A NEW star could be launched on to the Scottish cricketing scene tomorrow if 18-year-old Ruaidhri Smith is selected for the first of three Yorkshire Bank 40 clashes in five days, at Durham.
All-rounder Smith describes himself on Twitter as a “confused Welsh-living English-schooled Irish-qualified Scot” partly down to having a county contract with Glamorgan after being born in Glasgow and representing England under-15s as an exile.
But, according to Cricket Scotland’s chief executive Roddy Smith (no relation), there is nothing jokey about the teenager’s determination to reach the top with Saltires.
“He is player of genuine potential and with the Saltires now partly developmental it will be interesting to see how he fares after receiving good reports from Glamorgan 2nds.”
Saltires also play at Lancashire on Tuesday and Derby on Thursday meaning some concentrated cricket provides a particular opportunity to break their duck in the last season before opting for more international engagements next season.
Kiwi hired hand Tom Latham and Warwickshire evergreen Neil Carter (Tuesday and Thursday) provide valuable experience.
Saltires squad: Preston Mommsen (captain), Richie Berrington, Calvin Burnett, Neil Carter (Lancashire and Derbyshire only), Freddie Coleman, Matthew Cross, Gordon Drummond ( Durham only), Gordon Goudie, Majid Haq, Moneeb Iqbal, Tom Latham, Michael Leask, Calum Macleod, Ruaidhri Smith.