CRICKET fans in Scarborough are in for a real treat next week when an England Lions side packed full of international talent rocks up at North Marine Road.
England’s second XI are set to take on Sri Lanka A in the first of their four match series starting on Tuesday, and the board of selectors have named a strong 12-man squad for the encounter.
Included in the squad are Somerset wicketkeeper/batsman Craig Kieswetter, Essex’s Ravi Bopara, Nottinghamshire’s Samit Patel and Surrey’s Jade Dernbach.
They are joined in the squad by young Yorkshire pair Jonathan Bairstow and Joe Root, who have impressed this season for a Tykes side who have struggled for any real consistent form.
It will come as a surprise to many Yorkshire fans that their quartet of skipper Andrew Gale, Ajmal Shahzad, Adil Rashid and Scarborough batsman Adam Lyth have been left out of the side.
Leicestershire batsman James Taylor will lead the Lions for the first time in a team that includes four debutants.
Root will be making his first appearance for the side, along with other newcomers Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Durham leg-spinner Scott Borthwick and pace bowlers Stuart Meaker (Surrey) and Jack Brooks (Northamptonshire).
The squad is completed by James Harris of Glamorgan.
National selector Geoff Miller said: “The England Lions series against Sri Lanka A offers an important opportunity for younger players to gain valuable experience against international opposition and push for further involvement in England programmes this winter.
“The series will also give players a chance to press for inclusion in the upcoming NatWest Series against India.”
Scarborough CC chairman Bill Mustoe added: “We’re absolutely delighted that Yorkshire have given us this game.
“We held an England under-19s match last year and to follow that up with an England Lions match is great news.
“We’ve been working very hard on improving the spectator experience at the ground and we’re delighted that we’re getting big fixtures like this.”