Five Capital-based cricketers are today travelling south with the Scottish Saltires hoping to help them to their first Yorkshire Bank 40 win of the campaign of 2013 tomorrow.
The squad headed to Essex for the match on the back of a disappointing home double-header with defeats against Derbyshire and Surrey.
In patches of both those matches the side showed what they can do, notably Preston Mommsen’s 42 in the first match and Calum MacLeod’s 59 the day later, but they need to be more consistent.
Those defeats added to losses against Hampshire and tomorrow’s opponents.
The squad, without key men Richie Berrington and Majid Haq through illness and injury, are boosted by the inclusion of New Zealand international Tom Latham.
The 21-year-old is an aggressive top-order batsman, who plays for Canterbury back in his homeland and made his full ODI debut for New Zealand against Zimbabwe in February 2012.
Latham was due to make his debut as the overseas player for the Saltires at the start of their campaign, but this was delayed due to his New Zealand selection for the recently completed test tour of England.
The five Edinburgh-based players who will hope to be in the starting XI are skipper Preston Mommsen, Watsonians’ duo Ewan Chalmers and Dewald Nel, Carlton’s Gordon Drummond and Grange’s Gordon Goudie.
There is a chance that Nel may be recalled to open the bowling alongside Goudie, the latter on a high after three wickets against Surrey.
Carlton man Mommsen said: “As a squad we’ve had the past week to reflect on our opening round of matches. We know there have been points throughout each game where we’ve had the opportunities to take firm control of the game. Moving forward this will be a huge target for us, to identify and take opportunities when they arise. “
The Saltires squad is: Preston Mommsen, Calvin Burnett, Ewan Chalmers, Freddie Coleman, Matthew Cross, Gordon Drummond, Gordon Goudie, Moneeb Iqbal, Tom Latham, Michael Leask, Calum MacLeod, Dewald Nel.