Scotland acclimatising to conditions in Thailand
The players arrived slightly bleary eyed into Bangkok on Friday afternoon to prepare for their upcoming WWT20Q campaign.
Although the hot and humid weather was a little bit of a shock to their system, the squad had already managed to squeeze in two training days and a practice match against China as they settling into their new environment.
Sunday’s practice match was a good opportunity to get an idea of how the pitches are going to play and make the necessary adaptations to tactics.
Captain Aitken said, "There is no underestimating how different these conditions are, the ball gets to you slower when you are batting and fielding- the pitches really turn too!"
Batting first, Scotland worked their way to 75/8, with only Kari Anderson (20) and Sarah Bryce (10) reaching double figures.
Not knowing what a good score would be, the women set about making sure thir bowling and fielding was up to scratch to ensure China were made to fight hard for their runs.
Things were going to plan and an early breakthrough from Abbi Aitken had China 6/1. Five wickets fell for 17 runs and China found themselves in a spot of trouble at 47/6, with Scotland women now very much on top.
China used the practice game to make sure their top four batters all got two innings each, and eventually reached the score with 1 ball remaining after some confusion over the actual score!
There was some good tight bowling on display from the Scots, with Aitken picking up 2-13, and Abtaha Maqsood 1-10 off four overs, while Kari Anderson finished with figures of 3-9.
At the end of the game head coach Kari was quite happy with the run out, “We needed to get the first game done and dusted to see how we would cope.
Of course it would have been nice to get a win, but we can be pleased with elements of our game and have identified areas that we want to improve. It was also great that we got everyone on the field at some stage.
I can’t even explain how warm it is and how tough it’s going to be, but credit to the girls they are working incredibly hard”.