Round Three of the 2019 Women’s Premier Division. With 22 points each after two wins and a loss so far, the capital-based teams hold a two-point advantage over McCrea FS West of Scotland Women, who, in their first season of competitive cricket, stand unbeaten with two wins out of two in third.

The opening match of the season saw the West triumph over ES/SM at Inverleith after an impressive all-round performance from Neyma Shaikh. After contributing 34 to her side’s total of 178 for 3, an innings which also featured an excellent knock from Neha Mahatma (64 not out), the all-rounder took 4 for 9 from five overs to seal a 21-run victory. A six-wicket win over Carlton the following week cemented what has been an excellent start to the season from the newcomers, who will go into this weekend’s fixture against George Watson’s College in confident mood.

ES/SM recovered from their early setback to see off both GWC and Watsonians Women in their next two matches. A magnificent innings of 102 from fourteen-year-old Kathryn Fraser was the foundation of their 99-run win over GWC, while Catherine Holland followed up her unbeaten half-century with 2 for 10 as Watsonians were beaten by a 93 run margin.

Kitty Levenson has been the star of the show for RHC. After opening her account with an unbeaten 154 in the 186-run win over Stirling County, Levenson carried her bat for 59 not out as the Edinburgh team secured its second win of the campaign last weekend. With the top two due to play this weekend (Sunday 26th May), all eyes will be on what promises to be a fascinating encounter.

Carlton, so long a dominant force in Scottish women’s cricket, got their first win on the board last weekend thanks to a five-wicket win over Dumfries and Galloway Women, while 3 for 10 from Megan Taylor and 2 for 9 from Eagles bowler Phoebe Beal saw GWC open its account with a nine-run win over RHC on May 12th. One of Dumfries and Galloway and Stirling County will claim their first win of the season this weekend as they go head-to-head in Dumfries, while Watsonians also look for a change of fortune at home to Carlton. It is the potential changes at the top of the table which are most intriguing, however. With four rounds to go and three teams still very much in the race for the title, the climax of the league season on June 23rd promises to be the most exciting one yet.

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EASTERN Knights can tomorrow (Sunday) clinch the Tilney Pro50 title with a game to spare if they continue their unblemished record by beating the Highlanders at Forthill.

In truth, such is their superior net-run-rate that Stevie Gilmour’s men already have one hand on the trophy they lifted last season. Only two heavy defeats today and next weekend against the Warriors would jeopardise a successful defence.

Gilmour, though, is concentrating only on a repetition – ominously even an improvement – of the form which has seen his side cruise to four impressive wins.

The Knights coach said: “We’re looking to go through the same processes that have been working for us and also keep challenging the team to be better and individuals to keep putting in big performances with bat and ball.”

Gilmour’s batsmen may have grabbed the headlines with George Munsey averaging an astonishing 180 while Oli Hairs, with two centuries to his name, is the leading run scorer with 273.

However, the Knights also have the tournament’s highest wicket-taker in Elliot Ruthven who has twice as many victims – 14 – as his closest rival, Scott Cameron of the Highlanders.

Gilmour added: “Elliot has been very impressive, showing unbelievable control over his line and length at good pace. That in turn has brought him his rewards.”

Highlanders, who complete a weekend double-header at Cambusdoon on Monday, can still match the Knights’ points tally providing they win both their remaining games and player-coach Craig Wallace has named the same 14-man squad who have shown steady improvement throughout the tournament.

However, the Forthill-based side would also require the Western Warriors to win the final match of the tournament at Merchiston Castle School on June 2.

For their part, the Warriors will simply focus on trying to break their duck on Monday and they must do so without injured Richie Berrington whose 170no when the sides met at the same venue a fortnight ago is the highest score in the competition.

Coach Andy Tennant will also be looking for his side to win their final two games to build momentum going into the Tilney T20 Blast which gets underway in July.

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SCOTLAND’S hopes of recording a win over a Full Member during the Summer Internationals was dampened by the rain during a day at The Grange that experienced it all.

