Scotland national cricket team
|ICC status||Associate member with ODI and T20I status (1994)|
|7 May 1849 v All England XI at Edinburgh|
|Appearances||3 (first in 1999)|
|Best result||Group stage
(1999, 2007, 2015)
|World Cup Qualifier|
|Appearances||5 (first in 1997)|
|Best result||Winners, 2005 and 2014|
|As of 1 February 2016|
Scotland became associate members of the International Cricket Council in 1994 after severing links with the England cricket team two years earlier. This allowed them to qualify for the Cricket World Cup in 1999. In 2004, Scotland competed in the inaugural ICC Intercontinental Cup. Between 2010 and 2013, the team competed in the ECB 40 as the Scottish Saltires.
- 1 History
- 2 Recent past
- 3 Present day and beyond
- 4 Future series/tournaments
- 5 International grounds
- 6 Current international rankings
- 7 Tournament history
- 8 Personnel
- 9 Coaches
- 10 Records
- 11 See also
- 12 References
Before ICC membership
The first recorded cricket match in Scotland took place in Alloa in 1785. It would be another eighty years, however, before Scotland played their first full match, against Surrey in 1865, which they won by 172 runs.
The first Scottish Cricket Union was formed in 1879, and the national team beat Australia by 7 wickets three years later. The cricket union became defunct in 1883, and Grange Cricket Club took over the administration of the game until 1909. The first match against Ireland took place in Dublin in 1888, with the Irish emerging victorious. They also played South Africa, the West Indies, an all-Indian team, and New Zealand before the start of World War II.
1948 saw Australia visit Scotland for two games at the end of their tour of England. These games, both of which were won by the Australians, were to be the last international games for Don Bradman. The Don signed off in typical style, making a fine unbeaten 123 in the innings victory.
Scotland first competed in English domestic cricket in 1980, when they competed in the Benson & Hedges Cup for the first time. Three years later they took part in the NatWest Trophy. Their first Benson & Hedges win came against Lancashire in 1986.
The most famous cricketers to have come from Scotland are probably the former England captain, Mike Denness, Warwickshire all-rounder Dougie Brown, and former England Test player Gavin Hamilton. Another great Scottish cricketer was B.R. (Lager) Hardie, who was a major contributor to the successful Essex side of the 1970s and 1980s. Possibly one of the best spinners and certainly a respected journalist was the aptly named Ian Peebles, who was one of the cricketers of the year in 1931 alongside Don Bradman.
The most infamous cricketer, a man who was vilified in Australia, was a Scot, Douglas Jardine, father to and inventor of "Body Theory", which is well documented under "Bodyline". Jardine was born in British India, and died in Switzerland, spending most of his life in England. However, his parents were Scottish. He asked for his ashes to be scattered in Scotland and gave his own children Scottish names.
In 1992 Scotland severed their ties with the Test and County Cricket Board (TCCB) and England, and gained associate membership of the ICC in their own right in 1994. They competed in the ICC Trophy for the first time in 1997, finishing third and qualifying for the 1999 World Cup, where they lost all their games. The 2001 ICC Trophy saw them finish 4th, losing a play-off game to Canada, but they won the 2005 tournament, beating long-time rivals Ireland in the final. 2004 saw Scotland first confirm themselves as one of the leading associate nations by winning the inaugural Intercontinental Cup. However, they did not progress beyond the first round in the 2005 tournament.
March 2006 saw Scotland embark on a pre-season tour to Barbados. They performed with some credit, although they only won one of their 6 games, against a Barbados XI. They owed much of their success to Dougie Brown, who re-qualified to represent Scotland internationally in 2004. They competed in the C & G Trophy in English domestic cricket in the early part of the 2006 English cricket season. They performed better than expected, winning three of their nine games, and finishing eighth in the Northern conference.
In June, they played their first ODI since the 1999 World Cup when they took on Pakistan in Edinburgh. Without key players Dougie Brown and Navdeep Poonia, they lost by five wickets. They finally got their first ODI win in the European Championships in August with a win over the Netherlands in a rain-shortened game. They again missed key players for some games in this tournament though, and thanks to their loss against Ireland, finished second in the tournament.
Throughout 2006 and into the early part of 2007, Scotland participated in the Intercontinental Cup. In May, they beat Namibia, and drew against Ireland in August. They also drew against the UAE in January 2007 and did not reach the final. In late 2006, they travelled to Bangladesh for their first ODI series outside the UK, losing both matches against Bangladesh.
