Captains take WT20 trophies to new heights
On Friday 26 June the ICC T20 World Cup trophy and ICC World T20 Qualifier trophy took a trip up the iconic Forth Bridge, along with three Scotland captain’s Preston Mommsen, Abbi Aitken and Neil Flack.
Scotland will host the ICC World T20 Qualifiers next month at Grange, Myreside, Goldenacre and New Williamfield, with fellow Associate members Ireland throughout July.
Sturdy boots, high-visibility jackets and hard hats were required as the men’s, women’s and u19s captains were lifted 330+ feet to the top of the structure as trains continued on their normal route across the Forth. All three captains have World Cup Qualifying events this summer.
Neil Flack, who will lead his fellow U19s into their World Cup Qualifier in Jersey in July said, “It was a great experience to get up there – it was a little higher than I imagined it would be.”
Women’s captain Abbi Aitken, who will travel to Thailand for their T20 World Cup Qualifying tournament at the end of the year, added, “When the idea came about, I’m not going to lie, it was a little daunting – but now that my feet are firmly back on land, all I can say is what an experience. To be able to hold the T20 World Cup, that has been in the hands of some of the best players in the world to ever grace the cricket field is pretty overwhelming!
Couple that with the fact I was holding it 110 metres high, on the top of one of Scotland’s most iconic landmarks was an unforgettable experience! I’m just glad we have some images as proof…I didn’t think I’d ever get up there in the first place!”
Preston Mommsen said, “It was awesome to be up there, I’ve never been to North Queensferry before, and it’s a beautiful little town and we were treated to some amazing views up the top of the bridge.”
“It was great to hold the trophy up there and it was a little reminder that we’re not far away from that tournament beginning and we’re determined to do the job again and qualify.”
The teams functioning well together, especially on the back of performances in Ireland and we’ll be looking to take that momentum into the tournament. It’s not often we get to play these tournaments in home conditions.”
This year commemorates the 125th anniversary of the opening of the Forth Bridge, and is nominated to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Cricket Scotland would like to thank Network Rail for their access and assistance in making these pictures possible.