Munsey set for Scotland bow against New Zealand A

Mazar Grange's George Munsey
Mazar Grange's George Munsey
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Mazars Grange all-rounder George Munsey is in line to gain his first Scotland cricket caps next week after being included in new coach Grant Bradburn’s squads for three one day internationals against New Zealand A at Ayr on Friday and Sunday followed by a third meeting at Raeburn Place on Thursday week.

Munsey joins fellow Edinburgh players Hamish Gardiner and Ally Evans but a third Carlton player, Preston Mommsen, is unavailable after breaking a finger during the club’s weekend win over Watsonians.

Mommsen had been in line to captain Scotland with Kyle Coetzer required by Northamptonshire. That task now falls to Sussex all-rounder Matt Machan for the first two matches.

David Murphy joins the squad for all three matches as he returns from a hand injury which has kept him out of the majority of Northants’ domestic season.

The selection of Munsey, though, adds another twist to a remarkable sporting career.

It was a golf scholarship that brought him north to Loretto School but cricket began to command his attentions apart from last winter when a back injury laid him low for several months.

Now fully recovered and a key performer in last week’s Scotland trial, Munsey could figure alongside Durham’s Calum MacLeod when he returns for the final fixture in Edinburgh after county commitments rule him out of the Ayr fixtures

New Zealand A – known as the Black Caps – have beaten England Lions and Sri Lanka A on their current tour.

Looking ahead to next year’s World Cup coach Bradburn says: “With precious few game opportunities remaining this summer, the NZ “A” series and the Ireland series away in September will serve as important opportunities for players to confirm their skills at international level.”

Scotland squads:

August 15 at Ayr: Matt Machan (captain), Hamish Gardiner, Craig Wallace, George Munsey, Richie Berrington, Josh Davey, Michael Leask, Majid Haq, David Murphy, Safyaan Sharif, Iain Wardlaw, Alasdair Evans

August 17 at Ayr: Matt Machan (captain), Hamish Gardiner, Craig Wallace, George Munsey, Richie Berrington, Josh Davey, Michael Leask, Majid Haq, David Murphy, Safyaan Sharif, Iain Wardlaw, Alasdair Evans, Freddie Coleman.

August 21 at Grange: Calum MacLeod, Hamish Gardiner, Craig Wallace, George Munsey, Richie Berrington, Josh Davey, Michael Leask, Majid Haq, David Murphy, Safyaan Sharif, Iain Wardlaw, Alasdair Evans, Rob Taylor.

• Mazars Grange’s bid to retain the national Murgitroyd Masterton Twenty20 has been put on hold after yesterday’s scheduled finals at Poloc were washed out.