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Saturday, April 17, 1999 Published at 12:51 GMT 13:51 UK

Scotland: Player Profiles

George Salmond (captain)

Age: 29
Style: Right hand bat; Right arm medium

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Invaluable as a captain of four years and a talented middle-order batsman. In charge of the side that finished third in the ICC Trophy two years ago, earning Scotland their first appearance in a World Cup, and averaging 36.1 in the process.

A product of the system, having represented Scotland at under-16, under-19 and B Team levels, he has now made over 100 appearances for the senior side.

Top score of 181, made against Ireland in 1996, is the second highest by a Scotland player in first-class cricket. Energetic fielder.

Works as a primary teacher in Edinburgh.

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Mike Allingham

Age: 34
Team: George Heriot's School Former Pupils
Style: Right hand bat; Right arm medium

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A talented allrounder, if never a regular after marking his first appearance for the national side in 1991 with a half-century against the England Amateur XI.

Highest score of 64 not out made against Transvaal Under-23's during Scotland's tour to South Africa in 1992.

But for a severe knee injury could have pursued a career in rugby as a scrum half, having represented the Scotland B XV.

Decent golfer, squash player and skier.

Works as a teacher in Edinburgh.

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John Blain

Age: 20
Teams: Northamptonshire, George Heriot's School Former Pupils
Style: Left hand bat; Right arm medium-fast

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The youngest player to have represented Scotland this century when he made his debut at the age of 17 three years ago.

Injury and an attempt to build a career with Northamptonshire, where he goes under the somewhat unoriginal nickname of 'Haggis', have restricted his appearances for Scotland.

Took 5-29 on his Sunday League debut against Derbyshire.

Played in both the ICC Trophy and last year's Commonwealth Games and captained the Scotland under-19 side.

Made youth and reserve teams appearances for Falkirk and Hibernian football clubs.

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James Brinkley

Age: 25
Teams: Essex, Worcestershire
Style: Right hand bat; Right arm medium-fast

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Formerly of Worcestershire and, briefly, Essex, Brinkley now finds himself out of contract. England's loss is Scotland's gain.

Though never a regular in the first team, had five years' experience at Worcester and answered Essex's emergency call last season, being offered a temporary contract.

Born in Helensburgh but learnt his cricket in Australia after his family emigrated Down Under. Adds bite to Scotland's new ball attack.

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Asim Butt

Age: 31
Teams: George Heriot's School Former Pupils, Lahore
Style: Right hand bat; Right arm medium-fast

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Made a name for himself when he first played for Scotland last year in the B&H Cup on his 30th birthday by taking 3-42 with his medium-fast right-arm bowling and winning the Man of the Match award.

Born in Lahore, Pakistan, has for several years been a part of the club cricket scene in Scotland, playing for Corstorphine, Royal High Stewarts Melville and Heriot's FP.

Genuinely sharp with a whippy action. A retail assistant manager.

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Alec Davies wicket

Age: 37
Teams: West Lothian, Surrey
Style: Right hand bat; Wicketkeeper

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Another born in Pakistan but qualified to play for Scotland by residence. Played county 2nd XI county cricket for Surrey, making one first team appearance against Sri Lanka before settling north of the border.

Has now established himself as the number one keeper, making 87 dismissals in 59 appearances for Scotland before the World Cup.

A holder of qualifications in Physical Education, Davies works as a sports development officer with West Lothian Council.

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Nick Dyer

Age: 30
Team: Chichester
Style: Right hand bat; Off spin

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The latest in a line of effective off break bowlers for Scotland, forced his way into international cricket two years ago after several seasons of success at club level.

Played a crucial role in enabling Scotland to hold out for a draw against Ireland in that first appearance but it is for his bowling that he is likely to gain greater recognition.

Works as a primary school teacher in Hampshire, restricting his availability.

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Gavin Hamilton

Age: 23
Team: Yorkshire
Style: Right hand bat; Right arm medium-fast

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Most talked about Scotland cricketer - or should that be England-cum-Scotland cricketer? Virtually unheard of early last year, took a hatful of wickets for Yorkshire to end the season on a high and be named in England's provisional squad of 30 for the World Cup.

Ever hopeful he would not make the England 15, Scotland announced only 14 names in their squad. Once the ICC confirmed that representing Scotland would not prejudice his chances of some day playing for England - who soon made it clear he indeed was not going to make their final cut - Hamilton accepted the final place in the Scotland squad.

