The Western Cricket Academy of Scotland, that draws its players from clubs across the west region, is touring Jersey with an U14 squad from Monday 5 July to Thursday 8 July.
The young Scots come from clubs from as far apart as Dumfries and Helensburg to Ayr and Glasgow. They will take on the Jersey U13s, 14's and Victoria College U14's in a three match series. The matches against Jersey will be on Tuesday 6th and Thursday 8th July at Les Quennevais, with the Victoria College fixture taking place on Wednesday 7th at College Field.
The tour has been planned in partnership between Jersey Cricket Board's Peter Gough and WCA Head coach Iain Stewart. The two have worked together at the ICC Europe Emerging Players Programme in La Manga and have similar views on how the game should be played.
Stewart says of the tour:
''This is an exciting opportunity for the lads and I am so grateful for all the work Pete has put into getting this tour off the ground. It's a chance for the lads to show they can perform in a tournament style environment which they will play a lot of if they continue to progress up the ranks.''
'' As a small island we are always extremely keen to welcome teams from the UK. This will be a great opportunity for our young players to test themselves against good quality Scottish opposition and we hope this partnership can continue long in to the future''
The WCA U14s will be coached by Josh Johnston and Jamie Burton. Josh was assistant coach on last year's U14 tour to Ireland and at the Scottish Inter-Regional tournament in Edinburgh last August whilst Jamie Burton has given up coaching the Western Womens squad to focus on preparing the U14s for the 2010 Scottish Inter-Regional tournament.