Scotland women acclimatise in Sharjah
As the Scotland women’s squad prepare for their 2017 ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier in Sri Lanka dusted off the cobwebs and faced the heat with two warm up matches against Ireland in Sharjah, UAE.
The two games allowed the sides to experiment with their line-ups with 14 players able to get out on the field in these non-capped fixtures.
The first encounter saw Kathryn Bryce, who recently completes a stint with Melbourne Stars as an Associate Rookie, was the top scorer with 39 but the Scots struggled to get any momentum as they were all out for 133.
Ireland made light work of the chase but the batters and fielders were given the opportunity to have valuable game-time as they batted out their 50 overs making 246. Leg-spinner Abtaha Maqsood was the pick of the bowlers with 2/27.
The second game saw a much-improved Scotland performance as they restricted Ireland to 240 from their 50 overs as Ceceila Joyce compiled 54 runs at the top of the order while Clare Shillington struck 46 from 44 balls.
Scotland left themselves a bit short in their reply, although Ollie Rae made 46 opening-up and Kari Anderson’s unbeaten 65* gave them hope, they ended up running out of overs, finishing on 192 from their 50 overs and 48 runs short.
After the match captain Abbi Aitken said, “It was really good to get a couple of games under our belts in the UAE, the conditions have proved a good stepping stone for us in terms of our acclimatisation.
In our first game we didn’t quite hit the ground running as much as we’d have liked, but for the majority of us it was out firs run out on a cricket pitch for a number of months.
I was pleased with how we improved on the areas we identified from the first game and I thought we put in a much better performance.
Ireland are a well drilled outfit and I think if we continue to build on the performances that we started to see today we’ll be heading into the tournament in a good place.”
Scotland now travel to Sri Lanka where they will play their final warm-up game against Zimbabwe before starting their campaign against South Africa.
Scotland v Ireland - Game 1 [Scorecard]
Scotland v Ireland - Game 2 [Scorecard]