After winning the toss and electing to field, Sri Lanka’s openers raced to 123-0 after 22.1 overs, despite an excellent five-over spell from Brad Wheal (first spell figures of 0-5-0-12) and a couple of missed opportunities, before Michael Leask was brought into the attack.

Leask, missing from the only game played during the rain-affected Afghanistan series, took a wicket with his first ball – removing Fernando for 74 after he slog-swept to George Munsey at deep square leg who took a great catch diving forward.

Scotland then entered a brief period of resurgence, their next scalps came when the Sri Lankan skipper, Karunaratne, had to depart for a well-made 77 as Wheal finally picked up a reward for his efforts, Gavin Main (sub-fielder) taking a tumbling catch to leave Sri Lanka 204/2 after 33.3 overs.

Wheal struck again two balls later, removing Perera for a duck to bring Scotland back into the game at 204/3 after 33.5 overs.

A string of dot balls, thanks to the efforts of spinners Mark Watt and Tom Sole at each end, brought about the team’s fourth wicket as Angelo Mathews came down the track to Tom Sole and finding Michael Leask on the boundary to leave Sri Lanka 210/4 after 36.4 overs.

Scotland regularly took wickets throughout the rest of the innings, causing Sri Lanka to slip from 204/2 to 280/7 after 47.2 overs.

BKG Mendis hit 66 before succumbing to a Safyaan Sharif (10-0-76-2) yorker, de Silva delivered the ball perfectly to Tom Sole on the boundary off the bowling of Mark Watt for 7 (10-0-61-1) and BMAJ Mendis flicked to George Munsey at long-off to gift Sharif’s second wicket after striking 13 from 8.

Despite the flurry of wickets, Sri Lanka struck a blistering 35 runs from the last two overs to propel themselves to 322/8 after 50 overs on a batsmen-friendly Grange surface.

In response, Kyle Coetzer’s men got off to a solid start in the basking sunshine with openers Cross and Coetzer racing to 51/0 after 10 overs in front of a good Edinburgh crowd.

The skipper was the first to depart, falling victim to an excellent bouncer from Pradeep for 34. Coetzer’s knock, which included seven 4s, was brought undone as he attempted to hook the ball over the rope, but finding Thirimanne at deep square leg instead.

Calum MacLeod was able to add only one-run to Scotland’s tally before he too fell to Pradeep, the ball just clipping the stumps ever so slightly to remove one bail as MacLeod looked to drive on the up.

With two of Scotland’s most established batsman back in the dugout, Craig Wallace and Matthew Cross provided some form of resistance with a 43-run stand before Wallace (18) edged through to the keeper, attempting to guide the ball down to third man just as the rain hit The Grange.

After an hour’s delay, play resumed with a revised target of 235 (103 runs from seven overs) with George Munsey and Matthew Cross at the crease looking to hit the required 15+ runs an over.

Munsey, as he is becoming known for, wasted no time in getting Scotland back on track, helping himself to 18 runs including two 4s and one 6.

Cross (55) fell to Lakmal soon after the restart, miscuing a shot to Fernando at long-on after 28.4 overs, leaving it all to do at 153/4 when Michael Leask strolled to the middle to join Munsey.

Michael Leask made his presence known to the Sri Lanka side right away, smashing a six first-ball to give the Scotland side some hope in their run chase with Munsey at the other end.

However, Leask could only add 8 runs before falling to Lakmal after failing to clear the fielder at long-off whilst going for the big hit. Scotland started to lose quick wickets in their quest of hitting the ever-increasing number of runs required per over.

 Sole, Sharif, Watt, Evans and Wheal could only manage 14 runs between them before Wheal was run-out without facing to secure a 35-run win for Sri Lanka.


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Cricket Scotland by Cricket Scotland - 4d ago

The Eastern Knights under-14 boys team edged out their Caledonian Highlanders counterparts in a cracking match at Freuchie on Sunday.

