Girls Kwik Cricket Tournament
Doo’cot Park was the venue for the second Cricket Scotland Girls Kwik Cricket Day on Sunday 25th August. The weather always plays an important in the running of such events and as luck would have it the day stayed dry.
Eleven teams represented their club or school on the day; Teams from Loretto, George Watson’s College, Dollar Academy, Portmoak PS Kinross-shire CC, Greenock CC, Carlton CC, Forfarshire CC, Rossie Priory CC, Moray Development Group and Huntly CC.
The format allowed teams to play as many as five games throughout the day, a challenge for any young cricketer but also a great opportunity to gain valuable playing experience, and not to mention meeting new friends!
On the day there were some exceptional skills; one handed diving catches, some big sixes, some elegant cover drives and some wicket to wicket bowling, not to forget the direct hits coming from some accurate throwing.
Abbi Aitken Scotland Women’s Captain was on hand to share her experiences and encourage the youngsters to continue to play the game, “It’s great to see so many enthusiastic girls playing the game.
To see the increase in the number of girls attending the day from last year is a real testament to all the schools, clubs and volunteer coaches who are doing an amazing job to encourage and motivate girls to play the game.
It’s such an important part of our Player Pathway in Scotland and hopefully next year we will see even more girls coming along. Many attended without a side and were placed in a team on the day, and I think that worked really well - it’s great to see the girls enjoying their day”.
On the other oval at Doo’cot Ollie Rae and Fi Urquhart ran a hardball game for those girls who have been involved in the recently introduced regional U16 squads, along with those girls who play hardball cricket at their club.
There were 23 girls in total including 5 girls in the existing Scotland U17s squad. The day started with some warm games and fielding and then a 24 over game of pairs cricket followed by a 10 over 'bash'.
The teams were very evenly matched with the U17s split between the sides. It promised to be a good contest from the onset. Team one was brilliantly led by captain Caitlin Heathcote, and Lily Steindl as vice, who integrated all of the girls well and won the first pairs game in the last over by one run.
All was to play for in the second 10 over game where team two, captained by Katherine Bryce the current Scotland u17 captain, we're looking for pay back. The game was played in great spirits and team 2 came through strongly chasing the runs in the 9th over. A win for both teams summed up the day well, with everyone enjoying playing their cricket.
The aim of the hardball event was to allow the girls to go out and show what they can do and they certainly did that. It bodes well for the future of Girls cricket in Scotland with some excellent talent coming through the ranks.
Cricket Scotland would like to thank all who attended the event and made it a resounding success. Thanks to Ollie Rae, Fi Urquhart and Abbi Aitken for helping co-ordinate the day. If you would like further information on girls and women’s cricket in Scotland please contact Kari Carswell (firstname.lastname@example.org)