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CRICKET: Former county man to help Scotland effort.

FORMER Warwickshire batsman Andy Moles will return to his old county to help Scotland prepare for a busy summer.

Moles began work as Scotland's new national coach this week and he has already made his presence felt north of the border.

Scotland planned to prepare for a season that includes a full programme ofv Totesport League games and a World Cup qualifying tournament in Ireland in July with a warm-weather trip to Namibia.

But Coventry-raised Moles has now cancelled that tour because he believes that playing on dry African pitches would be poor preparation for damper European surfaces.

Instead Scotland's players will go on an outward bound course in the Cairngorm Mountains and spend a week in the Midlands in mid-April where they will use net facilities at Edgbaston.

Scotland will play Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge on Monday April 18 and then play Warwickshire's Second XI at Moseley on April 20 and 21 before returning home the following day.

Moles was keen to play Warwickshire at first-team level but slotting in an appropriate fixture proved difficult and he will have to wait until May 29, when the sides are due to meet at Stratford in a Totesport League game, for the first senior meeting between his present and former sides.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Mar 3, 2005
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