Dutch, Scottish Boards Launch North Sea Pro Series

The North Sea Pro Series launched
Cricket Scotland Performance Director Andy Tennant and KNCB Chief Executive Richard Cox launch the North Sea Pro Series at Lord’s with the North Sea 50 and North Sea 20 Series Trophy.
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The Dutch and Scottish cricket boards have announced the launch of the North Sea Pro Series, which will see domestic teams from both countries play each other in 20 and 50-over matches.

The four professional teams from the two countries will play each other home and away in what the two boards are terming 'Europe's new professional cricket competition'.

Each team will play six Twenty20 games and six 50-over matches as they compete for the North Sea 20 and North Sea 50 titles.

Board representatives were at Lord's last week to launch the series, which will be supported by funding from the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Targeted Assistance Performance Programme (TAPP).

"We are delighted to be working together with our Dutch counterparts on this exciting new concept which clearly has benefits for both countries," Cricket Scotland's Performance Director Andy Tennant said.

"With no Scottish or Dutch involvement in English domestic competitions this year, this partnership is an ideal opportunity for us to stand on our own two feet and begin to develop a strong domestic professional competition for our best cricketers."

KNCB Chief Executive Richard Cox added: "This is a real reinforcement of the Netherlands intentions to embed a professional playing structure in the 50 over and T20 formats and these matches together with our own Hurricanes v Seafarers games in-country will go a long way to bridging the gap between club cricket and the international game in support of our home grown structures into the future."

Scotland recently qualified for the 2015 World Cup, which will be their first appearance at the finals of a global tournament since 2009, while the Netherlands recently qualified for the final stages of the ICC World Twenty20, ending their campaign with a 45-run win over England.

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