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WIL­LIAM DICK

SCOT­LAND U19 coach Gor­don Drum­mond is con­fi­dent his young squad can cause an up­set at next month’s World Cup in South Africa.

The Scots head to Potchef­stroom where they will face Pak­istan, Bangladesh and Zim­babwe in the group phase of the global event.

“It’s a tough group but one that also presents a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to take a few Full Mem­ber scalps which I know the boys are fo­cused on achiev­ing,” Drum­mond said.

“Our squad has va­ri­ety and a great team spirit which they dis­played dur­ing the qual­i­fy­ing tournament which we won.

The boys have trained hard all win­ter and are look­ing for­ward to out­door prepa­ra­tion in Dubai.

“The play­ers have set them­selves some tar­gets which if they play with the skill and be­lief, we know they can cer­tainly achieve.”

Gus Mackay, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Cricket Scot­land, said: “This is a great op­por­tu­nity for the next gen­er­a­tion of Scot­land’s in­ter­na­tion­als to make their mark on the global stage.”

Mean­while, the se­nior side will to­day at­tempt to gain re­venge for Mon­day’s shock World Cup League 2 de­feat to the USA.

A late bat­ting col­lapse saw the Scots fall 35 runs short at the Shar­jah Sta­dium and then had to set­tle for a point when their sched­uled meet­ing with UAE was rained-off.

The US, though have beaten UAE to move five points clear of Kyle Coet­zer’s side in the sev­en­team ta­ble.

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