TWO brothers were amongst a strong Lothians contingent that congregated at Edinburgh Airport today as Scotland's best young cricketing talent headed off on a tour of South Africa.
Carlton seam bowler Charles Legget, 20, and his 15-year- old brother Peter – who plays for Merchiston Castle School and Watsonians – are in the under-20 and under-15 squads respectively that left the Capital in the early hours of this morning bound for Port Elizabeth.
The itinerary consists of eight matches, six of 50 overs duration and two Twenty20 games, for each team. The highlight of a testing 16-day trip is set to be the final match of the tour, which is against the Eastern Province State age group teams at the local test match venue St Georges Park.
Craig Wright, who is head coach of the under-20s, said: "I am sure our young players will benefit hugely from the exposure to matches against quality opposition in good cricket conditions. It will also provide them with a great opportunity to hit the season in Scotland running; producing some strong performances when their school, club or representative matches get under way."
Along with the Legget brothers, other local players who will be looking to make an impact on the tour include Penicuik spinner Keith Morton and Watsonians all-rounder Ewan Chalmers in the under-20s.
And in the under-15s Patrick Baker will be looking to improve further on a fledgling career that has already seen him notch up a century for Merchiston Castle School against Dollar Academy.
Scotland under-20: Ross Paxton, Ewan Chalmers (both Watsonians), Ryan Flannigan, Keith Morton (both Penicuik), Matthew Bremner (Dunfermline), Fraser Burnett, Matthew Parker, Marc Petrie (all Arbroath), Bilal Azhar (Edinburgh), Scott Redhead (Durham Academy), Zeeshan Bashir (Clydesdale), Scott Dalgleish (Uddingston), Scott McLennan (Oxford University and Grange), Scott Galloway (Freuchie), Charles Legget (Carlton).
Scotland under-15: Alex Baum (Greenock), Shreyas Chitnis (Clydesdale), Freddie Cox (Meigle), Matthew Cross, Andrew Lewis (both Aberdeenshire), Jordan Davidson (Dunfermline), Ricky Davidson (Penicuik), Sean Docherty (Ferguslie), James Hearn (Grange), Peter Legget, Patrick Baker (both Watsonians) Ross McLean (Arbroath), Peter Ross, Scott Weir (both Kinross), Andrew Umeed (West of Scotland).