Scotland pipped by Lancashire
The Scotland Development XI got off to another flying start in their second match in the Sport Arabia ARCH Trophy.
This was an opportunity to bounce back from their opening day defeat by Wales. It was also a chance to play a day/night fixture, something that very few of the tour party had experienced before.
Scotland won the toss and elected to field first, as opening bowler, Nadia Wheeler got the ball rolling for Scotland in the 2nd over when she removed Emma Lamb for 1.
With the wind in the their sails, the dot balls kept building the pressure on the batters and eventually took its toll as Hanna Till was run-out for 17, after Kirsty Gordon, Kirsty Strachan and Lois Wilkinson combined forces.
Next ball saw Jess Couser bowled by Wilkinson to reduce Lancashire to 39/3. She wasn’t going to stop there, a devastating spell of bowling helped Scotland into a strong position, claiming the wickets of Maddy White, Nalisha Patel and Laura Marshall, to put Lancashire in a bit of trouble at 60/6 in the 22nd over.
A seventh wicket partnership between Hayley Martinus and Doshi managed to push the score past 100 as Lancashire lifted the scoring rate in the final 10 overs, that was until Kathryn Bryce removed the pair in the 34th over.
Extras again proved to be a thorn in the young Development team’s side – 34 in total.
Scotland needed a good start and put 12 runs on the board from the first 2 overs before Wilkinson was dismissed by Doshi for 7.
Some positive batting from Liz Priddle led the Scotland chase but, after she had been dismissed by Couser the scoring rate slowed down. Some wayward bowling, giving away 65 extras, from the Lancashire attack kept Scotland on course, but it was vital that they got ahead of the run-rate.
With Scotland requiring 37 runs from 48 balls, the youngsters would have been hopeful of getting over the line, however, Couser ripped through Scotland’s middle order, finishing with figures of 8-0-27-4 to give Lancashire the momentum.
In the end, the English county showed their experience with Scotland leaving themselves too much to do in the final few overs, endeding up an agonising 13 runs short of the target.
The squad’s final group game will be against Sussex tomorrow.