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The game of cricket has been played in Scotland for centuries with the first recorded match taking place in September 1785 at Schaw Park, Alloa, between two teams populated by members of the aristocracy of the time.

According to Cricket Scotland, the game was more generally introduced to Scotland by English soldiers garrisoned in the country in the years following the Jacobite rising led by Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745.

The oldest known club is Kelso (records date back to 1820), in the Borders, then a garrison town.

The first representative game of any standing was in 1849 when an All England XI came to Edinburgh to play a 22-man team representing Scotland.

Scotland matches were played on an eleven a side basis date from 1865, however, the development of Scotland’s international standing was more-or-less ignored for the best part of the 20th century, with three-day matches against Ireland, MCC, touring Test teams and the occasional County side being the only ones granted ‘first-class’ status.

Scotland Scorecard

Scotland v UAE, The Grange, Edinburgh 2015 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier // Kaylan Geekie Images

Scotland became Associate members of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 1994 after breaking away from England in 1992.

The national side is also known as the Saltires and they have played in three 50-over ICC Cricket World Cups in 1999, 2007 and 2015 and three ICC World Twenty20 tournaments in 2007, 2009 and 2016.

They won their first match at the 2016 World Twenty20 in India, beating Hong Kong in their final game of the tournament.

They play regularly at the Grange CC in Stockbridge, Edinburgh but also around the country including Ayr, Stirling and Aberdeen, which is the most northern part of the world for a Limited Overs International (ODI).

Scotland has also played in every ICC Intercontinental Cup tournament, winning the inaugural edition in 2004/05 and the ICC Trophy in 2005.

Between 2010 and 2013, the team competed in the ECB’s 40-over domestic competition as the Scottish Saltires.

After a few years without success, Scotland again won the 2014 ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier (formerly known as the ICC Trophy) in New Zealand beating the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the final to qualify for the 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.


Scotland celebrate joint-winning the 2015 World T20 Qualifiers trophy after the final against the Netherlands was washed out in Ireland // Photo Cricket Scotland

The Saltires also won the 2015 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, sharing the trophy with the Netherlands after the final was washed out by torrential rain in Dublin, sending them to the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 in India.

Kyle Coetzer became captain of the side in November 2016 after Preston Mommsen who had captained the side since September 2014 stepped down. The coach is New Zealander Grant Bradburn, who took on the role in April 2014.

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