Chris Sole delighted at opportunity to earn first cap
Chris Sole is delighted to have been included in the full Scotland squad for the first time - and he is aiming to make his mark should he get the chance to start in any of the upcoming matches.
Seam bowler Sole, 22, is in the mix to play in the four day Intercontinental Cup match with the UAE that starts next Tuesday in Ayr and the two World Cricket League meetings with the same opposition the following week at The Grange.
And should he make the final XI for any of them proud father David, who famously led Scotland to rugby union Grand Slam glory in 1990 and in total earned 44 caps as well as playing for the British & Irish Lions, will likely be there watching.
Sole has been on the radar of national team head coach Grant Bradburn for a while now and this summer has taken 16 CSL Eastern Premiership wickets for Mazars Grange and performed well for the Eastern Knights and Scotland ‘A’.
As well as his father, his siblings have also made their respective marks on the sporting landscape.
His older brother Jamie has previously played rugby professionally and now plays at Edinburgh Accies while younger brother Tom is a talented cricketer and is on the books at Northants.
Sister Gemma is a well-known Scotland netball cap - and now Sole is keen to add to the family’s list of accolades.
He said: “To get the call-up to the full national team is a great feeling.
“I missed the whole of last season because of a shoulder injury and I was pretty down in the dumps at that point, but I worked hard over the winter to regain my fitness and I managed to start this season with a bang and take wickets at various levels.
“As we are such a sporty family we are always talking about sport or playing sport and it has been great to see what Jamie, Tom and Gemma have achieved.
“When I was injured my dad and my brothers and sister were a great help to me because they all knew what it was like to be out for a spell on the sidelines and they played a big part in me refocusing.
“Dad comes along and watches my games when he can and he has always been there to support me and give me a few tips - while I must also thank my mother because she was the one who used to drive me and my brothers and sisters to sporting activities when we were younger and is still a big help.”
Having been schooled at Merchiston Castle in Edinburgh, Sole then spent a gap year playing cricket in New Zealand.
The right arm bowler believes that experience was very beneficial and since then he has been with Grange.
The former Scotland under-19 cap , as mentioned, missed the 2015 season through injury, only returning with his club in time for the Grand Final against Clydesdale.
That is perhaps why he has been so hungry to succeed this year and, after missing most of July with niggling injuries and a pre-planned trip to Australia, he has hit top form once again.
“I feel like my bowling is going well just now and I know most of the Scotland guys already so I don’t feel like I will be too daunted meeting up with the squad for these matches,” he explained.
“I have just got to keep working hard, do what I do and hope that I am given a run in one of these upcoming matches which are important ones given that Scotland haven’t had much cricket this summer.”
Intercontinental Cup: Preston Mommsen (C), Kyle Coetzer (VC), Richie Berrington, Josh Davey, Con de Lange, Alasdair Evans, Michael Leask, Calum MacLeod, David Murphy, Safyaan Sharif, Chris Sole, Craig Wallace, Mark Watt.
World Cricket League: 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 Fixtures:
- Intercontinental Cup: 9-12 August, New Cambusdoon, Ayr, 11am start each day
- World Cricket League: 14 August, Grange, Edinburgh (Reserve day 15th) 10:45am
- World Cricket League: 16 August, Grange, Edinburgh (Reserve day 17th) 10:45am
Entry to all matches is free of charge