Turning the page

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The agonising wait is finally over for Clydesdale’s Sam Page, who was unable to play a single game for the previous seven days as he awaited selection news from Cricket Scotland.

Despite another week of the worst June weather since - well, since last June - the talented youngster was relieved to be told he had been included in Scotland’s squad for the Under-19 World Cup in Australia next month.

Now 18-year-old all-rounder Page is one of the 15 players who have secured a coveted place in the squad, currently ranked 11th in the world, that will challenge their peers from Test-playing nations in the tournament.

Starting on 12 August with a match against the top New Zealand youngsters, the young Scots will then play Pakistan’s finest and - not to be underestimated - the new kids on the block from Afghanistan.

The squad is sponsored by the Aberdeen-based Parkmead Group plc, which is one of Scotland’s fastest growing energy companies.

Scotland under-19 head coach Craig Wright, a former Scotland captain, said: “We are in an extremely fortunate position with this group that we have real strength in depth. Some of the younger players have made real progress and forced their way into the squad. 

“They have earned the right to test themselves against the best age-group players in the world and I believe they have the attributes to give a good account of themselves in the competition”.

Last year in Ireland, the side overcame eight other countries to win the global qualifying event and secured their place in the World Cup.

Now Page and his team-mates will fly to Australia on July 24 for a full week of acclimatisation ahead of the official warm-up matches before the event begins in earnest.