NZ 'A' set to visit Scotland
Cricket Scotland can today confirm that three Scotland fixtures against a New Zealand ‘A’ side will take place at New Cambusdoon and the Grange this summer.
Ayr Cricket Club will host the first two 50 over games in August, confirmed for the 15th and 17th, before the teams head for their final match in Edinburgh on the 21st of the month.
Scotland return to Ayr for the first time since defeating Canada in an ODI in 2012, a match which resulted in a 4 wicket Scotland win.
It will provide Scottish supporters with a chance to get a glimpse of some of New Zealand’s top players vying for a place in the Black Caps, including-potentially-former Scottish Saltire Tom Latham.
Ayr CC have a very close association with New Zealand with three former Black Caps in Michael Papps, Hamish Rutherford and Matt Horne both being highly successful professionals at the club.
With the Scotland team having recently won the ICC World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand, the team will be preparing for their return to the country for the Cricket World Cup next year.
‘’We are delighted to welcome the New Zealand ‘A’ team to Scotland for three matches. Scotland and New Zealand are countries closely linked culturally and historically, as well as through sport” commented Cricket Scotland Chief Executive, Roddy Smith.
“I am sure the large Scottish diaspora in New Zealand will follow these games closely as well as supporting the squad when they play the four world cup games on the south island next February and March, even though our first game is against hosts New Zealand in Dunedin.
Smith concluded, “Forging close links with New Zealand Cricket has been a huge benefit to Cricket Scotland, and we are very grateful to them for agreeing to travel to Scotland for these three matches.’’
These fixtures will add to a summer that will see Scotland take on England at Mannofield, and Ireland in Dublin.
The matches have been made possible through support from the ICC's Targeted Assistance Performance Programme.