13 Results for month: 06/2016

Penicuik Out To Cause A Shock

Given that they are up against Mazars Grange in Friday night’s Murgitroyd Masterton Trophy final, Stuart&Stuart Penicuik know they will be the underdogs, but they are looking forward to the showpiece event. The final of the Twenty20 tournament in the East starts at 6pm at Carlton’s Grange Loan ground in Edinburgh with the winners progressing to ... More

Scotland v Afghanistan

It’s easy to fling mud at selectors. And, given the weather which has blighted Scottish cricket in recent days, there is certainly plenty of mud lying around. So one hesitates to be overly critical of the Scotland squad which has just been announced for the important brace of ODIs against Afghanistan at The Grange on July 4 and 6. The 13-man squad ... More

Drysdale’s Column: More Ireland ODI’s

I know that some people might be fed up of having questions of nationality flung at them, so let’s make it quick. If you were a cricketer in the Associate world at the moment, where would you prefer to be playing? Would it be in Scotland, where high-profile ODIs are thin on the ground and there is a painful dearth of opportunities to prove your worth ... More

Player Spotlight: Elliot Ruthven

It has been quite a few weeks for young SMRH seam bowler Elliot Ruthven - and the determined character is now looking forward to the rest of the campaign. Having impressed for the Baillie Gifford ESCA Championship outfit from Inverleith last summer and at the start of this the 20-year-old earned a call-up to the Eastern Knights squad for the Cricket ... More

ICC Conference: Hosted in Edinburgh

I suppose we should be gratified that they're coming and I'm sure the delegates will be royally pampered when they turn up for an ICC congress in Edinburgh next week. The spin will be that cricket's governing body is gracing the Scottish capital with their presence for nearly a week while they discuss the sport's future. But this meeting might as easily ... More

Village Cup: Freuchie Face English Opposition

If you've ever visited Freuchie on afternoons when they compete in the National Village Cup, you will readily understand why the little Fife community's name is inextricably linked with the event. There are always scores of cars packed around the boundary edge. And tough-as-teak characters chewing their fingernails in the clubhouse and exhorting their ... More

Drysdale’s Column – McKay Bags 9

Andy McKay enjoyed banner headlines across the Scottish press last weekend and you can't really argue with anybody who records the magnificent figures of nine for 9 to steer his team to victory. So why was it that the newspaper coverage of this particular achievement slightly depressed me? Well, for starters, McKay isn't some rising star on the Scottish ... More

Player Spotlight: Safyaan Sharif

There was widespread praise for Safyaan Sharif’s swashbuckling innings which nearly yielded a remarkable victory against Ireland A in Ayr this week. The 25-year-old Scotland player has never lacked ability with bat or ball, but the fashion in which he blazed his way to 133 not out impressed many observers as a testimony to the fashion in which the ... More

Drysdale’s Column – Irish ODI’s

It’s amazing the craic and the conversations that you bump into when you visit a cricket club during the summer. I was at Mannofield in Aberdeen on Thursday and started chatting to an amiable gentleman with a lilting Irish accent. He was interested by the various pieces of memorabilia around the bar area: the signed bat bearing Sir Richard Hadlee’s ... More

Player Spotlight: William Porterfield

Ever since he embarked on his love affair with cricket, William Porterfield has been dreaming of playing at the highest level of the game. And when we spoke this week, it was impossible not to detect the Irish captain's enthusiasm as he contemplated the prospect of walking on to the Test stage a few years hence. Yet there is something refreshingly ... More