Scottish student cricket pushes new boundaries
The Scottish Students Women's representative squad is a new venture for 2012. The standard of women's student cricket in Scotland and the numbers involved have been increasing over the past few years and the SSS Cricket Committee feel that it's now at a level for a representative XI to be introduced. Both Edinburgh University and St. Andrews University have women's teams that compete in BUCS Outdoor Cricket - however there are a number of talented players across Scotland not affiliated to a university team.
The Women's Representative XI creates a platform for all of Scotland's talented students to play on and some strong performances should emerge throughout the season.
The programme for this season has three confirmed fixtures. The Representative XI will be playing against English county opposition in the form of the Northumberland Development XI, and we will be playing a Scottish Wildcats XI and have a prestigious first encounter with MCC Women. The Scottish Wildcats XI fixture will be the hotly contested game with some players qualifying to play for both teams. Team Manager Lily Cartwright is upbeat ŚWe have had such great support from all at SSS and our Head Coach Jamie Burton has got the girls enthused after a couple of winter indoor sessions about the fixture programme ahead. We really hope to expand the programme a little further next year'.
The men's representative squad has gone through a period of transition. The name for one, has changed, gone is the moniker Scottish Universities and in comes the Scottish Students brand which means students at Scotland's colleges are now eligible to be considered for selection. Nikhil ŚGeorge' Ninan is still involved as a team manager; now on-board as well is level 3 coach and former Scottish Universities all rounder Iain Stewart. Winter 2012 has seen Stewart introduce a winter indoor programme for the squad, as well as insisting on an increase on the number of summer fixtures, as the SSS Cricket committee look to re-establish the prestige of the men's representative programme. A series versus the Irish Universities is certainly something that has been well received and has led to fierce competition for places between players.
The representative season gets under way for the men on Sunday 15th April in a trial match between an All Scots' Students XI and an International Students XI in Perth. The International Students are being captained by Jake Starkey of St Andrews University and Andrew Brock of Edinburgh University is captain of the All Scots' XI. A hotly contested fixture is in prospect.
Women's representative fixtures:
Men's representative fixtures: