Cricket: Sadler set for Saltires debut

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CAPITAL cricketer Paddy ­Sadler could make his full Scottish Saltires debut away to Hampshire tomorrow in the Yorkshire Bank 40 opener.

Seamer Sadler is ­currently studying at Cambridge ­University and until last year he was the skipper of the Scotland ­under-19 squad.

The 21-year-old now plays his cricket for Watsonians when north of the Border while he learnt about the game whilst coming through the youth 
set-up at RH Corstorphine.

In a hint that the selectors and head coach Peter Steindl are keen to look to the future during a busy schedule in 2013, fellow up-and-coming players Matthew Cross and Michael Leask are also included in the 13-man squad.

Carlton all-rounder Preston Mommsen is given the honour of skippering the side after his club team-mate Gordon Drummond stepped down from the role on Thursday.

Other Capital-based players in the squad are Drummond and Ewan Chalmers (Watsonians), while Freddie Coleman, who had a stint as a teenager at Penicuik, is also included.

Matt Machan may become available for selection, ­although this will be dependent on whether he is included as a member of the Sussex squad for their match in the same ­competition.

Hampshire’s Yorkshire Bank 40 campaign got under way yesterday when they travelled to the Essex Eagles.

It could not be a tougher start to the season for the Saltires as the Ageas Bowl outfit are the holders.

Scottish Saltires squad: Preston ­Mommsen (captain), Richie ­Berrington, Calvin Burnett, Ewan Chalmers, ­Freddie Coleman, Matthew Cross (wicketkeeper) , Gordon Drummond, Gordon Goudie, Majid Haq, Moneeb Iqbal, Michael Leask, Calum MacLeod, Paddy Sadler.