Key wicket for Josh Davey as Scotland triumph in Hobart

Josh Davey ScotlandJosh Davey’s tour Down Under with the Scottish national cricket squad got off to a winning start on Thursday with a 10-run victory over Tasmania at Hobart.

The Somerset all-rounder took a crucial wicket which pulled back the momentum in favour of Scotland after it looked as if the home side were coasting to an easy win.

Scotland made 244-8 in their 50 overs, keeper Matthew Cross top scoring with an unbeaten 64. Batting at number 8, Josh scored just nine before he was bowled by Ryan Lees.

In reply, despite losing two early wickets, Scotland made good progress and a century partnership between skipper Jordan Silk and Sean Willis looked to be taking the match away from the visitors. Silk was in fine form, hitting 79 from 94 balls with four fours and three sixes.

Scotland showed real resolve though, fighting back to run out Willis for 38 and then removing Clive Rose for 20.

But it was Josh who claimed the big wicket of Silk when Durham’s Callum MacLeod took a comfortable catch at mid-on. That wicket put Scotland firmly in the driving seat, with left Tasmania needing 28 from 18 balls.

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With Michael Leask taking the final three Tasmanian wickets, the home side were all out for 234 off the penultimate ball of their innings.

The victory was an excellent comeback for Scotland after they lost the opening match of the tour to Tasmania on Monday by the huge margin of 186 runs. Josh didn’t feature in that game.

The Scotland team are making this pre-season tour of Australia and New Zealand to get used to the conditions they are likely to face in the World Cup which takes place early in the New Year.

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They now head northwards for their next game against the Queensland Academy of Sport on Thursday before departing for New Zealand, where they play a further four games.

The rest of their itinerary is:

  • October 9 Queensland Academy of Sport 2nd XI, Scorchers CC, Maroochydore
  • October 15 New Zealand XI, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln
  • October 17 Canterbury, Hagley Oval, Christchurch
  • October 20 Invitational XI (Canterbury/Otago mix)
  • October 22 Otago, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln

In between games, the Scotland squad are taking part in training and team-building exercises as well as taking time to explore Australia. They recently took part in a photocall with the World Cup and some Tasmanian devils at a wildlife sanctuary in Brighton, Tasmania.

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The current trip to Australia and New Zealand is just the start of a busy winter with Scotland and Somerset for Josh.

On his return in November, Josh will spend 10 days in Dubai at a batting camp, which has again been organized by Scotland. In January the team are looking to go to the West Indies to play in their one-day competition before the start of the World Cup.

In between tours, Josh will of course be spending his time training at the County Ground with the Somerset squad, having recently been awarded a new contract by the club.

Tasmania v Scotland (Anzac Park, Hobart, 2 October 2014) scorecard:http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/765577.html

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