Warriors visit Knights for T20 Blitz clash

23 May

Warriors captain Con de Lange in action Western Warriors last night snapped-up Scotland prospect Tom Bruce in time for Tuesday's CS T20 Blitz clash with Eastern Knights. 

New Zealander Bruce, who qualifies for the Saltires through his Scottish dad, made a stunning representative debut last week with a century for a Development XI against Durham Academy.

And the top order batsman, who boasts a first-class average of 46 for Central Districts, will step up his bid for a full cap when he plays for the Warriors in the remainder of this season’s regional T20 and Pro50 campaigns. 

Cricket Scotland’s performance director Andy Tennant declared: “Each region is entitled to field an overseas player or non-domicile player with potential eligibility to play for Scotland. 

“Clearly Bruce is someone who may very quickly come onto the radar of the Scotland selectors given his first class pedigree and recent form.” 

The Warriors, bidding to bounce back from their opening day defeat to Caley Highlanders, hope to have Richie Berrington fit in time for today’s clash at The Grange. 

Meanwhile, the Knights, making their first appearance in this season’s Blitz, have also strengthened their squad with the inclusion of Tom Beaton. 

Aussie Beaton, 25, played for the Melbourne Renegades in last season’s Big Bash and is a former captain of Australia U19s. 

Beaton comes in for former Durham youngster Dylan Budge who has a long-term injury. 

Eastern Knights: A Brock capt, T Beaton, J Hearn, P Mommsen, N Farrar, M Watt, A Baum, T Sole, H Aslam, C Sole, A Evans, R Routray. 

Western Warriors: C de Lange capt, M Awais, R Berrington, M English, T Bruce, F Jawad, N Smith, A Shahzad, M Rao, H Tahir, A Sabri, O Shah, I Malik.

By Cricket Media, Images Donald MacLeod

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