Tennant backing pro sides to shape future

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ANDY Tennant last night backed a dose of double Dutch to point the way forward for Scotland’s Pro Teams.

The Reivers and Highlanders take on two regional sides from the Netherlands in games which Tennant hopes will lead to the creation of a European Super League. Richie Berrington’s Reivers play host to the South Holland Seafarers in Ayr, while the Highlanders face the North Holland Hurricanes in Amstelveen.

The sides will meet in Pro50 clashes today before squaring up in T20s tomorrow, and Tennant, Cricket Scotland’s head of performance, said: “I think and hope these games are a sign of things to come. It’s step in the right direction to have teams from Scotland and Holland meeting at this level, and we aim to expand it into a European league featuring sides from Ireland and elsewhere.”

Both Scottish sides have been hit by call-offs, with the Reivers denied the services of Gavin Main, Andrew Umeed and Michael English, who are all on Scotland U19 duty.

The Highlanders, meanwhile, are without skipper Preston Mommsen due to visa issues, while their U19 trio of Chayank Gosain, Kyle Stirling and Ross McLean are also unavailable.

Scott Beveridge, Dumfries’s Australian-born spinner, is called into the Reivers side for the first time along with fellow left-arm spinner Hamza Tahir, cousin of Saltires star Majid Haq.

Heriot’s all-rounder Cammy Farrell and Grange batsman George Munsey are the Highlanders’ newcomers.

Tennant added: “These games give some fringe players a fantastic opportunity to make a statement.”

Reivers (v South Holland Seafarers, Cambusdoon, today and tomorrow): R Berrington capt, C MacLeod, M Iqbal, M Haq, N Smith w/k, S Sharif, S Beveridge, S Chalmers, K Farid, P Lojszcyk, S McElnea, H Tahir.

Highlanders (v North Holland Hurricanes, Amstelveen): C Wallace capt, w/k, M Parker, H Gardiner, E Chalmers, C Farrell, H Edwards, J Stander, E Willemse, M Leask, G Goudie, C Burnett, G Drummond, G Munsey.