Safy set to mix it with the world’s best

Safy Sharif
Safy Sharif

Buckhaven cricketer Safy Sharif has played a key role in helping Scotland qualify for next year’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand and Australia.

Safy, who plays his club cricket for Falkland, signed from Clydesdale CC in the close season played in all eight qualifying matches including last Saturday’s final against the United Arab Emirates where he returned the excellent figures of three wickets for 41 runs from his 10 overs. His fine spell of fast bowling played a significant part in Scotland winning the final.

By lifting the ICC World Cup Qualifying trophy, Scotland have earned themselves the exciting prospect of being in a 2015 World Cup group alongside England, Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

Safy bowled consistently well throughout the tournament and earned a man of the match performance against Namibia when he took four wickets for 55 runs in a 21 run win.

Scotland captain Preston Mommsen said: “We were struggling to make a breakthrough but Sharif had a brilliant spell and I think that was what has won us the match.”

Safy took a total of 14 wickets with an economy rate of 4.63 and proved that he is more than useful with the bat averaging 27.33.

The new domestic season is not far away and there is much to look forward to at Scroggie Park as Falkland will be competing at their highest ever level in the Eastern Premier League.

The first league match is on April 26 when SMRH will be the visitors.

The second and third XIs will again be competing in the East League and a developmental Sunday team will play in the Strathmore Union. The club also runs a number of junior teams.