Heriot’s Mark Watt selected for Scotland in World Twenty20

Heriot's spinner Mark Watt. Pic: Neil Hanna
Heriot's spinner Mark Watt. Pic: Neil Hanna
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Capital teenager Mark Watt has secured a place in the Scotland cricket squad for next month’s ICC World Twenty20 event in India.

The 19-year-old Heriot’s spinner took five wickets against the Netherlands in a friendly win on Friday in Dubai and the haul could not have come at a better time.

Scotland head coach Grant Bradburn has named him in the 15-man squad for the big tournament.

Watt is joined by Carlton’s Preston Mommsen, who captains the squad, Ali Evans (also Carlton) and George Munsey (Mazars Grange).

Bradburn said: “It is great to be announcing an extremely strong and well balanced Twenty20 squad for India.

“We have an excellent mix of youth and experience across the squad, with every player offering dynamic specific skills in this format.

“We have five warm-up fixtures in India to adapt to conditions and to complete our team preparation to unleash our very best skills, at this global tournament.”

Scotland’s first match in the ICC World Twenty20 tournament is against Afghanistan on March 8.

Scotland squad: Preston Mommsen (captain), Kyle Coetzer (vice-captain), Ali Evans, Calum MacLeod, Con de Lange, Gavin Main, George Munsey, Josh Davey, Mark Watt, Matt Machan, Matthew Cross, Michael Leask, Richie Berrington, Rob Taylor, Safyaan Sharif.