Scotland coach insists club players can be capped

Grant Bradburn
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After a week in which a couple of Capital cricketers have excelled down south, Scotland head coach Grant Bradburn says all club players have a chance of recognition at a higher level if they perform well in the CSL Eastern Premiership.

Mazars Grange duo Tom Sole and George Munsey have impressed this week while on trial with Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire respectively.

And, with the second round of top-flight league matches for 2015 taking place tomorrow, players from the five Edinburgh clubs will be keen to catch the eye of Bradburn and others in the coming weeks as a busy summer takes shape.

They will also want to cement places in the Reivers squad for the North Sea Pro Series – the event that aims to bridge the gap between club and international cricket – before it gets underway next Friday.

Kiwi Bradburn – who took Carlton trio Preston Mommsen, Hamish Gardiner and Ali Evans to the recent World Cup and had Munsey and Heriot’s spinner Mark Watt in his extended squad – is looking forward to taking in as much club cricket as possible this summer along with his backroom staff.

Bradburn said: “The World Cup adventure was great for all of us who were involved, but of course we were disappointed not to be able to come home with a win. What that competition showed me is that we have a lot of talented cricketers coming through in this country.

“A lot of our good up-and-coming young players also had strong winters playing abroad and we were constantly updated on their progress.

“I expect many of them to start pushing on for full international caps this summer while I am keen to see as many club cricketers playing as I can because if they show the form and desire to play at a higher level then we will try and facilitate that for them. We will try and support them as best they can to help take their cricket to the next level.”

With a whole host of North Sea North Sea Pro Series encounters taking place during May – the Reivers playing fellow Scots the Highlanders as well as two Dutch outfits – and T20 World Cup qualifiers and ICC Intercontinental Cup fixtures coming for Scotland later in the summer, these are exciting times.

For now though Eastern Premiership club cricket is top of the agenda and tomorrow Carlton host RH Corstorphine at Grange Loan.

Last week Carlton won on the road at Arbroath with RH Corstorphine coming out second best at Stoneywood-Dyce.

RH Corstorphine skipper Pete Steindl returns to Grange Loan having coached there last year while overseas amateur Ryan McCloy is set to make a home debut for Carlton.

Elsewhere in the Capital, Watsonians and Heriot’s are looking for first wins of 2015.

Watsonians welcome Falkland to Myreside and will be wary of visiting skipper Safyaan Sharif who is their main danger with both bat and ball.

After being put to the sword by Autoecosse Forfarshire in week one, Heriot’s captain Keith Morton will want to see a reaction from his team as they take on Stoneywood-Dyce at Goldenacre. Grange look set to have former skipper Neil McCallum back following injury while second XI captain Stuart Davidson, who retired from first XI duties in 2013, is poised for a return as they host Arbroath.

Aberdeenshire, meanwhile, take on Forfarshire.