Berrington prepared for WCLC matches against UAE
In the changing face of Scottish cricket over recent years, all-rounder Richie Berrington has been one of the constants.
The Clydesdale player seems made for the 50-over format with his smart middle order batting augmented by his useful medium pace bowling that batsmen find hard to get away.
He has been around the Scotland set-up in all formats for nearly a decade now and made his One Day International debut against Ireland in Aberdeen in July 2008.
That day Scotland won by five wickets and there have been plenty of other highs since then.
His first half century in an ODI came in 2010 when he made 84 against the Netherlands in Rotterdam and although Scotland lost the match, Berrington showed many what he could do at that level.
Two years ago in Dublin Scotland may have lost to Ireland, but Berrington scored 101 not out and now sitting on 48 ODI appearances he may reach the magic 50 mark in the upcoming series against the UAE.
The two sides are due to meet at the Grange in Edinburgh on Sunday and Tuesday in the World Cricket League.
And after a frustrating few days for both sides in Ayr when rain got the better of their Intercontinental Cup clash they just want to get out there and play some cricket.
Clydesdale man Berrington, now 29, said: “It has been a pretty tough week because the guys were feeling in a good place ahead of the four day match and because we have not had a lot of international cricket in recent months we were raring to go.
“The groundstaff and everyone connected with the match did a great job to try and get in as much cricket as possible, but sometimes the weather wins.
“As we have not been on the pitch much this week the guys have been able to chat about the ODIs with the UAE and we are looking forward to the challenge.
“We know they have a couple of dangerous batsmen that can hit the ball hard if they get going and we will be giving them the respect that they deserve, but we are just concentrating on our own performances.
“In some ways it seems like a long time that I have been around the Scotland set-up and in other ways it has flown by. You always have the next match to look forward to while people are alays after your spot in the team and putting the pressure on so you don’t have much time to look back as you go along.
“Certainly what has changed over the years is the way 50-over cricket is approached around the world.
“The regulations have changed a few times while the way teams play the game has moved on and as a batsman or a bowler you have to be switched on every single ball or you can be punished.
“I have tried to adapt my game as things have gone along and it has been great to play for Scotland in this format so many times.”
Although there has not been a lot of international cricket for Scotland this summer, one of the big pluses for head coach Grant Bradburn has been the emergence of a wider pool of talent knocking on the door for selection.
Mazars Grange’s Chris Sole has forced his way into things for the current matches while the likes of Adrian Neill, Chris Greaves and some of the under-19 players have shown their worth in regional competitions and with the ‘A’ team.
“The depth just now is pleasing to see and getting more guys involved at this level can only help us as we build for 2017 and beyond,” Berrington said.
“Having some of the county boys come up for these matches too is invaluable as we can lean on their experience and move forward as a group.”
Scotland World Cricket League squad:
Preston Mommsen (C), Kyle Coetzer (VC), Richie Berrington, Matthew Cross, Josh Davey, Con de Lange, Alasdair Evans, Michael Leask, Calum MacLeod, Safyaan Sharif, Chris Sole, Craig Wallace, Mark Watt.
Scotland v UAE World Cricket League Fixtures:
14 August, Grange, Edinburgh (Reserve day 15th) 10:45am
16 August, Grange, Edinburgh (Reserve day 17th) 10:45am
Entry to the matches is free of charge