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Yesterday Scotland stunned  the cricketing world by beating number one-ranked England  (and Wales)by six runs in a nerve-wracking one-day international in Edinburgh. Having posted a massive 371 with the bat, Scotland held their nerve in the field and with the ball to clinch a thrilling game in dramatic fashion with just seven balls of the match remaining. 

I hope any readers in Scotland forgive me because as a Welshman it does leave me with a bit of a bitter taste.

Because my own Nation may never emulate hat victory.


  Because Scotland beat England  (and Wales) because the although there is    Welsh cricket team (Welsh: Tîm criced cenedlaethol Cymru) suppositiously  the representative cricket team for Wales.Wales is represented in Test Cricket by the England team, even though the Welsh cricket team continues to play short form cricket periodically.

Even if all eleven players were born in Wales t would still be refered to as England,
 
In many ways it signifies our current position in the UK and world   and our future as an Annexe of England

 There have been calls for the country to be represented by its own national team as in other sports. Criticism has been made of the England and Wales Cricket Board using only the England name whilst utilising Welsh players such as Simon Jones and Geraint Jones, both of whom were instrumental in England winning the Ashes for the first time in almost 20 years in 2005.

Even more embarrassing there is a Wales Minor Counties Cricket Club  which is one of twenty minor county clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales. It represents all of the historic counties of Wales except Glamorgan and is currently the only non-English member of the Minor Counties Championship.

The team is currently a member of the Minor Counties Championship Western Division, having joined in 1988 after Somerset’s second eleven left the competition, and plays in the MCCA Knockout Trophy. 

In politics as well as cricket after Scottish Independence  our future looks like being part of England and Wales where , the “Wales” part  is hardly ever used and we are treated like an English county.

 Congratulations to Scotland in a fine win , but from a Welsh point of view its an example of our place in the world and it must change,