Lothian cricketers gear up for Japan test at Myreside

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Holy CROSS, Murrayfield DAFS, Edinburgh South and Musselburgh are all set to 
have two players apiece in 
representative action tomorrow 
when an ESCA select XI 
cricket team take on Japan at Myreside.

The East of Scotland Cricket Association were delighted to be asked to put together a squad of 12 to take on the 
touring team.

The Japanese have been in the country all week to celebrate cricketing links between the two nations that stretch back to the 19th century.

The “home” squad is made up of players from eight clubs who play in the East Leagues, which kicked off for the new campaign last weekend.

The Holy Cross duo set to be involved are Simon McOscar and Shannon Bonfield, with Mangesh Akerkar and Amol Deshmukh representing 
Murrayfield DAFS.

Club captain Will George and Ian Astley will be flying the flag for Edinburgh South in the fixture, with Astley as 12th man. Whether he gets on the park or not, it will be an exciting day for him as, in his day job, he is a senior lecturer in Japanese at the University of Edinburgh and is the former coach of the Japanese national side.

Musselburgh pair Kevin 
Dilly and Rene Collins will be representing East Lothian, with the squad completed by Pete Macksimczyk (Marchmont), Stephen Broom (St Boswells), Greig Hopcroft (Glenrothes) and Alex Anderson (Largo).

Bruce Dixon from ESCA said: “It should be a great day and we look forward to giving our visitors a warm welcome.”

The match begins at noon and will be 50-overs-a-side.