Scotswatch - Umeed scores century on Championship debut

23 May
Scotland rookie Andy Umeed made a dream start to is English County Championship career yesterday by hitting a century on his competition debut for Warwickshire.

The former Uddingston, Poloc and West of Scotland batsman outshone Test star team-mates Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott as he occupied the crease almost all of the opening day against Durham at Edgbaston.

He is the first Scot to strike a ton on his maiden championship appearance since Ally Storie made 106 for Northamptonshire against Hampshire in May 1985.

Umeed’s ex-Scotland age-group coach Craig Wright led the tributes, saying: “I'm really chuffed for Andy.

“He has worked incredibly hard and shown great focus on developing his game to get to this point, ever since he was a tiny kid at West.

“His dad, Isaac, will also be really proud as he has invested a lot of time and energy in him.  

“Andy has a great temperament for a top order batsman, and I'm sure this will be the first of many hundreds for Warwickshire - and hopefully for Scotland.”

Glasgow-born Umeed, 20, put on 120 for the first wicket with Varun Chopra before embarking on a partnership of 75 with skipper Bell, who was removed by Brydon Carse for 38.

Carse then claimed the scalp of Trott for just s single.

But an unruffled Umeed kept up the momentum to pass the three-figure milestone in the 66th over by pushing medium pacer James Weighhell for two.

Umeed, who has one Scotland cap, then holed out to Barry McCarthy off England seamer Graham Onions for 101.

He had faced 204 balls, 11 of which were boundaries.

Michael Leask also made his full debut for Somerset in the Natwest Blast on Friday night, but couldn't help his side slip to defeat against Kent.

Matt Machan was also another Scot in action with a solid contribution of 31 runs from 12 deliveries for Sussex as they defeated Gloucestershire at Hove. 

By Cricket Media, Photos Ian Potts, Getty

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