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HOWZAT!: Ryan Watson is set to star for the Glenrothes side
HOWZAT!: Ryan Watson is set to star for the Glenrothes side

THE RECORD-breaking Scottish cricketer and former captain of the national side, Ryan Watson, is to play this season for Glenrothes Cricket Club reports, NEIL HENDERSON.

Watson, who made 194 appearances for Scotland, a national record he shares with former team-mate Craig Wright, retired from the game at the end of the 2011 season to focus on business interests with his new recruitment company.

And it’s through mutual business interests that Watson struck up a friendship with Glenrothes CC chairman Edward Gibbs who has sensationally persuaded him to delay his retirement and play several matches for the Fife side once the Division One season gets under way.

Mr Gibbs told the ‘Gazette’: “We’ve put a lot of time and effort into recruiting new players during the close season and whilst that’s generally gone very well, to have a Scottish cricketing legend such as Ryan Watson playing as a guest for us this season is quite simply a massive honour for the club.

“Ryan is Scotland’s most prolific run scorer and has been a superb asset for Scottish cricket and also SNCL side Forfarshire CC over many years.

“We are very thankful to Ryan for agreeing to play as an occasional special guest for Glenrothes CC and all the lads are buzzing for a chance to play and learn from him -this news has given us all a monumental boost ahead of the new season.”

The Zimbabwean-born, right handed all-rounder made headlines in 2003 when he hit a century off just 43 balls whilst playing against Somerset at The Grange in Edinburgh.

It is likely Ryan will make his debut for Glenrothes CC 1st XI when they take on Watsonians 2nd XI in the season opener on Saturday in Edinburgh.