Preston Mommsen determined to qualify for the ICC World Twenty20 in 2016, to be hosted in India
Cricket Scotland took the ICC World Twenty20 Trophy and the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2015 trophy on a trip up the iconic Forth Bridge, along with three Scotland captain’s Preston Mommsen, Abbi Aitken and Neil Flack. This year commemorates the 125th anniversary of the opening of the Forth Bridge, and is nominated to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This morning (26th), as trains continued on their normal routes across the Firth of Forth, the men’s, women’s and u19s captains, who all have World Cup Qualifying events this summer, were lifted over 330 feet to a scaffolded viewing platform set on top of the structure, where they took in the magnificent views across central and east Scotland, perched high above high above the bridge, railway and seascape.
Scotland will co-host the ICC World T20 Qualifier next month, with International ties to be played at Grange, Myreside, Goldenacre, all Edinburgh, and New Williamfield, Stirling, with fellow Associate members Ireland also hosting matches, throughout July. With the help and assistance of Network Rail, Cricket Scotland welcomed the opportunity to show off the T20 World and T20 Qualifying trophies, which will be the focus of World level cricket in the coming weeks, from an Internationally known Scottish iconic landmark
Neil Flack, who will lead the Scotland U19 side in World Cup Qualifier matches in Jersey in July said, “It was a great experience to get up there – it was a little higher than I imagined it would be.” Women’s captain Abbi Aitken, who will travel to Thailand for their T20 World Cup Qualifying tournament at the end of the year, added, “When the idea came about, I’m not going to lie, it was a little daunting – but now that my feet are firmly back on land, all I can say is What An Experience! To be able to hold the T20 World Cup, that has been in the hands of some of the best players in the world to ever grace the cricket field is pretty overwhelming! Couple that with the fact we were holding it almost 350 feet high on the top of one of Scotland’s most iconic landmarks was an unforgettable experience! I’m just glad we have some images as proof - I didn’t think I’d ever get up there in the first place!”
Preston Mommsen said, “It was awesome to be up there, I’ve never been to North Queensferry before, it’s a beautiful little town and we were treated to some amazing views from the top of the bridge. It was great to hold the two trophies up there and it was a little reminder that we’re not far away from the Qualifying tournament starting, where we’re determined to do the job again, and qualify. The team is functioning well together, especially on the back of performances in Ireland last week and we’ll be looking to take that momentum into the tournament. It’s not often we get to play these tournaments in home conditions.”