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It has been a good shortened summer for Scots playing top-level cricket down south in England – and Josh Davey will look to make it an even better one this week.
Davey turned 30 in early August, but there has been no signs of him slowing down and indeed he has hit a purple patch.
The seam bowler, who has played 31 ODIs and 21 T20Is for Scotland over the years, has taken 24 wickets in the four day Bob Willis Trophy to date for Somerset.
That haul has catapulted them into the final which takes place – over five days – at the famous Lord’s ground in London this week against Essex.
Along with Craig Overton, Lewis Gregory and Jack Brooks he has formed a formidable pace attack and the final, which starts on Wednesday at 10.30am, will be shown via Sky Sports on the Sky Sports Cricket YouTube channel while the BBC will show the live stream on the BBC Sport website and BBC iPlayer.
Scotland seamer Brad Wheal played three matches for Hampshire in the event, taking five wickets.
As well as Davey, another Scot who has been grabbing the highlights of late has been Sarah Bryce.
The 20-year-old wicketkeeper/batter scored 395 runs in six 50-over-a-side matches for the Lightning side, including a superb 136 not out in her last outing against and four other 50s.
Bryce’s runs were not enough to take the Lightning to the final of the competition, but her calm head opening the batting and the way she paces an innings has now been seen by a much wider audience – and many were very impressed.
And her older sister Kathryn, the 22-year-old skipper of the Lightning and of Scotland, also performed very well in the six games.
She took 14 scalps with her swinging seamers to top the competition’s wicket takers list before the final while she also weighed in with 141 runs with the bat. Her best haul with the ball was 5/29.
Twenty-two-year-old spinner Kirstie Gordon, the former Scotland cap who now plays for England, took three wickets in her three matches for the Lightning.
The final of the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Trophy takes place this coming Sunday when the Southern Vipers face the Northern Diamonds at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
Current Scotland batsmen Calum MacLeod and George Munsey have been playing in the Vitality T20 Blast as has all-rounder Tom Sole.
MacLeod’s Sussex Sharks are through to the quarter-finals and they will host Lancashire Lightning in the last eight next Thursday, October 1.
Munsey’s Hampshire are unfortunately out, but Sole’s Northants Steelbacks are taking on Gloucestershire in Bristol next Thursday in their quarter-final.
MacLeod was brought in late by Sussex after Phil Salt was called up by England – and the 31-year-old wasted no time in making an impact.
He has scored 93 runs to date in six games including a very important 40 from 40 balls batting number six last Sunday as they saw off Essex at Chelmsford to make the knock-out stages.
An injury meant that left handed hard hitter Munsey, 27, could only play in five of Hampshire’s matches and he scored 55 runs with a high score of 32.
Sole, 24, has played in three of Northants’ matches to date, high scoring with 25 and taking five catches.