Bryce helps Wildcats to opening win
The Wildcats returned from their opening weekend ECB Division 3 fixtures against Norfolk and Northamptonshire.
Sadly, the game against Northamptonshire was abandoned due to rain, as only 2 overs in the second innings were possible.
On Sunday’s opener Wildcats captain Abbi Aitken lost the toss against Norfolk and the Scots were asked to bat first at Fakenham CC.
Annette Drummond and Kari Anderson opened the batting, and would’ve have hoped to get off to a better start. Drummond was needlessly run out and Ollie Rae batting at 3 was also run out, leaving the Wildcats 10-2 - not the most ideal start to the 2016 season.
Kathryn Bryce batted superbly throughout the innings to finish on 73 not out and was ably supported by Lorna Jack, Katie McGill and Abbi Aitken, who all added significant runs to help build the total.
The 50+ run partnership between Bryce and McGill was key to the innings and helped the Wildcats post 226-7 after their 50 overs. At the tea interval the Wildcats were satisfied with their efforts and were keen to get off to a good start with the ball.
Alice Baldwin took the first over and the Wildcats didn’t have to wait long to get their first wicket. Baldwin clean bowling two batters in her first over.
At the other end Abbi Aitken bowled the other opener, Norfolk were 0-3 after 9 balls. The middle order of Norfolk looked to rebuild and didn’t give a chance to the Wildcats bowlers until the 20th over, Lorna Jack’s quick hands allowed Anderson to get her first of 3 wickets with a sharp stumping.
McGill (1), Kathryn White (2) & Samantha Haggo (1) bowled tight lines and picked up the remaining wickets to give the Wildcats victory by 64 runs with 4 overs remaining.
The second game of the weekend was against Northamptonshire at Wellingborough Cricket Club. Aitken called correctly on this occasion and chose to field first.
Baldwin and Aitken opened the bowling, and although there was no immediate breakthrough both bowlers kept the pressure on the Northants batters by not offering them any loose deliveries.
The introduction of Ruth Willis was a masterstroke and got the wicket the bowling unit deserved, Northants 20-1 after 10 overs.
Kathryn Bryce picked up the 2nd wicket and when the drinks break came at 25 overs the score was 60-2 and the Wildcats could be satisfied with their mornings work.
Caitlin Ormiston picked up the wicket of Hankins, caught by Aitken at mid- wicket in the 32nd over and then Anderson and Haggo picked up a wicket each before the 40th over.
With the last 10 overs to go Northants were 130-5, the innings very much in the balance. Anderson, Aitken and a direct hit by Baldwin meant that the final 10 overs only cost the Wildcats 21 runs and they were also able to pick up 3 wickets. A superb effort in the field by all the girls. The forecast was for rain later in the afternoon and on this occasion the forecast was spot on!
The Wildcats only faced 2 overs before the match was abandoned just after 5pm.
After the opening set of fixtures, Abbi Aitken said. “It was great to finally get our season underway and to get a win against Norfolk was pleasing. We are obviously disappointed the game against Northants was abandoned because we felt we restricted them well in the field and that we had the batting line up to chase down 151, however it wasn’t meant to be.
We have work to do in all areas of our game but with the regional training coming at the girls thick and fast I’m confident the girls will make the necessary improvements to their game. We will regroup and get ready for the next game against Gloucestershire on the 15th May”.