Leask ready for second Ireland clash
There was a sense of frustration in the Scotland camp as the team awoke on Tuesday on the back of their 7 wicket defeat to Ireland in Malahide on Monday.
It wasn’t the most enthralling of encounters for the neutral, with Scotland having to concede that their performance was considerably under par. Ireland made full use of the conditions to come out on top.
One positive from a Caledonian perspective was the performance of Michael Leask, who originates from Stoneywood-Dyce in the north of Scotland.
The 23 year-old has a positive aggressive outlook when he goes out to ply his trade, and is always proud of donning the Scotland jersey.
After a training session on Tuesday he told Cricket Scotland, “We’re determined to get back on the horse and look to get one over on them now. I think we obviously felt the hurt from that loss, and we need to start executing what we failed to do yesterday, really."
Leask, who reached his maiden 50 from as many balls on Monday, said, “The longer I was in the middle the more comfortable I felt, but unfortunately I fell a bit short of what I wanted to achieve out there.
“The last few weeks have been a bit of a struggle and I’ve not been hitting them as well as I would have wanted, so to grind it out yesterday at the start and then find a bit of form again was nice.
It was my first half-century in One Day International cricket - it was a good feeling and I hope I can get a few more of them”, he added
Rewards have started to appear: Northants have taken an interest in Leask and have invited him down to train and be part of their limited overs squad during the 2015 season, after a loan spell in 2014.
One feels that if he keeps producing eye-catching performances, such as he did during Monday’s fixture, more opportunities will start to present themselves.
He fully expects the Scotland troops to be ready for battle during the final two fixtures in the hope of turning around a 1-0 deficit.
"Our batting needs to be more disciplined tomorrow, if we bat first it’s important we set up a good enough total for our bowlers to bowl at.”
The final two matches will be streamed live on the Cricket Scotland website and will start at 10:15am