In January 2007, after the Intercontinental Cup match against the UAE in Sharjah, they travelled to Kenya, first playing in a tri-series against Canada and Kenya in Mombasa, which they finished second in. This was followed by Division One of the World Cricket League in Nairobi, where Scotland finished as runners up.
They then travelled to the West Indies for their second World Cup. They again lost all their games and failed to progress beyond the first round. Back in the UK, they competed in the Friends Provident Trophy, their only win coming against Lancashire. They also drew an Intercontinental Cup match against the UAE and an ODI against Pakistan in July was washed out.
In July, Scotland took part in a quadrangular series in Ireland against the hosts, the Netherlands and the West Indies. However, the endeavour was not a success. They lost their matches against Ireland and the West Indies with the match against the Netherlands being abandoned due to rain.
At the beginning of August, Scotland were on Intercontinental Cup duty as they won against the Netherlands by an innings and 59 runs. They then drew with Ireland in a rain affected match, only gaining 3 points however after a poor 1st innings display. India were Scotland's next ODI opponents in mid-August, which was shown live on BBC Scotland from Titwood, Glasgow. The match was reduced slightly to 46 overs after a couple of brief showers, but India won by 7 wickets.
Having reached the final of the World Cricket League earlier in the year, Scotland qualified to play in the Twenty20 World Championship held in South Africa. They lost by 51 runs to Pakistan in their first game, and did not get a chance to play their other Group D opponents India, as the game was washed out without a ball being bowled.
In early August, Scotland participated with five other Associate nations in the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in Belfast. Despite an initial loss to hosts Ireland, victory against Bermuda secured a semi final slot. Throwing off the disappointment of an unexpected loss to the Netherlands in the semi-final a few hours earlier, Scotland bounced right back for a 9 wicket victory over Kenya (who had advanced ahead of Canada), to secure third place. However, with only two nations guaranteed to progress, qualification for the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 was only granted when Zimbabwe confirmed that they would not attend the tournament.
On 18 August, Scotland played their first ODI encounter against England. Hosting the Auld Enemy, at the Grange Cricket Club in Edinburgh. However the match was abandoned due to rain after less than 3 overs of England's reply to Scotland's 156/9.
In December 2008, Cricket Scotland, the governing body of Scottish cricket, took the historic act of giving three Scotland players central contracts. Bowlers Gordon Goudie and Dewald Nel and captain Ryan Watson became the first full-time professional cricketers based in Scotland. Nineteen other cricketers have been offered part-time professional deals.
Scotland participated in the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 in England in June 2009. They were drawn alongside Test nations New Zealand and South Africa in Group D, with both matches being played at The Oval in London.
The first match, against New Zealand, was shortened to 7 overs per side due to rain. Scotland batted first and made 89/4, with Kyle Coetzer top-scoring with 33. However, three no-balls and a dropped catch enabled New Zealand to win by seven wickets with an over to spare.
In the second match, South Africa made 211/5, with AB de Villiers hitting 79 not out off only 34 balls. In response, Scotland were bowled out for 81, more than half of which was scored by Coetzer (42). The 130-run margin of defeat was the second-largest in terms of runs in a Twenty20 International.
In 2010 Scotland took part in the inaugural ECB 40 tournament.
Scotland competed in the qualifiers in the United Arab Emirates, to compete for a place in the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies. They competed for a place with Afghanistan, Canada, Ireland, Kenya, the Netherlands, the UAE and the USA. The tournament was disappointing for Scotland, going out in the group stage without winning a single match.
Present day and beyond
ICC World Cup Qualifiers
During March and April 2009 Scotland attempted to defend the ICC Trophy they won in 2005. To secure qualification for the 2011 Cricket World Cup a top four place was targeted. They were also attempting to secure ODI status by finishing in the top six.
Scotland started the tournament badly by losing three of their five group games. With only the points earned against Namibia being taken through to the Super Eights, Scotland faced a difficult route to the World Cup.
Scotland started the Super Eights well by beating the Netherlands in their first match. Defeats against Kenya and Afghanistan followed. The result of which threatened Scotland's qualification for the World Cup as well as the possibility of losing their ODI status if they finished out of the top six.
Victory against UAE in their last game, and an improved run-rate, thanks to the 122 run victory, ensured a top six place for the Scots, securing ODI status until the next round of World Cup qualifiers.
New Zealand A tour of Scotland in 2014
In August 2014, Scotland played a three match series against New Zealand A at Cambusdoon New Ground, Ayr. In the first match Grant Elliott and captain BJ Watling scored centuries and ensured that New Zealand A won by 199 runs. Scotland conceded nearly 150 runs in the last ten overs.
- Scotland will play the 2015–17 ICC World Cricket League Championship's matches against Netherland in July in Holland.
