President's XI visit Galloway Ladies
A President’s XI travelled to Gatehouse of Fleet to take on a Galloway Ladies team on Sunday 7th June. For the first time in what seemed like an age, the sun shone and the wind died down, perfect weather for a game of cricket.
President’s XI skipper Kari Carswell won the toss and elected to bat first. Nadia Wheeler and Rachel Scholes opened the batting, Fiona Ramsay and Nataile Hamblin wasted no time in getting their first wickets, Scholes, Wheeler & Briony Gillin all out left the President’s XI on 32/3 after 6 overs.
Jo Ashcroft and youngster Abtaha Maqsood steadied the ship and both retired after 20 overs with the score having progressed to 110-3. Some late hitting and great running from Lorna Jack 35* propelled the President’s XI to 166/5 at the end of their allotted 30 overs.
The Galloway innings got off to worst possible start when G. Ramsay was out run out trying to steal a 2nd run of the first ball of the innings. An accurate throw from Gillin left her with little chance of getting in.
P. Van Rooyen looked in good touched but a sharp catch at gully off the bowling of Gillin saw the end of a very good innings.
Jessica McCulloch a Galloway CCC member helped out the President’s XI after a late call off and luck would have it that Jess came on to bowl when her mum was at the crease! Jess managed to get her mum out stumped after some sharp work from Jack behind the stumps, and then bowled her club coach Hamblin in the next over.
The leg-spin of Maqsood and off-spin of Scholes kept the score down and picked up wickets at regular intervals. Galloway were bowled out in the 19th over with the score on 41.
After the match Kari Carswell, Women’s Cricket Manager, spoke to Cricket Scotland, “what a great day for female cricket in Scotland. We had 24 females playing cricket.
We had players with over 100 caps playing against some that have only taken up the sport, that doesn’t happen often. The result isn’t the important thing in games like this, it’s about the overall experience for everyone.
I really hope that we’ve managed to inspire the girls and women who play for Galloway and showed them how much fun cricket can be. They have been great hosts again and there is already talks of a match next year.
I just want to say a big thanks to everyone for coming along to play for either the President’s XI or Galloway and to those that scored and umpired.
It’s always a really enjoyable day when I come here and there is such a great buzz about the place.”