The Cricket Scotland Women’s Super Series got underway at Arbroath on Sunday showcasing the best female players in Scotland. The Series sees teams coached by Peter Ross and Daniel Sutton go head-to-head over five of the next six weekends and forms and important part of Scotland’s preparations for the European Qualifier for the Women’s T20 World Cup in August.
With a win a piece at the end of the day, two well-balanced sides played good cricket with established names putting in some solid performances, while a number of young players made their mark.
In Game 1, having won the toss and putting the opposition in to bat, the Ross XI made a good start with three early wickets for Scotland star Megan McColl and two for Abtaha Maqsood, ahead of her debut in The Hundred saw the Sutton XI slump to 82/9 from their 20 overs.
The Ross XI opening pair of Abbi Aitken-Drummond and Ailsa Lister made a strong start reaching 30 without loss after 7 overs. At the halfway mark the Ross XI were 57/1 and a good partnership between Aitken-Drummond and Becky Glen, who scored 36 off 21 balls, took them past their target after just 12.4 overs to win by 9 wickets.
In Game 2 skipper Katie McGill won the toss and elected to bat. Ellen Watson and Lorna Jack opened well reaching 50 without loss after 9 overs.
Watson was bowled by Hannah Rainey in the tenth over, but .the Sutton side pushed on passing 100 after 15 overs. Jack was eventually out lbw for an attacking 46, Maqsood the bowler with her side finishing on 133/2.
There were two quick wickets as Ross XI began their reply – Ailsa Lister and Abbi Aitken-Drummond both out, well caught by Emma Walsingham and Ikra Farooq respectively. And then a hat-trick from Nayma Shaikh stopped the Ross XI recovery in its tracks at 72/6 with 10 to go.
Megan McColl was run out for 37 with four overs to go and 30 runs needed to win and the Ross side could not overhaul the Sutton total, finishing on 125 all out, five runs short of victory.
Following a terrific day’s cricket, with honours even overall between the two sides, the Super Series resumes at Clydesdale next Sunday.