Kirstie Gordon hits maiden half century in Wildcats defeat
The Wildcats started life in Division 2 of the Royal London Women’s One Day Cup with a double header weekend against Wales (Sunday 3rd May) and Staffordshire (Monday 4th May).
Staffordshire v Wildcats [Scorecard]
The Wales fixture was abandoned without a ball being bowled. Overnight and early morning rain left the wicket and surrounding areas wet and too dangerous to play. Not the ideal start to life in division 2 but waiting for a pitch to dry is part and parcel of being a cricketer.
Oakmoor Cricket Club was the venue for the fixture against Staffordshire. Abbi Aitken lost the toss and the team were asked to bat first. The Wildcats suffered an early set back as opener Rachel Scholes was caught behind for 2 in the 2nd over. Ollie Rae and Annette Drummond together built a 50 partnership before the latter departed for a composed 28 leaving the Wildcats 72-2 after 15 overs.
Despite scoring at a healthy run rate, keeping wickets in hand was proving to be more of a challenge. Following the wickets of Liz Priddle and Ollie Rae for 8 and 22 respectively, Kirstie Gordon and Charlotte Bascombe started rebuilding the innings with a score of over 200 looking possible. Bascombe was bowled for 17 and then Alice Baldwin and Samantha Haggo departed in quick succession, all of a sudden 200 looked a stretch too far. Abbi Aitken and Ruth Willis supported Gordon well in the middle by keeping the board ticking but shortly after Gordon reached her maiden senior half century the Wildcats had been bowled out for 194 in 46.2 overs.
An opening partnership of 82 put Staffordshire firmly on the front foot. Debutant Alice Baldwin got the breakthrough wicket of Charlotte Whyle for 26, when Bascombe held on to a catch at mid-wicket. Staffordshire were 112-2 after 26 overs when Annette Drummond caught Evelyn Jones (54) at mid- on off the bowling of Ollie Rae.
Kirstie Gordon took a sharp caught and bowled to dismiss Alex Hale for 26 and Samantha Haggo picked up two late wickets, although by that time Staffordshire were well on their way to victory and with 8 overs to spare, reached the target score with 5 wickets still in hand.
After the game Cricket Scotland caught up with Head Coach Kari Carswell, “Clearly it’s not the result we wanted but we need to take it and look at where we can improve for the next round of fixtures.
“Kirstie batted with real maturity to get her first senior 50 - huge congratulations to her. We are disappointed with the number of catches we dropped and had we held on to them it could have changed the game, no doubt about it, but we didn’t and that’s the margins that can win or lose you a game.
“As a batting unit we had a number of girls that got starts and didn’t go on and we possibly tried too hard to pick up wickets and bowled a fraction short on occasions. I’m really proud of the girls that they fought all the way to the end and that they recognise the areas of the game they need to improve. We don’t hide from a challenge and everyone is raring to go for the next round of fixtures”.
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