First women's indoor tournaments of the season
The first cycle of ladies indoor cricket competitions in 2014/15 got underway on Sunday with two venues hosting two competitions, Loretto HS, Edinburgh and Glasgow Club Holyrood.
Ten teams in total, six in Edinburgh and four in Glasgow, took part in the first of the competitions, and it was extremely pleasing to see Watsonian CC and Castle Douglas HS play in their first ever competitive indoor fixtures.
The tournament in Glasgow was contested by Galloway CC, Castle Douglas HS, Glasgow Accies and Stirling County CC. A round robin format allowed all of the teams to play three games each with the team with the most points at the end of the games declared the winner.
Stirling County and Galloway got the tournament underway, as Stirling County set a competitive total of 72. Galloway were always in the game right up until the last over, where 2 wickets in 2 balls pegged them back as Stirling recorded the victory.
Castle Douglas HS played Glasgow Accies in their first ever game, and although Accies won comfortably the lessons learnt by Castle Douglas HS would see them improve in every game and concluding the tournament by reaching their highest score of 61 against Stirling County.
Galloway recorded their first victory of the year against the High School girls, scoring an impressive 71 for the loss of no wickets in their allotted 5 overs.
Glasgow Accies chased down Galloway’s score of 44 inside 4.3 overs to set up a must win game against Stirling County.
The game was close and could have gone either way. Stirling made 68 from their 5 overs and Glasgow Accies ensured they would take it to the wire, but 2 wickets in 2 balls by Lorna Jack halted their run chase and gave Stirling the victory by 8 runs. Stirling would go on to beat Castle Douglas High School by 15 runs to go through the tournament unbeaten.
Six teams participated in the East region and were split into two groups of three teams, playing round robin group matches and the winners of each group progressing to the final.
Watsonians topped Group A with assured victories against Edinburgh University and St Boswells. Alice Baldwin and Fiona Rae stood out particularly for their all-round performances. The rising talents in Maili Gardiner and Charis Scott shone brightly for the Borders side but couldn’t hold on against the university side, who hit the winning runs off the penultimate ball of the match.
Group B was a close run battle, with all teams claiming a win a piece. George Watson College started strongly, bowling out a youthful Carlton side to win the opening match of the group.
The Southsiders soon made amends against St Andrew's University; a brutal innings of 42 from Ruth Willis was no match for the Saints as they mustered only 24 in reply. GWC faltered in their run chase coming up 3 runs short against an impressive St Andrew's fielding display. Despite all team on equal points, George Watson College progressed to the final due to fewer wickets lost and more boundaries hit.
In the final, Watsonians made early breakthroughs against GWC, removing Kathryn Bryce and Bethany Mackay in the first two overs. Sally Jack & Sarah Bryce added 14 runs to the total in the third over but the latter was removed by Emma Brian’s first delivery with the score on 26-3. Emma Brian and Alice Baldwin bowled good lines to only concede 10 runs from the final two overs, restricting the GWC innings to 36-3.
Watsonians got off to a flyer, amassing 21 runs in the first two overs. Disciplined bowling from Sally Jack was rewarded with the wickets of Brian and Denise Hannestad to reignite GWC hopes but opener Fiona Rae and captain Alice Baldwin ran impressively between the wicket to claim victory by 2 wickets with only four balls to spare, in what the club's first indoor competition!
As always the tournament was played in great spirit by all of the teams involved. Particular thanks should go to Wildcats and Scottish internationalists Kari Carswell, Kathryn White and Nadia Wheeler for organising, umpiring and scoring and special thanks to David Potter for his collection of photographs from the day.
Kari Carswell Women’s Cricket Manager shared her thoughts at the end of play, “It’s been a busy day! I’m obviously really pleased that the two tournaments happened, both were played in great spirit and saw lots of new players, along with some new teams, and some fantastic skills were on show.
I can’t put in to words how great it is to see so many women and girls playing cricket. The outdoor season finished long ago and sometimes there is a tendency to want to go into hibernation for the winter, but I really believe that playing throughout the cold dark months encourages people to take up the sport, you are guaranteed training and games to be on. It is vitally important that these tournaments happen, everyone buys into the spirit of them enjoys them.”