In the Netherlands last week, Dumfries opening bowler James Hobman was part of the Scotland Men’s U19 team that qualified for the ICC U19 World Cup in Sri Lanka in January. In the six-team final European Qualifier Scotland were unbeaten to claim the one qualification place available. Hobman was the lead wicket taker against Norway taking 3 wickets for 25 runs in opening the bowling for Scotland in a comprehensive ten wicket victory.
A product of the junior ranks at Dumfries Cricket Club, James said of the tournament win, “It was a great experience to be part of the team in the Netherlands and the side did well to contend with changing playing conditions at different grounds and face new opponents for the first time in must win games. Everyone is now excited about the prospect of playing in Sri Lanka.“
The event in Sri Lanka comprises sixteen teams and Scotland can anticipate a four-team initial group stage with the prospect of challenging the likes of Australia, India or England in the group stage.