2015 Women's Awards
The 2015 women’s awards evening took place on Friday 8th April at Carlton CC.
The guests were entertained by short speeches from a host of speakers that included President elect Bruce Dixon, Katie McGill, Kari Carswell & Ross Brooks from Cricket Scotland. First up was Kari Carswell, Women’s Cricket Manager who gave a round-up of the domestic trophy winners and an update on the of girls events at kwik cricket and secondary school level.
Katie McGill who assisted the U17 girls programme in 2015 provided a comprehensive report of the season, highlighting some outstanding individual performances that happened throughout the season. The standout performance was without doubt the unbroken partnership of 336 between Kathryn and Sarah Bryce during an U17 game - Kathryn finishing on 173 not out and Sarah 132 not out.
President Elect Bruce Dixon was on hand to present the U17 awards. The winners were as follows;
Player of the Year – Sarah Bryce
Batter of the Year – Kathryn Bryce
Bowler of the Year – Abtaha Maqsood
Fielder of the Year – Nina Whitaker
Senior operations Manager Ross Brooks handed out the following awards to the senior award winners;
Bowler of the Year – Kirstie Gordon (20 wickets in all formats, with a best of 3-16)
Fielder of the Year – Abbi Aitken (9 catches and 3 run outs)
Batter of the Year – Kari Anderson (338 runs, top score of 86, average 37.66)
Kari Carswell who stepped down as head coach in December was on hand to present the Players Player of the Year and Most Improved Cricketer. Kathryn Bryce was recognised for her outstanding season by picking up the Players’ Player of the Year award and Sarah Bryce picked up the most improved players after her breakthrough season in the senior squad.
Commenting after the event Kari Carswell said, “The 2015 season was a long one, with some of the national squad not finishing until December, so it was quite nice to take some time to reflect on what was a decent season.
We played a lot of cricket in 2015, and at times we played some really good cricket. The 2016 season is just around the corner and I know both national squads are raring to go.
Both have new coaching staff in place with Kathryn White and Katie McGill coaching the girls U17 squad and Steven Knox taking up the reins with the senior squad.
There is a lot to look forward to in 2016, it’s equally as busy as 2015, but that’s what we want. We want both squads to experience lots of cricket against quality opposition and I think the fixture list for both reflects this.
It’s not all about the national squads though, the National League and Scottish Cup fixture are close to being finalised. The girls kwik cricket event in August has become a permanent fixture and I’m looking forward to that day already! Before that we have a final indoor tournament, a coaching camp and 2 national secondary school girls tournaments to take place. It’s going to be a busy summer but it’s so exciting!”
Cricket Scotland would like to say a big “thank you” to all the coaches, parents, supporters and clubs that played a huge part in making the 2015 season a success. Without their ongoing support and dedication, it would not be possible to play fixtures home and away.
Thanks also to David Potter for coming along to photograph awards evening and for all his help and support during the season.