Main and Umeed awarded Academy contracts
Two U19 Scottish cricketers have been offered full academy contracts at Warwickshire and Durham for the 2014 season.
Gavin Main and Andrew Umeed both featured in last year’s U19 World Cup in Australia, and were key players in the squad which helped Scotland qualify got the 2014 U19 World Cup in the UAE.
Main, who is currently over in New Zealand as part of the Terry Racionzer Scholarship programme, impressed the Durham coaching staff with his performances’ for the Academy during the 2013 season when making his second XI debut.
The fast bowler finished the season as top Scotland U19 wicket taker (28 wickets as an average of 17.25) with his best figures coming against a Sri Lanka Emerging XI of 5 for 41.
Andrew Umeed will be under the watchful eye of former Scotland all-rounder Dougie Brown at Warwickshire, and will hope to follow in the footsteps of Saltire top-order batsman Freddie Coleman who made his full Warwickshire debut during the 2013 season.
Umeed finished as top Scotland U19 run scorer in the 2013 season – 565 runs at an average of 47.08, including two hundreds.
He has now earned a two year deal with the Bears after claiming the Warwickshire Cricket Board batting averages award, scoring at an average of 89.86, as well as an outstanding performance award for 2013.
His highest score was 166 not out in a two day match for Warwickshire U17s while scoring successive half centuries in the semi-final and the final of the National ECB One Day U17 competition, before finishing the season with 51 for Warwickshire Second XI.
It’s a great accolade for all the coaches who have worked with these players as they have progressed through the Scottish system, interestingly both attended Glasgow High School.