Having won the toss, skipper Ollie Rae elected to bowl first against Durham. Her decision seemed justified after 2 overs, with regular Scotland captain Abbi Aitken picking up an early wicket.
Durham started to move steadily through their overs, negotiating their way to 44/1 before wickets for Rachel Scholes & Lois Wilkinson reduced Durham to 47/3 from 15 overs.
Two good partnerships, along with some wayward bowling, saw Durham move to 130/5 from 38 overs, and while regular wickets were taken, Durham finished their innings on 178/9. The pick of the Scottish bowlers was Wilkinson who took 3/32, and Lily Steindl who picked up a wicket while only conceding 7 runs from 4 overs.
The run chase started poorly with Rae back in the pavilion, along with Scholes, Wilkinson and Abtaha Maqsood within the first 10 overs, leaving Scotland reeling on 40/4. Unfortunately, the run chase struggled to get any momentum after that, and despite a fighting 29 from Aitken, Scotland were bowled out for 99.
Moving on to Monday at Carlton, the coin fell in favour of Rae again, and Northumberland were asked to bat first on a track which had a green tinge of promise for those who bowled in the correct areas.
An early wicket for Jess Mills settled the team, as they protected the ring fiercely and bowled good areas to restrict Northumberland to 27/1 from 10 overs.
The introduction of Steindl & Wilkinson into the attack brought a mini collapse, including the big wicket of Campbell, as Northumberland slumped to 45/6. A dogged partnership of 32 runs followed, but once Aitken struck for the first of her three wickets, Northumberland folded to 81 all out. A much-improved performance from the bowlers compared to the day before, and they were back up brilliantly in the field. A special mention must go to Sarah Bryce for the catches she took standing up, as well as her overall glove work.
Having been well fed, Rae & Bryce went about their business with an opening stand of 42, defending the good balls and punishing anything slightly off line. The departure of Bryce brought Wilkinson to the crease, and she pitched in with 12* to sit alongside Rae’s knock of 49* as Scotland cruised home by 9 wickets with 33 overs to spare.
After the match, Wildcats ‘A’ Head Coach Gordon Allan commented “It was good to see the way the girls bounced back after the defeat on Sunday, and put in a complete performance in all three departments in game two today.
We allowed Durham to score 40 more than they should have, and our start with the bat held us back from really having a good crack at the total. However, our disciplines were back on point today, and that reflects in the score line. We would like to say a huge thank you to the staff and volunteers at both St Bowells and Carlton for looking after us over the two days, and we hope that we can start to play more cricket at home in the coming seasons.”
The full Wildcats side now have the opportunity to take centre-stage as they begin their cricketing summer on Sunday 18th June with a T20 double header against Derbyshire & Hampshire.