The pivotal allrounder, he is capable of exploiting early season wickets with his seamers and making forceful contributions with the bat from the middle order.

Born in West Lothian, he has represented Scotland from under-16 level, making his senior debut at 18 in the B&H Cup. Once a member of Arsenal's youth training scheme.

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Bruce Patterson

Age: 34
Team: Ayr
Style: Right hand bat

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Made his first appearance for Scotland as long ago as 1988 in the NatWest Trophy and scored a century on his first-class debut against Ireland. Probably his best innings, though, was the 70 he made against the touring Australians.

Flirted with the idea of being a professional with spells at Glasgow Academicals and Clydesdale before returning to his amateur roots with Ayr in 1995.

One half of the celebrated Patterson/Philip opening partnership, should make his 100th international appearance during the World Cup.

Holds a diploma in Sports Coaching and works as an estate agent in Ayr.

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Iain Philip wicket

Age: 41
Team: Stenhousemuir
Style: Right hand bat; Left arm orthodox; Wicketkeeper

The cornerstone of the Scotland side for over a decade, no Scotsman has made more international appearances (129 before the World Cup), scored more runs (over 4,700) or, indeed, more centuries (11) than Philip.

Born in his beloved Stenhousmuir, he moved to Perth, Australia, when he was 11 where he learnt most of his cricket. In recent years he has followed the sun every six moths, alternating between Scotland and Australia (well, with guaranteed sunshine in Australia at least) to play cricket.

His 234 against MCC eight years ago is still the highest score by a Scotland player. He has also kept wicket in one-day games.

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Keith Sheridan

Age: 28
Team: Polac
Style: Left hand bat; Left arm orthodox

Any bowler who takes the wickets of both Waugh twins in the same match deserves praise. Sheridan did just that on his way to a five-wicket haul against the touring Australians two years ago.

A regular in the Scotland side over the past few years he has bowled more overs than any other member of the current squad.

His spell of 4-25 in the 3rd/4th place playoff against Ireland in the last ICC Trophy in Kuala Lumpur was vital to Scotland winning and securing the final spot in the World Cup.

A top order batsman in club cricket, he is usually asked to muck in with the tail in the national side. A civil engineer by trade.

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Mike Smith

Age: 33
Team: Aberdeenshire
Style: Right hand bat; Right arm medium

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A versatile batsman who showed his considerable promise by scoring 79 on his international debut against Ireland in 1987 but fell out of favour in the early nineties.

Back in the side in 1994, showed the selectors what they had been missing with a century - at Lord's no less - against MCC.

An entertaining strokemaker, he has also bowled for Scotland in several games, though with less success in recent years.

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Ian Stranger

Age: 27
Teams: Clydesdale, Leicestershire
Style: Right hand bat; Right arm medium-fast

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A player with an enormous amount to offer, having occupied the allrounder's spot in recent years. A right arm pace bowler, attacking batsman and athletic fielder, would undoubtedly have represented Scotland more but for injuries.

Had a spell with Leicestershire in 1994 and captained the Scotland under-16 and under-19 sides. Well travelled, having played cricket abroad both in Australia and South Africa.

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Peter Steindl

Age: 28
Team: Grange
Style: Right hand bat; Right arm medium

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Born in Queensland, Australia, has qualified to represent Scotland through residence. Has not lost the Antipodean twang to his voice but has a Scottish wife and two daughters as part of his credentials as honorary Scot.

First came over to Scotland to play as a professional for Cupar in the East of Scotland League. After a spell at Edinburgh Academicals switched to Grange as an amateur.

While never a regular in the Scotland side he has contributed some valuable bowling spells and performed well in last year's European Cricket Championship.

Employed as a development officer for the Scottish Cricket Union.

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Greig Williamson

Age: 30
Team: Clydesdale
Style: Right hand bat; Right arm medium

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Stylish and aggressive middle order batsman, change bowler and brilliant fielder, won his first cap in 1989 but then fell out of favour for four years.

To his credit re-established himself in 1993 and is now seen as a vital member of the side. His career highlight was undoubtedly his allround display against the West Indies, a belligerent 57 followed by 3-68 with his medium pace. Has taken more wickets than any other bowler currently in the squad.

Both a lawyer and qualified accountant.

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