Scotland defeat Netherlands to take lead in Euro Qualifiers

12 Jul
Abbi Aitken celebrates after bowling Veringmeier (ICC Europe)
Scotland Women 218/5 (50 ov), K Bryce 49, Scholes 43, S Bryce 37 beat Netherlands Women 133/7 (26.0/26 ov, target 161) by 27 runs (D/L method) [Scorecard]

Scotland started their ICC European Women's CWC Qualifying campaign with a 28 run win over the Netherlands at Garon Park in Essex, to take a 1-0 series lead in the best of three matches between the countries. 

After being asked to bat first the Scots recovered from the early loss of Ollie Rae, as Sarah Bryce (37) and put on a 60 run partnership with Kari Anderson (25). 

Kathryn Bryce and Rachel Scholes pushed the Scotland total past 150, putting on the highest partnership of the match with 81 runs from 13.2 overs. 

Scholes was caught by Veringmeier off the bowling of Seigers for 43, but Kirstie Gordon (36), who quickly struck three consecutive fours, ensured a strong finish together with Bryce. 

The Wildcats innings concluded on 218 from their 50 overs, with Kathryn Bryce just one short of what would have been a deserved half-century. 

The game was disrupted with several rain delays which held up proceedings at the start of the second innings with the Dutch being set a D/L target to chase. 

When play did resume captain Aitken produced a feisty spell of bowling to claim 3/18 from five overs, which included a brute of a delivery to clean bowl the dangerous Miranda Veringmeier for 25 just as the rain returned. 

When the teams eventually returned to the field of play with a third revised D/L target the Scots continued to take hold on proceedings, as Gordon picked up 2/29. 

Despite a 65 run partnership between Esther de Lange (36*) and Annemjin Thompson (22) the Netherlands finished up 27 runs short (D/L Method). 

After the game Scotland captain Abbi Aitken said, "I’m delighted to start the series off with a convincing win! After being asked to bat first I thought we got off to a steady start [with the bat] which enabled our batters to play aggressively and with great intent at the back end of the innings.  

Unfortunately, the Scottish summer weather seemed to follow us and we were interrupted on a few occasions as we went out to bowl but the girls stuck to our plan well and regular wickets helped control the match well. It was a Fantastic team effort today.”

The teams will face-off again tomorrow at the same venue, where a win would seal Scotland's place in the ICC Global Qualifier in 2017. 

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