Scotswatch | Players in County action
It’s been a busy few days for many members of the Scotland national squad as preseason begins for many of the English counties in conditions which has seen numerous jumpers, hats and gloves on show around the county grounds.
On Tuesday former Scotland U19 opening bowler Paddy Sadler was leading out his Cambridge MCCU team to face Leicestershire CCC in a 40 over encounter at Fenners . The Foxes came out on top with current Scotland internationalist Rob Taylor finishing with figures of 6-0-28-1.
Taylor was then in action against another former Scotland U19 star the following day at Grace Road, as he lined up against Matthew Cross who is on trial at Nottinghamshire. The young batsmen from Aberdeen certainly made an impression, registering an aggressive 39-ball 50 that included seven fours and two sixes.
Tight bowling from Taylor again eventually saw Leicestershire home with a 63-run victory as the Scotland all-rounder finished with figures of 8-0-43-3. He is now in action in a 2 day fixture against the same opposition.
After the match Leicestershire and Ireland international Niall O’Brien tweeted that he was impressed with the performance of Cross who will be looking to push for full representative honours this season. This could well see him turn out for the Saltires in their YB40 campaign.
It was another native Aberdonian, Kyle Coetzer, making an impact for Northampton against Middlesex in a 2 day friendly. There was no Josh Davey in the Panthers side, but Scots Kyle Coetzer and David Murphy were in action for the Steelbacks.
Coetzer used his time in the middle to good effect, eventually retiring after completing a half-century from 112 balls. Murphy batted with Middlebrook for 10.5 overs before the innings ended with Northamptonshire 221-6: Middlebrook was 38 not out and Murphy 13 not out at the end of the day.
Alisdair Evans, who is currently under contract with Derbyshire, wasn’t in action in the middle but he was part of the club's media day on a bitterly cold Thursday at the County Ground!