The four run victory means that all the regional sides – including the Western Warriors – have won one and lost one in the 40 over competition to date and, with the reverse fixtures still to come, anyone could still come out on top.

Batting first at Freuchie, the Knights got off to a great start thanks to a 117 run partnership between Gavin Murray (Carlton) and skipper Harry Armstrong (Stewart’s Melville).

They scored 60 and 48 respectively before they both fell to Adi Hegde, the Gordonians spinner going on to have a superb day with the ball and taking 6-39 in the end.

However, the Knights had a good platform and Murray Johnson took up the mantle, smashing 72 not out from 49 balls including four 4s and three 6s.

That innings from the Carlton man helped the Knights post 231 all out although Hegde’s bowling kept the Highlanders in things.

With the bat, the Highlanders struggle up top and were reduced to 35-4 in the 12thover.

Things looked to be going the Knights way at that stage, but a 95 run partnership from middle order batsmen Ken Yahathugoda (Aberdeenshire) and William Silcock (Perth Doo’cot) got the Highlanders right back into the match.

They fell for 41 and 48 respectively, but by the final over the Highlanders still had a chance with 12 runs needed and Meigle’s Joshua Edington still in.

In the end he finished on 50 not out and there was a run out from the last ball as they completed the innings on 227 all out.

The Knights bowler holding his nerve at the end was Rudy Adair of Carlton while Arjun Rajgopal (Mazars Grange) was the pick of the bowlers with 3-52 and Carlton’s Jamie Beattie (1-22 from eight overs with 37 dot balls) bowled well.

Knights under-14 head coach Neil Yelland said: “What a game, it really was a nail biter!

“The opening batsmen did really well and Murray played a fine innings coming in at number four, but we still let that the total was perhaps 20 or 30 runs short.

However, the bowlers stuck to their task well all afternoon and Rudy and Farhan [Khan, Watsonians] stayed calm bowling the last few overs to get us over the line and keep us right in the competition.”

Highlanders under-14 head coach Daniel Sutton said: “With the ball and the bat we had slow starts before recovering during both innings.

“Adi bowled very well and that will give him a lot of confidence while with the bat Ken and William really dug in when they had to and Joshua played well, but it wasn’t to be.”

Scotland under-15 head coach Alan Patterson was watching on Sunday and has been impressed by the standard of the regional competition so far.

He said:  “All three matches so far in the series have been nip and tuck, which has created the ideal learning environment for those involved. 

“It has been great to see how players respond under pressure and close games like Sunday emphasise the importance of putting your body on the line in the field to save runs, scrambling quick singles, limiting bowling extras and using all of your overs. 

“All three teams now have one victory and one defeat and the side that wins the championship will be the one that learns the most from these first encounters – it makes for an exciting finale.”

This week’s pathways cricket:

Wednesday, May 22: Men’s Performance Academy v Durham Academy at Uddingston (50 overs, 11am)

Sunday, May 26: Boys Regional Under-14 Competition, Western Warriors v Eastern Knights at Clydesdale (40 overs, 11am)

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Cricket Scotland today welcomes two new additions to the Hall of Fame in Eric Thompson and John Blain.

E R Thompson

One of only two Scotland players born in the Orkney Islands, Eric Thompson was one of the very best seam bowlers ever produced by Scotland. Educated at Melville College in Edinburgh, before the amalgamation with Daniel Stewart’s College, he progressed to the best ever team produced by Melville College FP. This team included Dougie Barr & Eric Chisholm, both seasoned Scottish internationalists, who have previously been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Eric Thompson progressed to the Scotland team in 1965, his first game being against Ireland in Dublin. In the Irish 2ndinnings he took five wickets for 11 runs, helping dismiss Ireland for 25, the lowest score ever against Scotland until the figure was lowered by Oman earlier this year.

This was the first of six 5 wicket hauls in a 41 match Scotland career which stretched until 1977. Thompson was a regular choice in an era of far fewer games, but before the days of one-day cricket for the Scotland team. This meant lengthy bowling spells against County and Test Match standard teams.

