Iain helps create piece of cricket history

Iain Wardlaw
Iain Wardlaw

Iain Wardlaw helped create a piece of international cricket history during a World Cup triangular tournament earlier this month.

Wardlaw — along with fellow Scotland opening bowler Josh Davey of Somerset — claimed all 10 wickets to fall in a match against Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi, the first time that has happened in any One Day International.

Dewsbury-born Wardlaw said: “We didn’t find out until later but no other opening partnership has ever claimed all 10 wickets to fall in an ODI.

“I thought it might be pretty rare but didn’t realise it had never been done.”

Wardlaw finished with international career best figures of 4-22 from six overs, while Davey chipped-in with 6-28 as they helped Scotland record a comprehensive 150-run victory.

Wardlaw added: “We had a chance of winning the tournament going into the final match but were rained off in Dubai.

“We have been playing some good cricket as a team and from a personal point, I’ve been bowling well.”

The 29-year-old has played 17 ODIs for Scotland, claiming 30 wickets, and will look to continue that form on the biggest stage of all.

Wardlaw will meet up with his Scotland teammates on Saturday when they will hold various press conferences before undertaking fitness tests.

The squad fly out to Sydney on Sunday and will play warm-up games against Ireland and the West Indies before moving onto New Zealand for the start of the World Cup.

Wardlaw was part of the successful Cleckheaton team that retained the Bradford League Division One title last season and will return from the World Cup ready to try and help the Moorenders to a hat-trick of championship this summer,

He joked: “I think the wickets in April will be a little softer to the ones I’ll be used to over there.

“No doubt the texts and tweets will be flying back and forth from the lads at home in Cleckheaton.”

Wardlaw added: “I spent a bit of time playing in Australia and I think some friends from there may come to watch the Tasmania leg of the World Cup.”