The Saltires welcome Derbyshire and Surrey
The Scottish Saltires will resume their Yorkshire Bank 40 campaign this weekend as they welcome Derbyshire and Surrey to the Grange in Edinburgh.
Derbyshire are expected to have the likes of former West Indian captain Shivnarine Chanderpaul in their ranks. Chanderpaul has recently joined an exclusive list to achieve the feat of reaching 300 first class matches - Denis Compton, Sachin Tendulkar, Garfield Sobers, Ranjitsinhji, Graeme Hick and Barry Richards the only others to have achieved the landmark.
Derbyshire and Scotland seamer Ali Evans will be hoping for the call to face his Scottish team-mates at the Grange.
The last time Derbyshire travelled north in 2007 they came out as 6 wicket victors in a match that saw current Saltire Majid Haq open the batting, scoring 30, and seamer Dewald Nel taking 3/23 from his 10 over spell.
Ahead of the fixture Derbyshire head coach Karl Krikken said “The time we have had before the Scotland game has given us the opportunity to get into the white ball and has given us the chance to work hard to help us improve and move forward. We enjoyed a successful T20 friendly this week and an internal practice game which has given plenty of time facing the white ball.
Surrey will also make their final trip north, with 2013 being the final time that the Saltires will compete in an ECB competition.
The hosts will be hoping to improve on their 18-run Duckworth Lewis defeat to Surrey when the teams met at the Grange in May last season, with the return fixture at the Kia Oval being washed out.
Freddie Coleman will be looking to improve on his 32 against the same opponents during the week representing Oxford to go with the 62 runs he scored in the Saltires last YB40 match against Essex.
The Saltires will be led by Preston Mommsen as his group of promising young cricketers will expecting to put in two strong performances against their English counterparts.
Saltires coach Pete Steindl added, “The Yorkshire Bank fixtures will give the players who missed out on a place in the Scotland squad against Pakistan to press their case for full representative honours later in the summer.”
Preston Mommsen, Richie Berrington, Calvin Burnett, Ewan Chalmers, Freddie Coleman, Matthew Cross, Gordon Drummond, Gordon Goudie, Majid Haq , Moneeb Iqbal, Michael Leask, Calum MacLeod, Dewald Nel.
Chesney Hughes, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Billy Godleman, Paul Borrington, Wayne Madsen, Alex Hughes, Richard Johnson, David Wainwright, Tim Groenwald, Mark Turner, Mark Footitt, Alasdair Evans
Gareth Batty*, Jason Roy, Steven Davies+, Vikram Solanki, Zander de Bruyn, Gary Wilson, Rory Burns, Tom Jewell, Jon Lewis, Gary Keedy, Stuart Meaker, Chris Tremlett, Jade Dernbach, Tom Curran, Tim Linley, Zafar Ansari
Both matches will be a 1:45 start and tickets will be available on the gate priced at £15 Adult, £10 Concession and £5 Children (U16).