Saltires squad traveling to Essex
The Scottish Saltires head to Chelmsford this weekend to take on Essex for their fifth Yorkshire Bank 40 clash of 2013.
Scotland’s leading One Day International wicket taker Majid Haq will miss out due to a hamstring injury he sustained against Surrey, while Richie Berrington is still out due to illness. Both are being rested in preparation for the four day first class game against a strong Australia A side which starts on Friday the 7th of June at the Grange.
New Zealand international Tom Latham will play his first match for the Saltires. The 21 year old aggressive top-order batsman, who plays for Canterbury back in his homeland, made his full ODI debut for New Zealand against Zimbabwe in February 2012 and has played 8 ODIs.
Latham was due to make his debut as the overseas player for the Saltires at the start of their YB40 campaign but this was delayed due to his New Zealand selection for the recently completed test tour of England.
Calum MacLeod will hope to build on his return to form after scoring a well-crafted 59 against a Surrey attack packed with England internationalists at the Grange last weekend, in a narrow 14 run defeat for the Saltires.
Freddie Coleman has the chance to add to his run-tally against Essex after scoring 64 during a 123 run partnership with Saltires captain Preston Mommsen back in the middle of May.
Saltires captain Preston Mommsen said ahead of the fixture, “The initial 4 games have certainly been challenging but one thing we've managed to do is stick in, and take the games deep.
As a squad we've had the past week to reflect on our opening round of matches. We know there have been points throughout each game where we've had the opportunities to take firm control of the game. Moving forward this will be a huge target for us, to identify and take opportunities when they arise. “
When asked about the challenge the Saltires will face on Sunday he added, “Essex present another massive opportunity as we seek our first win of the campaign - I’m excited to see a strong all-round performance from the players, to give ourselves the best chance we can.”
Saltires Squad v Essex
Preston Mommsen, Calvin Burnett, Ewan Chalmers, Freddie Coleman, Matthew Cross, Gordon Drummond, Gordon Goudie, Moneeb Iqbal, Tom Latham, Michael Leask, Calum MacLeod, Dewald Nel.