Scotwatch - Magicians beckon for Haggo
Scotland and Prestwick cricketer Samantha Haggo has been selected for New Zealand provincial side Canterbury Magicians for this weekends match against Wellington Blaze .
Haggo, vice captain of the Scotland Wildcats and one of cricket’s 'Champions in Schools', has been wintering in New Zealand to focus solely on her cricket after completing a business degree at University of Glasgow this summer.
Since jetting off to New Zealand in October, Sam has been in impressive from for her club Sydenham in the Christchurch Premier League. In addition to her club’s practice twice a week she was invited to train with the Canterbury Magicians, and was subsequently named in their 2014/15 squad, alongside New Zealand White Ferns players Lea Tahuhu and Amy Satterthwaite.
Sam is not the only internationalist in her family; her uncle was a former wicketkeeper for Scotland and her dad Allan is one of the leading Scottish umpires and features on the ICC Associate & Affiliate International Panel. As well as representing the national side, Sam plays for Prestwick Cricket Club 2nd XI (and occasionally the 1st XI) and Ayr Cricket Club’s Women’s team.
Speaking on her inclusion into the Magicians squad, “I am absolutely delighted to have been selected for the Canterbury Magicians squad. The set-up of the squad is very professional and I’m learning so much each week from my team mates and coaches.
With the Wildcats promoted to Division Two of the ECB County Championships and the recent announcement of the Women's T20 Qualifiers in Thailand next year, it’s definitely driving me to put the yards in even more in my own game. Playing at a World Cup has long been a goal of mine, and hopefully I can use the opportunities presented to me here to make sure I book myself a seat on the plane to the qualifiers.”
Sam Haggo has also been writing a blog for the Cricket Scotland website during her trip.