Academy Plus prospect Adrian Neill selected for Scotland’s tour of Oman
18 January 2019
Last week, Gloucestershire Academy Plus prospect, Adrian Neill, was selected in a squad of 14 for Scotland Men’s first ever tour to Oman in February.
Eleven of the group featured in the team’s last International assignments back in June – the ODI victory over England, the T20I series against Pakistan, and the T20I series triumph over Ireland and the Netherlands.
Adrian Neill earned his first senior call-up after impressing for Scotland A and in domestic cricket.
Speaking on his first senior call up, Adrian said: “It’s a privilege to have been called up to the Scotland squad. I have put in a lot of hard work and I am looking forward to getting together with the team and getting started.”
Acting Head Coach, Toby Bailey, commented: “We are delighted that Adrian Neill has developed so much in the last year with the help of Gloucestershire and Owen Dawkins who will also join the coaching staff for the tour. Adrian now has the engine and skills to match his 6’ 8” frame to be a real menace at International level.”
Owen Dawkins added: “It is fantastic news that Adrian has been selected for the upcoming tour to Oman. He has progressed well playing cricket for Bedminster and training with the Gloucestershire squad.
“He performed well on a large training camp with Scotland in Le Manga in November 2018, since then he has continually showed signs of improvement and we are delighted that he has been selected in the squad of 14.”
Adrian played against a Gloucestershire 2nd XI in 2017 while playing for Scotland A and impressed in his performance. Since then, Adrian decided that he would play at Bedminster Cricket Club for the opportunity to trial and train with the Gloucestershire squad.
Towards the end of 2018, Neill was included in the Gloucestershire Academy Plus Programme for the 2019 season. The last couple of years have been fantastic in terms of highlighting the depth of young talent that Gloucestershire has, many of whom have come through our own Academy, Academy Plus and Second XI programmes. Players such as George Hankins, Ben Charlesworth, Miles Hammond, George Drissell and James Bracey are all relative youngsters who have embraced First Class Cricket fully, often delivering match changing performances at an early point in their career.