Hairs nets chance to end his sea­son on a high with Saltires

The Scotsman - - Sfl In Focus - gary HEatLy

It HAS been some sum­mer for young crick­et­ing tal­ent Oli Hairs,but, if things go his way this week­end, then it could be the high point of his fledg­ling ca­reer.

the 19-year-old left-handed open­ing bats­man has been called into the 13-man Scot­tish Saltires squad for the fi­nal CB40 matches away to Durham and War­wick­shire on Sun­day and Mon­day re­spec­tively.

If he plays in ei­ther match, which he seems cer­tain to do, it will be his first ac­tion against an English county side and will test his hard-hit­ting style against some of the best bowlers in Eng­land such as Steve Harmi­son.

And he may head into the two matches on a high if his club Grange can clinch the SNCL Premier Di­vi­sion ti­tle with a win away to For­farshire to­day. In­deed it says some­thing for his tal­ent that he is likely to end the sea­son as Grange’s top run scorer, es­pe­cially given the strength of their bat­ting line-up.

Go­ing into to­day’s club match he has 590 league runs to his name in 2010, while the ex­pe­ri­ence he gained while play­ing for Scot­land just days af­ter his school ex­ams ear­lier in the year at the World Cricket League in the Nether­lands will have been good for him.

Else­where in the squad an­other open­ing bats­man, Ryan Flan­ni­gan of Wat­so­ni­ans, keeps his place and he will feel that a cou­ple of solid show­ings will edge him closer to be­ing a per­ma­nent mem­ber of the na­tional team.

Flan­ni­gan and Hairs will see the way that fel­low young player Matthew Parker has ce­mented his place in the side in all forms of the game over the last few months as an ex­am­ple they would like to fol­low.

the ex­pe­ri­enced Neil McCal­lum also re­turns to the mid­dle or­der hav­ing tested out his in­jured achilles in Grange’s league run-in, while Aus­tralian Ge­orge Bai­ley plays his last matches for the Saltires.

For to­mor­row’s match, Durham coach Geoff Cook has added Scott Borth­wick and Mark Davies to the squad that de­feated War­wick­shire last week­end, while Scot­land’s own Kyle Coetzer is also in their 13-man party.

Both sides de­feated the Saltires eas­ily at tit­wood four weeks ago. War­wick­shire top the group but Durham, like the Saltires, have no chance of pro­gress­ing. Scot­tish Saltires:

Oli Hairs: Saltires call-up for young­ster

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