Scotland thrash Durham
Scotland Development XI played their final fixture in the ARCH Sport Arabia Trophy today against Durham in the 7th/8th place play off.
After coming so close against Lancashire, the Development XI were looking to end the tournament on a high. Scotland won the toss and fielded first, which they have done in every match during the tournament so far, and it was an exemplary performance with both bat and ball by the youngsters.
Scotland couldn’t have hoped for a better start in the field, as Liz Priddle claimed the wickets of both the Durham openers.
The Scottish bowlers capitalised on the great start and kept the pressure on, with Haggo following up her impressive figures against Sussex the previous day with another excellent spell – her 8 overs yielded 3 wickets for only 14 runs, and included 2 maidens.
Lois Wilkinson ensured she was not to be out done in the wickets stake, as Scotland’s leading wicket taker in the tournament delivered a spell to bring Durham to their knees, reducing them to 42/7 in the 21st over.
It has been evident that the Development XI has had to learn some tough lessons throughout the week, having got themselves into good positions and letting it slip, but today they were clinical, as Kathryn Bryce claimed the final wicket to dismiss Durham for 57 in the 28th over.
Priddle, who has consistently batted well throughout the tournament, finished the match in style, sending a Watson delivery to the boundary to give Scotland a convincing 9 wicket win.In reply, Scotland showed no nerves going after the Durham total, even after Lois Wilkinson had been dismissed in the 2nd over. Prinaz Chatterji (10*) and Liz Priddle (35*) batted maturely to ensure that there were to be no more wickets for the Durham bowlers.
The squad can leave Dubai with their heads held high and be proud of the commitment and work ethic shown over the past week - there is no doubt that it has been a terrific experience for the squad and one every member will learn from ahead of the domestic season.