ICC T20 World Cup qualification biggest moment for Nairn cricketer
ADRIAN Neill says being part of the Scotland team which has qualified for the T20 World Cup is the biggest moment of his career.
The Nairn bowler was part of the team which secured qualification for Australia next year by finishing fifth at the World Cup qualifiers in Dubai.
The top-six teams in the qualifiers will now enter the first stage of the World Cup with Scotland drawn with Bangladesh, the Netherlands and Namibia which will be played at Hobart in October.
The top two from each group will qualify for the second round when they will be joined by the top eight nations in world cricket.
Neill says he is confident that Scotland can secure a top-two finish in the first round to take on the best cricketers in the world.
“We have a good chance and a good record against the Netherlands. You never know how Bangladesh are going to turn up.
“But if we play to our best and everyone plays as well as they can doI can’t see any reason we shouldn’t get into the top two.
“It is definitely the biggest moment of my career.”
Scotland didn’t have the best qualfication campaign, losing three of their group matches and squeezing into the play-offs.
They secured a trip to Australia with a 90-run victory against the United Arab Emirates.
But Neill admitted Scotland could have played a lot better, stating they lost matches which they were not expected to.
“We had a couple of games which we lost that we should have won.
“The Singapore match was one which we thought we could have got through easily but we didn’t.
“But we are through and have the chance to take on the best in the world.”
Neill is hoping to be selected for the Scotland squad to play Cricket World League Two matches against the UAE and United States in December.