A genial and generous companion, he had a sense of fun which endeared to friend and foe alike. Whether inwardly glowing from a six wicket haul against the West Indies or foot weary after a fruitless day at Edgbaston, he would be the same Eric, smiling wryly over a well-earned beer and invariably seeing humour in either success or failure.

In all he took 107 wickets for Scotland, during the course of bowling just over 1100 overs. Standing just over 6 foot tall, he had a superb bowling action, his most dangerous delivery being the ball he would bring back sharply to right-handed batsmen. A superb athlete, Thompson also excelled at rugby & squash. He died in 1992 at the all too early age of 53. His Hall of Fame cap will therefore be received today by members of his family.


J A R Blain

John Blain has undoubtedly been one of the most successful and influential Scottish cricketers of the last three decades, a pace bowler to rival the very best this country has produced. 

Raised in Penicuik where he first played the game, Blain moved as a teenager to Heriot’s and came under the tutelage of Jim Love, then national team coach. Love immediately recognised the talent of the precocious young fast bowler and had no hesitation in handing him a cap debut at the tender age of 17.

That Benson & Hedges Cup clash with Notts at Trent Bridge in May 1996 demonstrated that cricket at the highest level held no fears – nor the press duties that come with the territory (his opening salvo to this reporter was: “you’d better not write any rubbish about me!”) While there were no immediate heroics, it was later that summer that Blain announced himself as a bowler of genuine international class, playing a starring role in the European Championships in Denmark.

In 1999 Blain marked his World Cup debut by claiming the notable scalp of Ricky Ponting and finished the tournament with the best strike-rate of any bowler in the competition – a remarkable feat. This passionate and proud Scot would go on to enjoy such international highlights as helping his country win the inaugural ICC Intercontinental Cup in 2004 in the UAE and a year later claiming a winner’s medal at the ICC Trophy in Dublin.

It was little surprise that Blain’s talents attracted interest from south of the border and he moved initially to Northants and then Yorkshire, the latter of whom he went on to coach at 2nd XI and Academy level. County commitments at once deprived Blain of numerous caps, and Scotland of one of our most potent strike bowlers of all time during that period when he was clearly at the peak of his powers.

Yet, despite limited availability for long spells, he still managed to amass 118 caps and claim 188 wickets, behind only Majid Haq and Craig Wright neither of whom could match Blain’s impressive strike-rate of 32.30. Blain’s influence on the Scottish game did not end with his international career and endures through an increasing focus on coaching.

Having acquired his ECB Level 4 coaching badge, he went on to work with West of Scotland, Loretto School and is currently making a significant impact at Grange where he has established a successful Academy.

There was also a spell passing on his considerable expertise to Scotland’s international fast bowlers. In time, it could be that coaching paves the way for a return to the international game.

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EVERYTHING in the garden would appear to be rosy for West of Scotland. Not only have the Hamilton Crescent side opened their Western Premier campaign with two hard-fought wins but today they introduce South African international Rory Kleinveldt.

Thanks to the backing of club sponsor McCrea FS, West have been able to secure the services of one of the highest-profile overseas stars to grace these shores for several years.

It also helped that Kleinveldt has significant Scottish connections – his brother-in-law is the Ferguslie captain Riyaad Henry and his father-in-law, the South Africa and Scotland legend Omar Henry.

The 36 year-old, having already had an impact in a midweek McCulloch Cup tie, makes his league debut as West head to Drumpellier today and skipper Ian Young declared: “Everyone at the club is excited to have Rory joining us.

“He is a fantastic player with so much experience that we will all be tapping into to make the club stronger.

“He has already got himself involved in the coaching side and I think it’s great for Scottish cricket generally to have someone of his talent here – people want to play with him and against him.”

That view is shared by Drumps’ skipper Gordon Shaw who declared: “I think all the guys in the league will be looking forward to testing themselves against someone of that calibre. It will be an excellent test for us.”

Like West, 2017 champions Prestwick have an unbeaten record which they aim to extend when they visit a Greenock side yet to break their duck.

Tom Fleet, the Prestwick captain, said: “We’re happy with the start but not getting ahead of ourselves. Greenock have some very good players who are capable of winning games for them but we’ll focus on our own performances.”

Prestwick are without Shahzad Rafiq who is replaced by Matt Morgan while Greenock are missing skipper Neil Flack but Chris Hempsey returns.

It is a similar story at East Kilbride where the home team are also trying to record a first win against Clydesdale who are bidding for a third straight win. Home skipper Qasim Sheikh will be trying to put one over on his former colleagues who are without injured Scotland all-rounder Richie Berrington.

Poloc are another side yet to experience the winning feeling and their task could hardly be more difficult today when they entertain an Uddingston team who are flying high, having taken maximum points from their opening three fixtures.

The Shawholm side welcome back Muhammad Dar and Ahmad Chaudhry while the visitors are without Scotland pace bowler Gavin Main.

Champions Ferguslie travel with an unchanged side to face Stirling.

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MAJID Haq admitted he is relishing the opportunity to have a joust with former Scotland team-mate Jan Stander.

Haq takes his RHC outfit northwards to face Stander and Co at Stoneywood-Dyce.
And the meeting of the two ex-international chums will be a match within a match. Haq declared: “Stoneywood are always a gritty bunch of guys, especially on their own Peoples Park turf.

“They play aggressively and as a unit. It is great to see Jan back performing for them and I am really looking forward to our contest.”

Maj called for an improved showing from his line-up in the wake of last weekend’s narrow defeat in a low-scoring tussle with Watsonians. He added: “We were much better in midweek when we got the better of Sonians in the T20 game.

“Several batsmen had time in the middle, which should stand them in good stead for the weekend.”

Meanwhile, another erstwhile Scotland ace – Matty Parker – is convinced Arbroath can establish momentum following their first success of the campaign at the expense of Aberdeenshire.

The Lochlands men lock horns with Carlton in the capital and Parker – now back with his boyhood club following a nine-year spell with Tayside rivals Forfarshire – believes they will go into battle with confidence.

He stated: “It was a big relief to get off the mark, especially with a few inexperienced lads in the side.

“I am thoroughly enjoying being back at Lochlands, but I also have fantastic memories of my time at Broughty Ferry.

“I can’t speak highly enough about what they are doing there. They have started superbly in the league and I fully expect them to keep up that level of performance and be right up there come the end of the season.”

It would be a big surprise if Forfarshire did not make the most of home advantage this afternoon when Watsonians are the visitors.

Elsewhere, champions Grange make the short hop to Inverleith, where Stew-Mel await.

And Heriot’s will be strong favourites to deal with struggling Aberdeenshire at Mannofield.

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Brad Wheal grew up in South Africa, but if he takes wickets in the two One Day Internationals at The Grange on Saturday and next Tuesday against Sri Lanka expect to hear the loud cheers from his west of Scotland-based family members who will be present at the Edinburgh ground.

His mother Lorraine will also be keeping a close eye on the fixtures from afar in Durban as she is very proud that the seam bowler, now 22, is representing her country of birth.

Growing up in Durban, Brad always knew about his mum’s Scottish roots and he made a few trips to Scotland with his family in school holidays.

He also remembers being sent a Kilmarnock football strip and scarf in the post to keep him connected with Scotland and when he played his first ODI for the country in January 2016 against Hong Kong in Mong Kok he was a happy boy.

Brad’s cricketing adventure began at school in Durban where he played to a good level before being spotted by Dale Benkenstein who took him over to county side Hampshire in England on a development contract in 2015.

“It was a big move for someone of my age, but I wanted to see how far I could take my cricket at the time and I managed to settle in pretty quickly at Hampshire,” Brad, who now has 12 ODI and five T20I caps to his name, recounts.

