Preview -Eastern Knights v Seafarers NSPS Final
Eastern Knights coach John Blain is relishing the opportunity for his Pro Series champions to test their skills against Dutch counterparts the South Holland Seafarers.
The pair go head-to-head at New Williamfield, Stirling, tomorrow (Thu) with the North Sea Trophy up for grabs.
The one-off final in the 50-over format replaces the extended structure which saw four teams battle it out in both 50-over and T20 competitions last year.
And Blain believes the encounter is a fitting finale for his troops who got the better of both the Caledonian Highlanders and the Western Warriors earlier in the summer.
He said: “It has been nine weeks since our last Eastern Knights fixture so the lads are looking forward to getting back together as a group.
“We proved our collective strength by winning the 2016 Pro Series in both white-ball formats when we had contributions from all quarters.”
Blain added: “I am personally interested in pitting this team against our Dutch counterparts to gauge the quality of cricket within Holland relative to our own.
“One thing I do know for certain is that there will be some wonderful talent on show, which should make for an exciting match.”
Blain’s side shows five changes from their last 50-over encounter – a match against Western Warriors in late June which was abandoned at the halfway stage.
Tom Beaton, the Australian Big Bash star, has since returned home while Euan Chalmers, Hugo Southwell, Andrew Brock and Alex Baum are absent.
However, Scotland batsman George Munsey returns along with Tom Sole and Chayank Gosain while there are debuts for wicket-keeper Schalk Conradie’s brother Henk and Carlton and Scotland U19 bowler Cameron Shoebridge.
Blain said: “Our strength is again highlighted by the selection for this game with the quality of players we have brought in.”
Knights: P Mommsen (Capt), G Munsey, H Conradie, S Conradie w/k, M Watt, H Aslam, C Shoebridge, T Sole, A Evans, C Gosain, E Ruthven.