Like Sarah Bryce, who was skipper that day and whose favourite match we recently featured on the website, Priyanaz Chatterji has fond memories of August 10 2019 in Deventer, The Netherlands.
The Scots had struggled in their first match in the T20I Quadrangular Series against Thailand two days earlier – losing by 74 runs – before bouncing back in style against Ireland.
Given the whole team had only scored 55 all out versus Thailand, when Priyanaz came to the crease against Ireland with Scotland batting first she could have been a bit nervous with the score on 24-2.
That was in the sixth over, but she steadied the ship with 20 from 20 balls, including two 4s, meaning that when she was out caught and bowled to Lara Maritz the team were well set on 68-3 with six overs and two balls left.
Opener Lorna Jack made 32 and was well supported by 12 not out from Ellen Watson as the team posted 105-6 from their 20 overs.
“Batting first we perhaps posted a below par score, but despite losing wickets throughout we managed to keep the run rate ticking over which is something we’d struggled with in the past,” Priyanaz, who recently returned from a spell playing in New Zealand, recounts.
“It was also really pleasing to see a wee cameo from Ellen at the end of the innings, helping us to post 105 which was definitely defendable.
“Going into the second innings, we knew we’d need to bowl and field really well as there weren’t lots of runs on the board to play with.
“Although Ireland were on track with the run rate for much of the game, we knew that if we didn’t let them get away – and kept taking wickets – that we were in it.
“The team’s fielding was the best it had been in a while and that was shown with three run outs.
“Our spinners bowled really economically and slowly the run rate crept up for Ireland.”
That pressure saw Ireland fall to 78-4 with just 11 balls of their innings left and the pressure was kept up as they finished on 94-7.
“I think it was really exciting from our perspective that whilst there was no stand out player in the match, there were contributions from many in the team,” Priyanaz, who herself took one wicket opening the bowling in the 11 run win, added.
“As a team we had been guilty of relying heavily on the same one or two players to have stand out performances in games leading into that period, so to put together a match winning performance without our usual ‘match winners’ going big, and with several newly capped players contributing, gave us a great deal of confidence and hope moving forwards.
“It was a really good achievement defending 105 after a poor start to the series and without Kathryn Bryce in our ranks that day.”
10 August 2019 at Deventer: Scotland 105 for 6 (L Jack 32, EAJ Richardson 3 for 14) beat Ireland 94 for 7 (KJ Garth 30, KJG Fraser 1 for 12) by 11 runs