Spectacular one-day debut by Safyaan

Safyaan Sharif
Safyaan Sharif

BUCKHAVEN cricketer Safyaan Sharif made a storming Scottish debut last week at one-day international level.

The 20-year-old former Largo Cricket Club man played a key role as Scotland defeated Holland by five wickets in Aberdeen for a 2-0 test series victory.

Safyaan’s fast bowling caused trouble for the Dutchmen almost as soon as they had been put in to bat, taking out their top three hitters for single-figure scores in his opening spell.

This impressive form restricted the Netherlands to 22 for three, while Sayfaan later took another wicket to return statistics of four for 27.

The former Buckhaven High School pupil, pictured, told the Mail that the whole team had performed well, while he was pleased with how well he had done on his debut for Scotland.

The experience of playing against an overseas squad in the single-day format was also very valuable, he added. This year has already been a successful one for Safyann in international terms, as he was recently chosen to represent the senior Scotland XI against English county team Worcester in the 20/20 version of the game.

Back in his days at East Drive, Safyaan represented Largo CC at junior and senior level before moving on to the national leagues, and joined Dunfermline Knights in 2007.

He could be selected to represent his country again in the near future - a Tri-Series of one-day internationals is taking place this month, featuring Scotland, Ireland and Sri Lanka.

Safyann is in the pool of Scottish players and is hoping to be picked once again.