Cricket Scotland name squad to face UAE

Preston Mommsen will captain a team boasting youth and experience. Picture: SNS

Preston Mommsen will captain a team boasting youth and experience. Picture: SNS

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SCOTLAND have named their squad to face the United Arab Emirates in a three-day fixture at the Ageas Bowl in Hampshire on Monday.

Skipper Preston Mommsen will lead a side mixed with youth and experience as the Saltires prepare for an important ICC Intercontinental Cup fixture against Afghanistan in Stirling early next month with the non-cap match.

Teenage top-order batsman Andrew Umeed makes the step up from Scotland’s Under-19s team to join a 12-strong squad that also includes promising spinner Mark Watt.

There will also be an opportunity for South Africa-born Con de Lange to push his cause for a Scotland cap after completing a four-year residency stint to qualify for his adopted nation.

Also included in the group are Richie Berrington, George Munsey, Matthew Cross, Alasdair Evans, Hamish Gardiner, Michael Leask, Gavin Main and Safyaan Sharif.

Head coach Grant Bradburn said, “It’s fantastic to have the opportunity to play at the Ageas Bowl against our Associate rivals UAE as we build towards our first I-Cup fixture.

“A number of players have commanded their opportunity through strong performances in both club and Pro Series early season.

“We have important international fixtures in all three formats of the game over the coming months and we have witnessed healthy competition for places in our first Scotland selection following the World Cup. Our players will relish the chance to come together to fine tune our red balls skills at a Test venue of such quality.”

Full squad: Preston Mommsen (captain), Richie Berrington, George Munsey, Con de Lange, Matthew Cross, Alasdair Evans, Hamish Gardiner, Michael Leask, Gavin Main, Safyaan Sharif, Andrew Umeed, Mark Watt.

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