Player Spotlight: Andy McKay
As he gets ready to play in his first CSL Eastern Premiership Edinburgh derby on Saturday former New Zealand international Andy McKay has spoken about his first month in Scotland.
The 36-year-old left arm seamer has taken six wickets to date in three league matches for Watsonians since arriving from his homeland.
Their two wins from two completed matches has left the Myreside men top of the fledgling table, but on Saturday they face a tough test against in-form Heriot’s.
“We have managed to secure good wins against Forfarshire and Stoneywood/Dyce in the league, but we lost to Grange in both the Scottish Cup and the Masterton and we want to start performing consistently,” Andy said.
“There are some really good cricketers at the club and when everyone is settled and fulfilling their role in the team then I think we can go on and have a good summer.
“The guys work hard and are willing to learn and we just have to kick-on and get on a bit of a run. It looks like on their day any team can beat anyone else in the CSL Eastern Premiership so home form and a bit of momentum are going to be key.
“I have played in Scotland before and knew what the early season conditions would be like. I have been pleased to pick up a few wickets, you just have to bowl slightly different areas here as opposed to back home and it can take a bit of getting used to.”
Andy turned out for New Zealand in all forms of the game between 2010 and 2012.
In all he played one Test, 19 ODIs and two T20s and took a total of 30 wickets.
His most famous scalp was in that solitary Test match against India in Nagpur in November 2010.
New Zealand were soundly beaten by the hosts by an innings and 198-runs, but Andy produced a moment he will never forget when he had Sachin Tendulkar caught behind by wicketkeeper Gareth Hopkins for 61.
Now with a young family settled here in Scotland and working in physiotherapy Andy has plenty of things to keep him busy, but he still enjoys playing competitive cricket.
“Whatever level of the game you play at you have to try and play with a smile on your face and I tell all of the youngsters that,” Andy added.
“Winning as a team is such a great feeling and I’m certainly not ready to hang up my boots just yet.
“Looking back on my international career, I was very proud to get the chance to represent my country in a Test match and during a tough stint in the field it was a great moment to manage to get a batsman of the caliber of Tendulkar out.
“I came to international cricket quite late having moved from Auckland to Wellington in 2009 and it seemed to give a boost to my career.
“Every time I turned out for New Zealand it was special, but I guess moments that stick in my mind are definitely that Test wicket and playing two T20 matches against Sri Lanka in Miami.
“Getting called up to the World Cup squad was also an exciting time for me.”