|ICC 6 Nations Challenge: UAE, February-March 2004|
Craig Wright (Captain)
Recently appointed Marketing Manager with Cricket Scotland (and formerly a development officer with the organization), Craig has captained the side since 2002. Now firmly established at the helm, he was the outstanding player of Scotland’s initial season in the National Cricket League alongside English County sides in the 2003 season. An all-rounder in the true sense of the word, he played grade cricket in Australia – where as a player/coach he guided his club to back-to-back premiership titles - in an effort to improve his game. That experience, added to his ability and capacity to work on his game, is shown in the maturity he brings to his roles in the side.
Having appeared in the Scottish National Cricket League, John was an integral member of the 1999 World Cup side before becoming a professional cricketer with Northamptonshire. Unfortunately, injury problems limited his appearances as an opening bowler and he was released at the end of the 2003 season. His time in England limited his availability for the Scottish side, although he was released to play in the final National Cricket League games of 2003.
Born in Scotland, but raised in Australia, the former Worcestershire and Durham seamer’s return to the country of his birth has been a timely boost. James played with distinction in all Scotland’s World Cup fixtures in 1999. Added to his ability to bowl quickly is his penchant for big hitting which has seen him featuring as a “pinch-hitter” early in an innings.
An outstanding young player in his native country, Dougie has played county cricket with Warwickshire for the last 15 years and represented England in a number of one-day internationals in 1997/98. He coached Namibia in the 2003 World Cup in South Africa. His commitments in England limited what was shaping up to be a long and productive career in the Scottish side and his experience at the highest level will be invaluable on his return to the national colours.
The youngest member of the squad, Majid is a product of Scotland’s burgeoning youth system. He dealt admirably with the increased level of competition offered by English county sides in the National Cricket League, producing a four-wicket haul in Scotland’s first (victorious) appearance in that competition at Durham. He contributed a half-century later in the 2003 season as evidence of his ability and appears to have a bright future in the game.
Like Dougie Brown, Gavin has spent the greater part of his career in English county cricket although as a member of the Yorkshire side. He will move to Durham for the 2004 season. Arguably, Scotland’s outstanding performer in the 1999 World Cup he played a single Test match for England in the following winter against South Africa. His return will further bolster an already experienced squad.
The emergence of the likeable Queenslander, who qualifies for Scotland through residency, has brought menace to the side’s attack. Consistent line and length is his trademark, which has seen him become the leading wicket-taker in Scottish National league cricket’s six-year history. Allied to his bowling is hard-hitting batting in the lower order.
Yet to make his debut in the full side, Jamie has played for the “A” side as a wicket keeper and free-scoring middle-order batsman. The absence of regular wicket keeper Colin Smith provides Jamie with a fantastic opportunity to make his mark.
At one time Douglas seemed destined for a career in county cricket, particularly after being voted player of the tournament at an international youth competition in Holland in 1995. First class cricket at Oxford University was followed by a series of trials with Derbyshire. The breakthrough did not happen, however, although he made his mark at home in Scotland as a technically assured opening batsman and wicket keeper. He has also experience of grade cricket in Australia.
A highly gifted off-spinner, his career has to an extent mirrored that of his former club colleague, Lockhart. Gregor attracted glowing praise as a teenager emerging through the international ranks and went on to experience regular first class outings at Loughborough University. A contract at Lancashire beckoned in 2002 until a knee injury cruelly put him out of the game for 10 months and a potential fresh start at Lancashire in 2003 has now been terminated. Outstanding fielding complements his bowling and batting talents.
Scotland’s Young Cricketer of Year in 1992 and 1993. Ian’s experience and ability continue to be an asset to the side. A genuine all-rounder, he spent a season on Leicestershire’s books and has also played club cricket in South Africa. He captained his club, Greenock, to back-to-back national league and cup doubles in both 2001 and 2002.
Another member of the side who qualifies through residency, Ryan’s prolific run scoring for several clubs has seen him rise to become one of the leading run scorers in Scotland over the last few seasons. Prior to his arrival in Scotland, he represented South Africa Schools “B” in 1995 and captained Transvaal Under 24 in 1996. While tidy bowling is also part of his armory, his strength is his batting. This was evidenced by recording the third fastest century in one-day cricket when Somerset were defeated in a National Cricket League match in Edinburgh in May 2003 – his 103 not out coming off only 43 balls.
A teammate of Gregor Maiden at Loughborough University, Fraser is working hard to fulfil his potential at international level – having spent the early part of this winter training and playing in South Africa. He has also wintered in Australia in previous years in an effort to improve his game. With his ability to bat anywhere in the order, allied to deceptively quick medium pace bowling and agile fielding, he is a more than useful member of the squad.
Greig is a talented and aggressive all-rounder – defined by the skipper as “combative”. First capped as a 20 year-old in 1989, he is now the senior member of the squad. While it took him some time to establish himself in the side, he is only the fourth Scot to have achieved 100 caps – a feat achieved in 2001. A very confident batsman, he has been known to take on even the fastest attacks without the now customary helmet and even Courtney Walsh in his pomp was put to the sword when Greig made a memorable half-century against the West Indies in Edinburgh in 1995.
Anthony Judd (Coach)
State manager for coaching and development for the Tasmanian Cricket Association from 1996 to 2000, Tony then came to coach in Scotland. He is currently coach and development manager with the Greenock club who won national league and cup titles in both 2001 and 2002 – and with whom he still plays as a slow left arm spinner. He became part-time coach to the Scotland squad in 2002.
Peter Drinnen (Technical Director)
A graduate of the Australian Institute of Sport Cricket Academy graduate and first class cricketer with Queensland, Peter played in Scotland as a professional/coach for a number of years with the Forfarshire club. He now occupies the post of Technical Director with Cricket Scotland – having joined the organisation as National Youth Development Manager in March 2003.
Euan McIntyre (Team Manager)
Euan played for Scotland on 8 occasions between 1981 and 1988 and retired from senior cricket at the close of the 2003 season after more than 30 years playing at the top level. He is Operations Director of Cricket Scotland.
Margaret Gibson (Physiotherapist)
Living in Zimbabwe where she runs her own sports physiotherapy practice, Margaret has worked and toured with Zimbabwean teams from the National Rugby Squad, the All African Games in 1995 and 1999, the Davis Cup tennis team to the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
John Thallon (Umpire)
After a successful playing career both in Scotland and England John has now spent 16 years as an umpire and is firmly established as a Grade 1 official in Scotland. He officiated at the World Cup qualifying tournament in Canada in 1999.