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CRICKET ESPANA XI TO PLAY CRICKET SCOTLAND XI IN T-TWENTY EXHIBITION GAME
 
11th November 2018

A Cricket Espana XI will take on a very strong Cricket Scotland XI in a T-Twenty exhibition game at La Manga resort on Thursday 15th November, start time 11 am.

At the ICC Conference in Dublin this summer both of the countries CEO's (John Howden of Spain and Malcolm Cannon of Scotland) discussed the possibility of some kind of interaction between the two countries whenever Scotland use their warm weather training base on the Murcia coastline.

True to their word, Cricket Scotland contacted Cricket Espana last month about the possibility of an exhibition game at their end of their current visit and the hosts were eager to jump at the chance of playing against such quality opposition.

The Scotland training camp will primarily focus on four key disciplines (the development of power hitting, batting against spin, bowling skills, and leadership) and then the visitors will look to put into practice what they have learnt on the camp in their match against Spain.

It is the first time the two countries have played against each other but Glenrothes Cricket Club are regular visitors to Sporting Alfas and Cricket Espana played two matches against Aberdeenshire Cricket Club in April 2009.

Wicket Keeper batsman Matthew Cross played for the Scottish club side on that day and is in the squad along with seven of the other players who participated in their amazing One Day International victory over England in June this year. The squad is also peppered with members of the Scottish Performance Academy who the coaches believe have the potential to play for the senior team one day.

The back room staff is also littered with notables from the cricket world. Acting Head Coach Toby Bell is joined by the high performance manager Simon Smith. Andy Tennant will head the spin sessions and Gordon Drummond is in charge of the pace bowling group. Physio Mairi MacPhail and performance coordinator Jonathan Newell are the final members of the core staff.

The power hitting sessions will be under the guidance of Julian Wood, Gloucestershire coach Owen Dawkins and Kent's Darren Stevens. Finally the leadership sessions will be led by Louise Finlayson who has previously worked with the Performance Academy. 

Cricket Espana rely heavily on the team that competed in the ICC Tournament in Holland this year when they finished a creditable third behind Italy and Jersey in Group B.

The side will have a mixture of players from the Cataluyna and ECCL (East Coast & Central) leagues and Christian Munoz-Mills will captain the side. One addition to the team is Madrid United all-rounder Taqueer Hussain, who now meets the criteria to participate in future ICC sanctioned tournaments.

Ed Shuttleworth, the ICC Development Manager for Europe recently commented whilst in Scotland on a country visit, " Congratulations to Cricket Scotland and Cricket Espana for proactively working in partnership and connecting their cricket communities. It is brilliant to see more competitive opportunities and we wish both teams the best of luck for the day".

Entrance to the ground is free and La Manga Cricket Club members will be serving snacks and beverages next to the pitch.

Squads ...

Cricket Espana XI

 

Ahmed Awais Batter/Keeper RH Top Order  
Alger Adam All Rounder RH Top Order RA Seamer
Adeel Raja All Rounder RH Lower Order RA Seamer
Asjad Mohammad Seamer RH Top Order  
Hennessy Paul All Rounder RH Top Order RA Seamer
Haider Zulqarnain Seamer RH Lower Order RA Seamer
Hussain Taqueer All Rounder RH Middle Order RA Seamer
Lal Kuldeep All Rounder RH Middle Order RA Seamer
Munoz Chris All Rounder RH Top Order RA Spin
Panchal Ravi All Rounder RH Middle Order RA Seamer
Perman Jack All Rounder RH Top Order RA Leg Spin
Perman Kieran Seamer RH Lower Order RA Seamer
Roper Jamie Seamer RH Lower Order RA Seamer
Vini Vinod All Rounder RH Middle Order RA Seamer

Cricket Scotland XI 

Berrington, Richard All Rounder RH Middle Order RA Medium
Bradburn, Thomas All Rounder LH Middle Order RA Seamer
Brock, Andrew Spinner LH Lower Order LA Off Spin
Cameron, Scott Seamer RH Lower Order RA Seamer
Carson, Michael Batter RH Top Order RA Leg Spin
Coetzer, Kyle Batter RH Top Order  
Cross, Matthew Batter/Keeper RH Top Order  
Dickinson, James All Rounder RH Middle Order RA Leg Spin
English, Michael Batter RH Top Order  
Evans, Alasdair Seamer RH Lower Order RA Seamer
Greaves, Christopher All Rounder RH Top Order RA Leg Spin
Johnston, Rory Batter RH Top Order  
Jones, Michael Batter RH Opener RA Off Spin
McCreath, Finlay All Rounder RH Top Order RA Seamer
Munsey, Henry Batter LH Top Order RA Leg Spin
Neill, Adrian Seamer RH Lower Order RA Seamer
Robertson, Christian Seamer RH Middle Order RA Seamer
Shah, Owais All Rounder LH Top Order RA Off Spin
Sharif, Safyaan Seamer RH Middle Order RA Seamer
Smith, Ruaidhri Seamer RH Middle Order RA Seamer
Sole, Thomas Spinner RH Middle Order RA Off Spin
Tahir, Hamza Spinner RH Lower Order LA Off Spin
Tahir, Haroon All Rounder RH Lower Order RA Off Spin
Wallace, Craig Batter/Keeper RH Middle Order  
Watt, Mark Spinner LH Middle Order LA Off Spin
Wood, Joshua Batter/Keeper/Spinner RH Top Order RA Off Spin/WK

Related Article ... Cricket Espana XI v Aberdeenshire CC - April 2009

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