Josh Davey, the Aberdeen-born all-rounder, will miss the Saltires' final CB40 match of the season after turning out for Middlesex in the same competition, writes William Dick. Contracted to the county, he had been on loan to the Saltires throughout the campaign but he scored 52 not out, his highest score of the season, and took two wickets in Middlesex's tied match against with Worcestershire. Competition rules mean he cannot now play in the Saltires' game against Somerset on August 19.
National selectors will look at two possible replacements when the Scotland Lions face Derbyshire in a three-day match at Denby starting this morning. Arbroath's Fraser Burnett and Michael Leask of Stoneywood-Dyce are the only uncapped players in the squad. Burnett, whose brother Calvin has made four Saltires appearances, is the leading run scorer in the CS Premier Division.
Safy Sharif, the Clydesdale pace bowler, will have his first representative outing of the season after recovering from rib and knee injuries.
Squad. Scotland Lions (v Derbyshire, Denby, today to Thurs) P Mommsen (capt), R Flannigan, E Chalmers, M Leask, R Berrington, F Burnett, C MacLeod, C Wallace, M Parker, G Goudie, S Sharif, A Evans
David Millar finished in the main bunch in yesterday's 204-kilometre opening stage of the Eneco Tour from Waalwijk to Middelburg in the Netherlands, writes Colin Renton. The Scot, third overall last year, went into the race in good spirits after winning a criterium at Grimstad, Norway, on Sunday. Marcel Kittel, Argos-Shimano's German rider, edged out Arnaud Demare (Francaise des Jeux) and the American Taylor Phinney (BMC) in the sprint finish. Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank) also safely negotiated the opening stage of the seven-day event on his return from a doping ban.
Eugene Connolly, the Scotland manager, was left disappointed that Scotland had to settle for a 3-3 draw in their friendly against Austria, having led 3-1 with 15 minutes to play, then lost 3-2 to Poland, writes Craig Madden. "We were by far the better side against Austria; we had several chances but didn't kill them off," he said. "We were very unlucky to lose to Poland; there were lots of good team and individual performances, especially from Willie Marshall in defence."
Kenny Bain's hat-trick had Scotland cruising at 3-1 – Fergus Dunn, Russell Anderson and Marshall provided the assists – before Austria drew level through a penalty corner and a goal that should have been prevented by the Scotland defence. The Scots pressed for the winner and Bain had a shot saved, Gordon McIntyre missed a chance and an overtime penalty corner petered out tamely.
Scotland lost 3-2 by hosts Poland who had a two-goal half-time lead. A good run by Ian Moodie enabled Iain Scholefield to reduce the deficit and further chances fell to new cap Fraser Hirst and Dunn, before Poland made it 3-1 from a penalty corner. Seven minutes from time, Bain set up a penalty corner and Dan Coultas fired low past the Polish goalkeeper.
n The Glynhill Kelburne pair Alan Forsyth and Michael Bremner, both are regulars in the Scotland senior squad, rejoin the under-21 side to travel to Hamburg for three games against Germany club sides, the final part in the preparations for the European Nations Championships in Den Bosch in three weeks' time. Clydesdale have with Matt McIntyre, Ben Peterson, Peter Baldwin, Aiden Black and Scott Lindsay all included.
Squad. Scotland Under-21 (v Germany, Hamburg) T O'Kelly, S Allan (AAM Gordonians), M McIntyre, P Baldwin, A Black, B Peterson, S Lindsay (Clydesdale), M Bremner, A Forsyth, L Morton (Glynhill Kelburne), A Walker, H Imrie, M Connor, F Sands (Grange), S Hadfield (CALA Edinburgh), C Duncan (Inverleith), C Falconer (Grove Menzieshill), M Elwin (VWS Dundee Wanderers)
Gregor Townsend, Glasgow Warriors' new head coach was pleased with the impact made by new signings Taylor Paris and Byron McGuigan in their 20-17 pre-season loss to Castres in France, writes David Kelso. Paris. the teenage Canadian winger, and McGuigan, formerly of Scotland sevens, scored a try each before a late pushover score secured victory for the home side.
"It was good to get 80 minutes under our belts against a side who are only a fortnight away from competitive rugby in the Top 14," said Townsend. "We didn't start all that well, which was not a huge surprise given the heat and the fact this was our first time on the pitch together, but we really picked up in the second half and played some impressive rugby.
"Taylor and Byron took their tries very well, and I was really pleased with the shifts that Tommy Seymour, Peter Murchie and Fraser Thomson put in. The pack worked very hard for each other as always, and Angus Macdonald showed just why we brought him here in the way he defended and read the game."
Warriors next play Sale Sharks at Heywood Road a week on Saturday and Exeter Chiefs at Ayr five days later.