KNCB and CS announce Pro Team matches
Cricket Scotland and the KNCB are delighted to announce a series of challenge matches to be played in July between their newly established Pro Teams.
Scotland recently launched a new look regional performance structure, with a series of matches in all three formats between the two new Pro Teams, known simply as the Reivers and the Highlanders. The Netherlands have also built on their successful North v South Series with the introduction of an enhanced Pro Series, contested between the South Holland Seafarers and the North Holland Hurricanes.
The Challenge Series will take place simultaneously, with the Reivers hosting the Seafarers in back to back 50 over and T20 matches at Ayr on the 16th, 17th of July, while the Dutch leg sees the Hurricanes take on the Highlanders in the Netherlands on the same days.
Both countries hope that the series will be the first step towards the creation of a broader European Inter Pro Cricket League and is a key objective for both nations in their quest to graduate from Associate Membership of the ICC.
Both Scotland and the Netherlands have benefited from funding support from the ICC TAPP (Targeted Assistance Performance Programme) to assist in the establishment of their respective domestic performance structures.
Cricket Scotland Performance Director Andy Tennant said, “We are excited about the prospect of Pro Team cricket against our Dutch counterparts and I am sure the games will be of a high level and extremely competitive. We strongly believe the establishment of a professional domestic European competition is fundamental to raising the standard of cricket in our respective countries.”
Netherlands High Performance Manager/National Coach Peter Drinnen commented, “This is a real reinforcement of the Netherlands intentions to embed a professional playing structure in the 50 over and T20 formats and these matches together with our own Hurricanes v Seafarers games in-country will go a long way to bridging the gap between club cricket and the international game.”