Aitken and Priddle shine for Wildcats
The Scotland Wildcats played Worcestershire and Durham in the second week of the Royal London Women’s One-Day Championship last weekend, looking to bounce back after an opening day defeat to Staffordshire.
After winning the toss and electing to bowl first against Worcestershire, the Wildcats felt relatively pleased with their bowling and fielding efforts, having restricted their opponents to 211/9 from their 50 overs.
Captain Abbi Aitken was in fine form with the ball, and deservedly picked up her first five wicket haul of the season.
Kirstie Gordon, Lois Wilkinson, Samantha Haggo and Kathryn White returned with one wicket each.
To back up the tight line and length, Katie McGill (2), Haggo, Aitken and Wilkinson took some excellent catches.
Annette Drummond and Kathryn White looked comfortable opening the batting, before Drummond was out, adjudged LBW, with the score on 18.
Kathryn White and Ollie Rae went about building a partnership but when White was out it sparked a mini collapse. Liz Priddle and Kirstie Gordon both went quickly and when the score was 51/4, as the oppositions total looked a long way away.
Charlotte Bascombe supported Oli Rae in a partnership of 26 to get the Wildcats back on track, but when Bascombe was out caught with the score on 77/5 the Wildcats were under serious pressure to keep up with the run rate, while keeping wickets in hand.
Haggo made scoring look easy but took on a risky single and was out to a direct hit, and when Rae was out stumped for a patient 36, the Wildcats were 113/7.
McGill batted sensibly and was the mainstay of the rest of innings finishing on 30 not out. By the time the 50 overs were completed the Wildcats had reached 179/9 - 33 runs short.
After excellent hospitality by Barnt Green CC the Wildcats were back on the road and heading up to Darlington for a night’s rest before taking on Durham at Durham City CC.
Aitken won the toss again and elected to bowl first. Liz Priddle had an excellent direct hit to get the Wildcats off and running. After that though the girls had to be patient for their next wicket, and wait until the 32nd over with score on 84/2.
Although the Durham batters weren’t scoring quickly they were steadily accumulating the runs, although the Wildcats will rue a few chances to pick up wickets.
You couldn’t keep Priddle out of the action as she claimed two scalps, as did Kirstie Gordon, while Samantha Haggo and Abbi Aitken were the other wicket takers.
At the half way mark the Wildcats could be pleased with their first innings efforts, as the ground fielding and catching were an improvement on the previous day, as was the line and length of the bowling.
It would be a fair assessment to say the batting didn’t quite go to plan - as the Wildcats found themselves skittled out for 50 by the Durham spinners in their reply.
Only Liz Priddle looked comfortable against the bowlers and she saved some of the Wildcats blushes with a solid 30 not out. Not a game to dwell on, but one where lessons were learnt.
Kari Carswell, Scotland Womens Head Coach gave an honest assesment on the weekend, “Naturally as a group we are gutted not to win either of the games at the weekend.
In both games there were points where we can be happy with how we’ve played, but our batting has to be looked at and we need to work hard on this area of their game. We’ve talked and practiced a lot during the indoor training phase, but we need to take that on to the park ,and do it pretty quickly."
She continued, "There is no doubt this a talented bunch of cricketers and I’m confident that going into the 20 over games in a couple weeks that we will bounce back. We have our first round of regional fixtures on Sunday and it’s a great opportunity for the players to show what they can do with the bat.”