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Scotland-England to face off again

Cricket Scotland can today announce that England will again travel north to play Scotland in a one-day international in 2014.

The match, which will take place on Friday 9 May, will be held at Mannofield, Aberdeen, the home of Aberdeenshire Cricket Club.

The match will be the third time that the countries will have met in Scotland following previous ODI encounters in 2008 and 2010.

Mannofield has played host to many of the national team’s fixtures in recent years, being the main venue for first-class cricket as well as ODI matches against the majority of Scotland’s associate nation peers.

To date only one full ICC member has played an ODI at the ground - New Zealand in 2008 when they defeated both Scotland and Ireland at the venue.

The historic ground was also the venue for Sir Donald Bradman’s final hundred in the UK scored for the touring Australian ‘Invincibles’ against Scotland in September 1948.

Announcing the fixture, Roddy Smith, chief executive of Cricket Scotland commented: "We are delighted that England will once again come to Scotland to play an ODI in 2014.

"Our partnership with the ECB is crucial to our development plans and this fixture will give our cricketing public a great opportunity to see the England team competing against our national side on home soil.

"The decision to play the match in Aberdeen is based on a number of factors, such as the strong cricketing community in the city, the quality of the facility at Mannofield, the economic strength of the city at present and the fact that our major sponsor, The Parkmead Group, one of the UK’s fastest-growing energy companies is headquartered in Aberdeen.

"Taken together, all these reasons gave Mannofield a compelling case to host this big game.

"An excellent crowd supported Scotland during our T20 series against Kenya in Aberdeen this summer, and we hope to attract a large crowd of supporters and corporate guests to the game.

"There are four born and bred Aberdonians in the Scotland squad currently in Sri Lanka, including the captain Kyle Coetzer, so we are sure the Aberdeen cricketing public will come along and support the team in the biggest game of cricket to be held in the city for over 60 years."

Tom Cross, chairman of The Parkmead Group, welcomed the match being played in Aberdeen, commenting: "The Parkmead Group is proud to be the national sponsor of cricket in Scotland.

"We hope all parts of the Aberdeen community, including our businesses, the authorities and the public, will come forward and show their positive support for this exciting contest, so that we can continue to bring world-class sporting events to our city."

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