Current international rankings
|ICC T20I Championship|
|Papua New Guinea||6||—||51|
|United Arab Emirates||8||—||25|
|Reference: ICC Rankings, 12 February 2016|
|"Matches" is the no. matches played in the 12-24 months since the May before last, plus half the number in the 24 months before that.|
|World Cup record|
|1996||Not eligible (not an ICC member at time of qualification)|
|2003||Did not qualify|
|2011||Did not qualify|
|World Twenty20 record|
|2010||Did not qualify|
|2012||Did not qualify|
|2014||Did not qualify|
|ICC Trophy / World Cup Qualifier (One day, List A from 2005)||Commonwealth Games (List A)||Friends Provident Trophy (List A)||ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier (T20I/Twenty20)|
|ICC 6 Nations Challenge||ICC Intercontinental Cup (FC)||World Cricket League (ODI)
(formally ICC 6 Nations Challenge)
|European Championship (OD/ODI)‡|
‡ Only the matches between Scotland, Ireland and the Netherlands in the 2006 tournament have official ODI status.
|Name||Age||Batting style||Bowling style||ODI||FC||Notes|
|Preston Mommsen||28||Right-handed||Off break||36||12||Played for Durham|
|Kyle Coetzer||31||Right-handed||Right medium-fast||26||90||Played for Northamptonshire|
|Richie Berrington||28||Right-handed||Right medium-fast||45||17|
|Calum MacLeod||27||Right-handed||Right medium-fast||23||33||Plays for Durham|
|Freddie Coleman||24||Right-handed||n/a||8||7||Plays for Warwickshire|
|Qasim Sheikh||31||Left-handed||Left medium||5||12|
|George Munsey||22||Left-handed||n/a||0||0||Plays for Northamptonshire|
|Matty Cross||23||Right-handed||4||3||Played for Nottinghamshire|
|David Murphy||26||Right-handed||8||53||Plays for Northamptonshire|
|Majid Haq||33||Right-handed||Off Break||44||19|
|Michael Leask||25||Right-handed||Off Break||3||0|
|Matt Machan||25||Left-handed||Off Break||22||23||Plays for Sussex|
|Neil Carter||41||Left-handed||Left medium-fast||3||111|
|Gordon Drummond||35||Right-handed||Right medium-fast||30||12|
|Ruaidhri Smith||21||Right-handed||Right medium||-||14||Plays for Glamorgan|
|Gordon Goudie||28||Right-handed||Right medium-fast||16||13|
|Iain Wardlaw||30||Right-handed||Right fast-medium||12||6||Played for Yorkshire|
|Josh Davey||25||Right-handed||Right medium-fast||12||7||Plays for Somerset|
|Rob Taylor||26||Left-handed||Left medium||13||9||Plays for Leicestershire|
|Safyaan Sharif||24||Right-handed||Right medium-fast||15||13||Played for Kent|
|Calvin Burnett||25||Left-handed||Right medium-fast||-||2|
|Alasdair Evans||27||Right-handed||Right medium||12||10|
|Gavin Main||20||Right-handed||Right medium||2||2|
|Moneeb Iqbal||29||Right-handed||Leg Break||13||9||Played for Durham|
- Assistant & Fielding coach: Craig Wright
- Mental conditioning coach: Simon Smith
- Director of Cricket: Andy Tennant
- Fitness trainer: n/a
- Head Physiotherapist: Mairi MacPhail
- Masseur: n/a
The following people have coached the Scottish national side at various stages. For some coaches, the exact dates of their tenure are unavailable, although key tournaments are noted:
|Andy Moles||January 2005||January 2006||2005 ICC Trophy|
|Peter Drinnen||January 2006||July 2007||2007 World Cup|
|/ Peter Steindl and
Andy Tennant (acting)
|July 2007||December 2007||2007 World Twenty20|
|/ Peter Steindl||December 2007||December 2013||2009 World Cup Qualifier
2009 World Twenty20
| Paul Collingwood and
Craig Wright (acting)
|December 2013||February 2014||2014 World Cup Qualifier|
|Craig Wright (acting)||February 2014||April 2014|
|Grant Bradburn||April 2014||current||2015 World Cup|
One Day Internationals
ODI record versus other nationsRecords complete to ODI #3729. Last updated 26 January 2016.
T20I record versus other nationsRecords complete to T20I #492. Last updated 5 February 2016.
Three matches were abandoned without a ball being bowled: the match against India (13 September 2007) and two matches against Ireland (19 and 21 June 2015 respectively). However, all three are deemed official T20Is as the toss had taken place in each.