“I think I was comfortable quite early because there is a great culture and environment at the club and they involve the young lads while at that time I had a lot of good bowlers like Fidel Edwards and Gareth Berg to learn from.

“In terms of my bowling it was a steep learning curve for me, but some injuries that season to others gave me first team opportunities quite early on and that settled me down a bit and made me feel like I belonged.”

So how did the Scottish connection come about?

“My mum was born in Glasgow and she still has family there in and around Kilmarnock,” he explains.

“I remember ending up with a Kilmarnock scarf and jersey sent to me out in South Africa, so I suppose I became a Kilmarnock fan! I think before I started playing for Scotland I had been over here for trips four or five times to see family which was really nice.

“The cricket connection with the Scots just sort of happened when I came over to Hampshire. When Scotland were preparing for the World T20 qualifiers in 2015 Grant Bradburn [then head coach] was down at Hampshire at one point and we had a chat and things went from there.

“I ended up playing for Scotland ‘A’ against the MCC in Glasgow and then went on my first full tour with the national team to Hong Kong in early 2016.

“The boys were so welcoming and I felt part of things right away so that was great. I didn’t know a lot of the guys before that, but it was a good tour apart from some poor weather and it really gave me a taste for playing on the international scene with that group of guys.”

Since then Brad has continued on a learning curve with Hampshire and Scotland and by the time last year’s ODI World Cup qualifiers came around he was a focal point of the country’s bowling attack.

“It was such a good trip to Zimbabwe for us apart from a couple of results that didn’t go our way,” he said.

“We would have obviously loved to be heading into a World Cup now, but it was a bit of a turning point for us. We really showed what we could do and were up there with the best teams out there.

“Some of the performances put us on the map a bit and as a team and as a bowling attack we came away from it really determined to kick on and get even better.”

Off the back of that event in which Brad took 12 wickets he was named in the squad to face England last June at The Grange, but he suffered a stress fracture in his back just before travelling northwards from Hampshire.

The strain of bowling for three and a bit seasons in a row had taken its toll on his body and rest and recuperation was needed.

Brad watched that famous victory on the television in his flat – “I was resting, but jumping up and down at times!” – and then was out for a number of months before getting back to bowling at the tail end of 2018.

He explains:  “It was tough being out for so long, I must admit, but I knew that those six or seven months on the sidelines were needed to get me firing again.

“I was back for some winter training with Hampshire before having a nice break back home in Durban and then I headed out to La Manga with Hampshire for a pre-season camp.

“I missed the Oman tour and the La Manga trip with Scotland, but things have started nicely this summer with Hampshire and Scotland under Shane Burger so long may that continue.

“Working under Shane has been great so far, I really like the way that he gets his message across and I was pleased to have my gran and my uncle over from the west in the crowd for last Friday’s Afghanistan match.

“I know they, my mum and other family members are very proud when they see me singing ‘Flower of Scotland’ and then playing in the dark blue – I hope I can continue doing that for a long time to come.”

Squad for Sri Lanka: Kyle Coetzer (captain), Dylan Budge, Scott Cameron (cover), Matthew Cross (wk), Alasdair Evans, Michael Jones, Michael Leask, Calum MacLeod, Gavin Main, George Munsey, Safyaan Sharif, Tom Sole, Craig Wallace, Mark Watt, Brad Wheal

You can follow the games via our YouTube channel, online match-centre and Twitter.

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Having been out of action for two lengthy periods during the last 12 months it is unsurprising to hear that fit-again Tom Sole cannot wait for Scotland to take on Sri Lanka in the two One Day Internationals at The Grange on Saturday and next Tuesday.

The spinning all-rounder, who turns 23 next month, played in his sixth ODI last Friday in the tight loss against Afghanistan and it has left him eager for more.

Having come through the ranks at Mazars Grange and spent some time in New Zealand, Tom – at the time a Scotland age-grade cap – was given the chance to move to Northamptonshire in 2016 to get a taste for life on the county scene on a two year Academy contract.

He fitted in straight away and in 2017 was promoted into the first team for their 50-over match with South Africa.

