Wednesday 19 February 2014 

Umeed shines for Scotland in ICC Under 19s World Cup


Whilst the ICC Under 19s World Cup may be ending early for Scotland, Warwickshire Academy Member Andy Umeed has certainly made an impression on the world stage after top scoring in both of his country’s group games.

Opening batsman Andy (17) top scored with 44 in Scotland’s five wicket defeat against India in their first game of the tournament in Dubai. He followed-up today by top scoring with 65 against Pakistan.

The scores come after a strong 2013 for Andy, who plays his club cricket for Kings Heath. He was named as Scotland’s U19s Player of the Year for 2013 after finishing as the top run scorer with 565 runs at an average of 47.08, including two hundreds.

The Bears Academy came within a whisker of having two players in the Under 19s World Cup with all-rounder Aaron Thomason named in England’s provisional squad of 30 for the tournament. However, Aaron (17) has been named as a recipient of the Tom Maynard Scholarship, and will join Bears batsman Jon Webb at a week-long training session in Spain.

Gary Steer, Academy Director of Warwickshire CCC, said: “It doesn’t come as a surprise that Andy has had a good start in the U19 World Cup with Scotland as he consistently scored big runs throughout 2013 for Warwickshire, Kings Heath and Scotland. He is a very mature batsman, with an array of strokes and he has shown he can perform under pressure.”

Three other Bears in the Academy ranks have been earmarked for international honours with Marie Kelly attending England U19s’ winter training sessions at Loughborough University, Mark Adair being named in Cricket Ireland’s inaugural Academy and Michael Waugh invited to join Cricket Scotland’s youth team programme after an excellent 2013 with Warwickshire U17’s.

Other congratulation within the Academy squad go to Mark Best who has been selected in the Loughborough MCCU winter squad and tour to Potchefstroom University in South Africa, and Liam Banks who has been nominated as Junior Sports Personality of the Year in his home city of Stoke-on-Trent.

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