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  • The Scotland v Australia ODI 2013 at the Grange Club in Edinburgh. Image credits Cricket Scotland/Donald MacLeod
    The Scotland v Australia ODI 2013 at the Grange Club in Edinburgh. Image credits Cricket Scotland/Donald MacLeod
  • Scotland celebrates an Australian wicket during a cricket match. Image credits Cricket Scotland/Donald MacLeod
    Scotland celebrates an Australian wicket during the Scotland v Australia ODI 2013. Image credits Cricket Scotland/Donald MacLeod

You might be surprised to find that cricket has been played in Scotland for over two hundred years. The game was introduced by English soldiers after the Jacobite uprising of the 18th century, initially to parts of the Scottish Borders and central Scotland. Interest in the sport has gradually increased over the centuries and today you’ll find a high quality of cricket played throughout the country.

Scotland’s national side have previously competed in international campaigns of the ICC World Cricket League Championship and the ICC Intercontinental Cup. In both competitions they have played home games at Aberdeen’s Mannofield Park, the cricket ground that is one of the three regular homes of the Scotland national cricket team.

In 2013, the Cricket Scotland Regional Series was replaced by a new Pro Series competition. Now two teams, the Reivers and Highlanders, compete in a series of matches in all three formats including a minimum of two three-day matches, five one-day games and three T20’s and play a range of grounds across Scotland.

The Saltires are a Scottish-based cricket team which have played in the likes of the Yorkshire Bank 40 where they’ve competed against teams from a number of English counties.  Throughout the campaign you could catch them playing some home games in the grounds of The Grange in Edinburgh or Titwood in Glasgow.

In addition, Scotland’s ‘A’ team, the Scotland Lions, compete in a regular fixture programme throughout the season where they compete against English county 2XIs and other touring sides.

Why not find out more about national and regional scheduled fixtures at Cricket Scotland, the official site of Scottish Cricket, or keep up to date with upcoming spectator sports events in Scotland and receive Sport of Spec’s newsletter?

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