Scotland name summer squad
Andy Moles has included four county players in Scotland's 24-man squad for this summer's ICC Trophy and National League tournaments. Dougie Brown from Warwickshire, John Blain of Yorkshire and Gavin Hamilton and Kyle Coetzer from Durham add valuable experience to the squad but will have to juggle their county and Scottish commitments.
Moles has also got one eye on the future by including Richard Berrington, a 17-year-old allrounder from Greenock, and Gordon Goudie from Stoneywood, who is on the MCC Young Cricketers scheme at Lord's.
"While we have a pretty established and settled first-choice team, it is important fringe players get suitable encouragement," explained Moles. "We may need them to step into the team at any time and at short notice."
Scotland's main aim for the 2005 season is to qualify for the next World Cup in the West Indies by finishing in the top five of the ICC Trophy in Ireland. It is also the last of the three-year trail period for the Scottish Saltires in the National League, from 2006 they will play in a revamped C&G Trophy at the start of the English summer.
The final 14-man squad for the ICC Trophy has to be confirmed by the end of May.
Scotland squad Asim Butt (Heriots), Richard Berrington (Greenock), John Blain (Yorkshire), Dougie Brown (Warwickshire), James Brinkley (Worcester Town CC), Kyle Coetzer (Durham), Shaun Coetzer (Stoneywood-Dyce), Cedric English (Carlton), Gordon Goudie (Stoneywood-Dyce), Gavin Hamilton (Durham), Majid Haq (Ferguslie), Paul Hoffman (Uddingston), Steven Knox (Grange), Dougie Lockhart (West of Scotland), Gregor Maiden (Grange), Dewald Nel (Heriots), Colin Smith (Aberdeenshire), Simon Smith (Grange), Ian Stanger (Greenock), Ryan Watson (Forfarshire), Fraser Watts (Carlton), Greig Williamson (Clydesdale), Craig Wright (Greenock), Yasir Arafat (Clydesdale).