Scots leave place for Hamilton (11 February 1999)

11 February 1999

Scots leave place for Hamilton

By Keith Graham

SCOTLAND'S selectors have left the World Cup door open for Gavin Hamilton by naming a 14-man squad plus four reserves.

Should the Scottish-born Yorkshire all-rounder fail to gain a place in the England squad, due to be named on Feb 28, he would fill the 15th place.

The only other major surprise is the relegation of Craig Wright to reserve. The West of Scotland medium-pacer won the man-of-the-match award in last season's NatWest first-round triumph over Worcestershire after taking five for 25. Should Hamilton be required by England, Wright would presumably move up.

Although the captain, George Salmond, has plenty of bowling options, the selection of only four front-line batsmen leaves that department a little short of experience.

Scotland go to Sharjah in April before playing three warm-up games against counties, Their first World Cup match is against Australia at Worcester on May 16.

SCOTLAND SQUAD: G Salmond (Grange, capt), M Allingham (Heriot's), J Blain (Northants), J Brinkley (unatt), A Butt (Heriot's), A Davies (West Lothian), N Dyer (Chichester), B Patterson (Ayr), I Philip (Stenhousemuir), K Sheridan (Poloc), M Smith (Aberdeenshire), I Stanger (Clydesdale), P Steindl

(unatt), G Williamson (Clydesdale).

Source :: Electronic Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)

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