Scotland’s ICC Intercontinental Cup and World Cricket League Championship campaigns resume in June against Namibia with one of the big talking points the return of Preston Mommsen to the ODI squad.
Mommsen, who was the captain of the first Scotland side to win a game at a global ICC tournament, announced that he was stepping down from his central contract and role as captain back in November due to taking up full-time employment. What his inclusion in the squad states that this decision does not stop his chances of playing for Scotland.
This is fantastic news for Scotland that Mommsen remains under consideration, becoming one of only five Scottish players to reach 1,000 runs in ODI cricket. Mommsen has been in fine early season form for his club side Grange and has been training regularly with the national coaches.
Kyle Coetzer will lead the side with Con de Lange again named as vice-captain. Stuart Whittingham will be looking to build upon his career since making his Scotland debut last month.
Battling Against The Conditions
First, up for Scotland is the International Continental Cup game against Namibia in Ayr, and Scotland’s Head Coach Grant Bradburn spoke about his excitement of playing the four-day game. “The team are looking forward to this block of international cricket at home throughout June. Preparation over the winter and early part of the summer has been excellent and the players are now itching to play. The I-Cup is a format we value highly, however, we have had limited actual game time, as 11 of our 16 days of I-Cup cricket during this 3-year cycle, have been washed out. We look forward to our opening contest vs Namibia in Ayr, where the conditions normally offer something for every skill set.”
The weather has been a real issue for Scotland. Their opening game against Afghanistan was rain-affected every day, and although Scotland had a significant first innings lead, the game ended in a draw. They lost their second game away to the Netherlands, but even there, the first day was a washout. Things got worse with their next match, away to Hong Kong where there was not a single ball bowled due to the conditions. And then, in their previous I-C game, only Day 1 saw any action against the UAE. Therefore, it is no surprise that they are nearer to the bottom of the table than the top.
Superb Win Over Sri Lanka
Scotland have just played Sri Lanka in two ‘practice matches’ in Kent (ODI games without official status) and the series ended with one win a piece – Scotland’s first ‘unofficial’ win over a full-test member. A good bowling performance, including three wickets for debutant Stuart Whittingham, restricted Sri Lanka to 287 runs – a score below par in the modern game. But Scotland responded with a superb batting performance, with both openers Matthew Cross and Kyle Coetzer scoring centuries, including a 201-run opening partnership. Reaching 291 after just 42.5 overs, if they had continued their rate of 6.79 runs per over, they would have reached around 340 runs.
The second ODI ended with a one-sided victory for Sri Lanka with Scotland being bowled out for 166 runs, with Craig Wallace top-scoring with 46 runs. In reply, Sri Lanka made 170 runs in 22.5 overs for the loss of just one wicket – at a rate of 7.44 runs an over.
The I-Cup match will commence at 11am each day with the World Cricket League matches commencing at 10:45am.
Ayr Cricket Club will host the Intercontinental Cup match, starting Tuesday (6 -9 June) while the two World Cricket League Championship matches will be taking place at Grange Cricket Club in Edinburgh (11 and 13 June).
Intercontinental Cup Squad against Namibia – June 6-9
Kyle Coetzer (Captain), Con de Lange (vice-captain), Richie Berrington, Matthew Cross, Alasdair Evans, Safyaan Sharif, Michael Leask, Calum MacLeod, Mark Watt, George Munsey, Craig Wallace, Chris Sole, Stuart Whittingham.
World Cricket League Squad against Namibia – June 11 and 13
Kyle Coetzer (Captain), Con de Lange (vice-captain), Richie Berrington, Matthew Cross, Alasdair Evans, Safyaan Sharif, Michael Leask, Preston Mommsen, Calum MacLeod, Mark Watt, George Munsey, Craig Wallace, Chris Sole, Stuart Whittingham.