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Butterworth to represent Scotland

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Luke Butterworth

Luke Butterworth follows in the footsteps of fellow Tasmanians Michael Dighton, Dene Hills and Jason Krejza by joining Greenock

Tasmania all-rounder Luke Butterworth will be Scotland’s overseas player in this season’s Clydesdale Bank 40.

The 27-year-old has signed to play for the Saltires in the CB40 and Greenock in the Scottish national league this year.

The medium-pacer, who has represented Australia A, follows in the footsteps of fellow Tasmanians Michael Dighton, Dene Hills and Jason Krejza as a professional at Greenock.

Butterworth has played for Tasmania since 2003. He was the man of the match in the 2006-07 Sheffield Shield final when Tasmania won the first-class competition for the first time.

Cricket Scotland chief executive Roddy Smith said: "We have an excellent relationship with Tasmania and were keen on attracting another of their state players to replace George Bailey this year.

“Luke has a superb record and, being a genuine all-rounder, will greatly assist with the balance and options available to head coach Peter Steindl and captain Gordon Drummond.

“We are very grateful to Greenock CC for agreeing to Luke’s release to play for the Saltires."

Greenock spokesman Kenny Godsman added: "Greenock are delighted to have been able to recruit a player of Luke’s undoubted quality, and we are sure he will be an excellent club professional, as well as scoring heavily and taking wickets, as we play in the first year of the expanded SNCL."