Scotswatch | Post Pakistan
Following the series against Pakistan last weekend a number of Scotland and Saltires players have been in action with their respective counties and universities this week.
Freddie Coleman might well have the opportunity to face the Surrey attack twice in a week, after turning out for Oxford MCCU against the men from the Kia Oval. He looked comfortable in the first innings, scoring 32 in a 74 run partnership, until a rising delivery by Jon Lewis flicked his gloves and he was caught behind, as Oxford made 212 in their first innings.
The university then bowled out their opponents for 233 in the three day fixture with the former Scotland U19 player still to bat in the second innings with rain currently holding up any play.
Elsewhere, three Scots are involved in the fixture between Loughborough MCCU and Northants. Newly named Scotland skipper Kyle Coetzer has been handed the captain’s duties for his county, managing 38 runs, while David Murphy contributed 27 to their first day’s score.
Saltire Matthew Cross claimed four catches behind the stumps during the Steelbacks initial innings, as the county-outfit are currently 165/5 from 40 overs after the first day was interrupted due to the wet weather.
Craig Wallace has also made an appearance for Durham against Lancashire in a 40 over second eleven fixture this week, coming on the back of a number of impressive displays for Scotland A and the Development XI this season.
In an exciting encounter chasing Lancashire’s 236, Wallace (35 from 25 balls) and centurion Singh got the Riverside outfit within touching distance of a win requiring a boundary off the last ball - although it wasn’t to be.
Durham 2XI coach Jon Lewis said afterwards, “Although it is never pleasing to come second in a contest there were many aspects that were pleasing especially with the age and experience of the side.
"We fought well and showed the aggression and energy in the field we had been looking for,” Lewis said.
"There were good partnerships in the run chase based around an excellent innings from Singh and a fighting cameo from Wallace at the end.”