Exciting Finish in Indoor Tournament
The final indoor competition before moving to the outdoor season took place on Sunday (7th April), with 10 teams from all over Scotland coming together at the National Cricket Academy in Edinburgh.
Indoor cricket has proved to be a massive hit with the clubs and schools in Scotland and this has been reflected with the number of participants and teams that have attended all of the four tournaments! The format for the final competition of the winter saw two groups of five playing a round robin format with the top two teams progressing to the semi-final stage.
St. Boswells and George Watson’s College 1 proved to be the two strongest teams in Group A and St. Boswells made it out as winners, not losing a game. Caitlin Ormiston was outstanding throughout the tournament with the ball and managed to produce a stunning over where she recorded the figures of 3/5!
Although the George Watson’s College team is young, their players certainly know how to win cricket games! Georgia Henderson hit sixes for fun and was well supported by the Bryce sisters who made hitting the ball into gaps look extremely easy.
St. Andrews University, Edinburgh Ladies and a mixed team, made up of players from all teams, made up the final three teams in group A. They showed real signs of improvements but were unlucky to come up against strong opposition in St. Boswells and a George Watson’s Collage, both clearly having a great day on the pitch.
Group B was a closely fought section with all of the teams recording at least one win. Luckily there was no need for net run-rate calculations, as Edinburgh University went through the group undefeated and Stirling County finished in 2nd place after losing to Edinburgh University in one of the earlier matches.
Special mention to Tamzin Grossart from Stirling County who took 4 wickets in one over, a first in any women’s indoor tournaments which have been run by Cricket Scotland. Another first saw the Eastern Regional Girls Development (ERDC) team enter, and on any other day could have progressed to the semi-finals.
Lisa Thompson from ERDC had a good day with bat and ball and showed real talent in all facets of the game. The ERDC top scored the day when they scored 100 from their allotted 5 overs, with Thompson smashing seven sixes! Galloway and George Watson’s College 2 made up the remainder of group B.
Both semi-finals were tense affairs as St. Boswells took on Stirling County and Edinburgh University played George Watson’s College 1. George Watson’s College 1 batted first and racked up 76 in their allotted 5 overs. Tight bowling from Kathryn Bryce and Elinor Brown made it difficult for the University girls to keep up with the run rate as George Watson’s College closed out the match to win by 21 runs.
In the second semi-final St. Boswells batted first against Stirling County and some excellent bowling and fielding by Stirling ensured St. Boswells were restricted to 35 from their allotted 5 overs.
In reply, the Stirling batters didn’t hang about and reached the total after 3 overs. Credit to St. Boswells who had a good mix of youth and experience and are certainly a team to watch in the future.
In the final George Watson’s College 1 batted first and scored 51 as Stirling County’s fielding and catching was again impressive and restricted the score to 51. Fiona Sheridan took two outstanding catches to remove the dangerous Kathryn Bryce and Georgia Henderson.
The final chase was another entertaining affair, as the Stirling County batters did well to keep up with the run rate set by George Watsons and passed the total of 51 with only five balls to spare. It was a thrilling end to what had been a fantastic day of indoor cricket enjoyed by over 60 girls and women.
Women’s Cricket Development Manager, Kari Carswell said at the conclusion of the tournament, “I’m delighted to finish the indoor season at the National Cricket Academy. Having 10 teams turn up and get involved during the Easter holidays is a credit to the schools and clubs who play such a vital role in the development of the game in Scotland.
Some of the skills on show today were terrific and its evident that the hard work back in our clubs and schools is certainly paying off. I would like to thank all the coaches and players who came along to all the tournaments and supporting the league and cup competitions in Scotland. The outdoor season is just around the corner and I’m sure every cricketer in Scotland is desperate for some dry weather and a good season!”
Special thanks to Lea Tsui, Fiona Urquhart and Nadia Wheeler who umpired and scored the matches so efficiently.