Matt Maynard joins Scotland for batting camp

Matt 2Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard will provide specialist coaching support for Cricket Scotland as they prepare for their 2015 World Cup campaign this winter.

Matt will join the Scotland squad – which includes Somerset’s Josh Davey – for a nine-day intensive batting camp at the ICC Academy in Dubai next month.

His involvement has been made possible thanks to the additional targeted support under the ICC High Performance Programme.

The batting camp, which starts on 11 November, will follow the Scotland side’s current tour of Australia and New Zealand.

A Cricket Scotland statement said: “The Scotland team will undoubtedly be tested against high quality spin and swinging pace when they perform on cricket’s biggest stage, and this batting camp will allow the batsmen to target specific areas of their game, with input from the highly respected Maynard.”

On his appointment Matt commented, “I’m delighted to be able to join up with Cricket Scotland to help the boys prepare for the 2015 Cricket World Cup. It is an exciting time for Cricket Scotland and the camp in Dubai will offer a great learning experience for the players and coaches alike.”

Cric Scot and Matt

Scotland Head Coach Grant Bradburn also added, “We’re delighted to welcome Matt to the Scotland set-up for the batting camp at the ICC Academy in Dubai. With his excellent track record it’s a great opportunity for the players to work on different aspects of their batting, furthering the learning process of what we have gained during our current tour to Australia and New Zealand.”

The Scotland squad have now completed their tour to Australia and will play the first of four matches in New Zealand tonight (UK time).

In their final match on Australian soil last Thursday, Scotland lost by 93 runs to the Queensland Academy of Sport at Buderim. Josh Davey opened the bowling for Scotland, taking two wickets for 55 runs in nine overs and scored 18 with the bat: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/765579.html

Scotland’s first game against a New Zealand XI at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln tonight is set to present their strongest test of the tour so far. Most of the New Zealand ODI team are included in the squad, including skipper Brendan McCullum, Daniel Vettori and Kane Williamson.

Those of you wanting to watch Scotland’s progress tonight can do so via an official online ICC feed at www.icc-cricket.com from 10.30pm (14 October).

Meanwhile the Ireland squad, which includes Somerset’s George Dockrell has also been in Australia as part of their World Cup preparations. They too have now touched down in New Zealand, where they will also play four games.

Ireland’s clash against New Zealand XI on 18 October at Seddon Park will also be live-streamed on the ICC website, www.icc-cricket.com.