Preston Mommsen’s journey from being a schoolboy cricketer in South Africa to becoming the captain of Scotland has been quite remarkable. He was born in Durban and during his school years, he excelled in both rugby and cricket, representing South Africa schoolboys. His exceptional sporting abilities earned him a scholarship to Gordonstoun School in Scotland. After completing his education, he made the decision to permanently relocate to his adopted country.
Mommsen’s impressive performance in school cricket paved the way for opportunities in domestic cricket. After residing in Edinburgh for four years, he became eligible to represent the Scotland national team. His one-day international debut was in 2010 against the Netherlands, and he played a pivotal role in helping Scotland secure their third appearance at an ICC Cricket World Cup.
Notably, during the qualifying tournament in New Zealand in January 2014, Mommsen showcased his talent by scoring 520 runs in eight innings and was rightfully named Player of the Tournament. Among his standout performances was his remarkable innings of 139 against the United Arab Emirates in the final. This incredible year culminated in Mommsen being honored as the 2014 ICC Associate and Affiliate Player of the Year, and he was entrusted with the captaincy of Scotland’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 squad.