In that one he took one wicket and scored a 50 from number nine as Northants were just edged out – and from there he began to force his way into the full Scotland set-up.

He attended various camps north of the border in late 2017 and in early 2018 was selected in the squad that was travelling the United Arab Emirates to face Ireland and the UAE in a Tri-Series.

He took 2-44 against Ireland on his ODI debut on that trip and then played in four internationals at the World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe in March before injury struck the former Merchiston Castle School pupil.

“It was in early May last year during a warm-up for a game down south when I got injured,” Tom, who is now a full-time player with Northants, said of his broken left ankle.

“It was tough to take at the time with the Scotland game against England only a few weeks later.

“I had only really broken into the international set-up a few months previously and wanted to nail down my spot, so to miss out on that England game was a blow.

“Despite being on the sidelines in June, it was great to be at The Grange on the day with my brother Chris playing and Scotland winning.

“As a group of players we always knew that we were that good, there is a confidence about our cricket and we always believe that we can beat the best.

“It is just a matter of being consistent going forward and being able to beat the best day in and day out rather than just in one off games. I don’t think we have any self doubt, we know what we can do.”

Tom was out on the sidelines until August and got back to fitness before another setback. 

“It was actually Mairi [MacPhail, the Scotland physio] who spotted something was not quite right while we were out as a national squad in La Manga in November,” he recounts.

“The ligaments in my ankle had not tightened while they were repairing and there was quite a lot of scar tissue.

“So, the doctors went in and did some reconstruction on the lateral ligaments just before Christmas which led to another three months out.

“It meant missing the Oman trip with Scotland, but it was the right time of year to get it done and by the middle of March I was able to head out to La Manga with Northants.

“I then headed to La Manga with Scotland and it was good to be involved with that camp with Shane [Burger, the head coach] having just taken up the post.

“Then in the early weeks of the season I was just keen to get as much cricket under my belt as possible to put my name in the frame for the Afghanistan matches.”

The first of those was washed out last Wednesday, but Tom was in the XI for the second one on Friday and it was fitting that he made his home ODI debut for his country on the ground that he grew up playing on in Edinburgh.

“It would have been an interesting game if it had gone the whole way, DLS can be quite frustrating, but it is just something you have to put up with,” he said as he looked back on the tight defeat after the rain came.

“It was a bit of a kick in the teeth with 5.1 overs to go because we felt we were right in things.

“We outplayed Afghanistan at different times in the game and there were a couple of run out chances that were close, but rather than dwell on them we are all now fully focused on facing Sri Lanka.

“Having a team of that calibre coming to Scotland is brilliant, we respect them, but we won’t give them too much respect, we will be going into these games to win and again show the wider cricketing public just what Scotland are capable of.”

Squad for Sri Lanka: Kyle Coetzer (captain), Dylan Budge, Scott Cameron (cover), Matthew Cross (wk), Alasdair Evans, Michael Jones, Michael Leask, Calum MacLeod, Gavin Main, George Munsey, Safyaan Sharif, Tom Sole, Craig Wallace, Mark Watt, Brad Wheal

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Scotland’s squad has been announced for two One-Day Internationals against Sri Lanka at The Grange, Edinburgh on 18th and 21st May.

Scotland make one forced change with Richie Berrington out due to injury. Berrington suffered a fractured finger and is expected to spend four weeks on the sidelines. He is replaced by Dylan Budge (Eastern Knights).

Scott Cameron (Caledonian Highlanders) will train with the Scotland squad on Thursday and Friday this week as bowling cover.

14 players will form the match-day squad on 18th May, with the 15th released for domestic cricket.

SQUAD

Kyle Coetzer (captain), Dylan Budge, Scott Cameron (cover), Matthew Cross (wk), Alasdair Evans, Michael Jones, Michael Leask, Calum MacLeod, Gavin Main, George Munsey, Safyaan Sharif, Tom Sole, Craig Wallace, Mark Watt, Brad Wheal

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