March 3, 2007


Scotland lose warm-up to the warm-ups

Will Luke

Scotland have lost their warm-up game against a Barbados Select XI in a warm-up to the World Cup warm-ups next week. John Blain, Navdeep Poonia and Glenn Rogers all played for the opposition to give the squad a good run out.

Mike Stanger, a spokesman for the Scottish side, told PA Sport: "It was a warm-up for the warm-ups and it was good for the players to get a game in.

"There were some very good things and some not so good things to come out of the game but it was a training match.

"Obviously we are hoping to be on our mettle for the first of the official warm-ups against Sri Lanka and we expect to be.

"There were no injuries and 14 players played, as well as a 12th man."

Barbados batted first after a rain delay and all-rounder Majid Haq excelled with the ball, taking five for 37, while Wright chipped in with two for 41.

There was one wicket apiece for Dewald Nel and Dougie Brown but, with Paul Hoffmann and Ross Lyons each going wicketless and shipping over 50 runs, the final total of 296 looked a challenge.

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Will Luke
Assistant editor Will opted against a lifetime of head-bangingly dull administration in the NHS, where he had served for two years. In 2005 came a break at Cricinfo where he slotted right in as a ferociously enthusiastic tea drinker and maker, with a penchant for using "frankly" and "marvellous". He also runs The Corridor, a cricket blog where he can be found ranting and raving about all things - some even involving the sport. He is a great-great nephew of Sir Jack Newman, the former Wellingtonian bowler who took two wickets at 127 apiece for New Zealand.

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