Mazars Grange sign John Blain

John Blain

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Scottish Cup holders Mazars Grange today announced the signing of record-breaking Scottish cricketer John Blain as a player/coach for next season.

In what will be seen as a major coup, the Raeburn Place club have acquired the services of the 35-year-old former Northamptonshire and Yorkshire pro, who has latterly been turning out for West of Scotland.

Originally from Penicuik, pace bowler Blain was first capped in 1996 aged 16, becoming Scotland’s youngest internationalist since 1890. At the 1999 World Cup, his ten wickets at a strike rate of 22.3 was the best in the tournament.

Blain left Yorkshire in 2010 after coaching the Academy side, and at Grange he will replace Mike Powell (ex-Warwickshire).

Grange official Bobby Frazer said: “John’s role is across all levels of cricket. In particular he will help develop a very successful junior section who are holders of national cups at under-15 and under-13 level.”

Blain, who had a spell with Heriot’s early in his career after leaving Penicuik, will also have a role at Loretto school, where Powell has been working.