Edinburgh win Grangemouth Indoor Tournament
The first of four women’s indoor tournaments took place on Sunday 24th November at Grangemouth Sports Complex.
Although a lot of cricketers are hibernating, eight teams entered the 6 a-side tournament in what proved to be an enjoyable day for all involved. Some players were playing their first ever matches and for some, at the tender age of 11, it was their eighth event!
Teams were split into two groups of four, with the winners of each group playing the final.
Group A was dominated by the girls from Edinburgh University 1s who went through their group beating Glasgow Accies, St. Andrews University and Galloway.
St. Andrews University put in 2 fine performances against Glasgow Accies and Galloway to finish 2nd in the group, and all credit to Glasgow Accies who, after a spate of late call offs and numerous ladies playing in their first indoor matches, recorded a victory over Galloway (who had won their first indoor tournament in Peebles in November 2012).
Group B was closely contested and at one stage it looked like three teams could reach the final - calculators were at the ready! All teams won at least one group game, including the newly named Royal High Corstorphine Ladies (previously Edinburgh Indoor) winning their 2nd ever indoor match.
St. Boswells’ young team continue to impress, while Edinburgh University 2s came close to reaching the final - narrowly losing a close game to Stirling County by only 6 runs. Stirling County managed to get over the line in all 3 group games to progress to the final where they would meet Edinburgh University 1s.
Stirling batted first and the Edinburgh University bowlers and fielders were exceptional, restricting them to 32/2. Not much got past the fielders and there was some outstanding catching and bowling on show from the university girls throughout the day.
Rebecca Oliver and Katie McGill didn’t give the Stirling bowlers or fielders any opportunities, winning the game with 14 balls to spare! The bus journey back to Edinburgh wouldn’t have been a quiet one.
Cricket Scotland would like to thank all the players and officials, in particular Kat Heathcote for scoring throughout the day and Olivia Rae for coming along and umpiring - it really does make the day run incredibly smoothly with the extra help.
Kari Carswell was pleased the first tournament was well attended, “Indoor cricket seems to be popular with the ladies. It’s great to see some new faces coming along and having fun and the skill level is certainly improving all the time.
It is such a fantastic way to get involved and I know that those who have been playing for a few years (some longer) always enjoy the tournaments. You are always guaranteed to get 3 or 4 games at a tournament like this and there is no better place to learn than on the ‘pitch’.
I would like to say a huge thanks to all the clubs/schools/universities that have contributed to such a fantastic 2013 by supporting all the events that have been run for girls and women. It has been a busy year but an immensely enjoyable one - I’m expecting 2014 to be just as busy!”
The next tournament is in February at Craigholme School in Glasgow a brilliant venue for indoor cricket.