Scotland women head to Dublin
Scotland women will play four T20 games against Canada and Thailand on the 18/19 July. Canada and Thailand are preparing for the ICC Global T20 qualifiers that take place the following week.
Playing against unknown opposition will give the young Scots an opportunity to see how far they have come in a short space of time. It will also give them an opportunity to get some important match practice in the shorter form of the game, something that the recent domestic regional series has focused on.
Captain Abbi Aitken is excited at the prospect of playing, “It’s a great opportunity for us to gain more match experience and playing against two teams that we have never played against before makes it more challenging.
We had a number of T20 matches against Japan in May so hopefully we can build on those performances. The team are in high spirits at the moment, we are playing well as a team and some of the individual performances have been great.
As a squad we are determined to become more consistent with our performances, and everyone is working hard and playing as much cricket as they can. We recognise that the more cricket we can play for our clubs really helps us when we go away to play in the County Championships. We have real depth now as a squad and there are a lot of U17’s coming through, it’s an exciting time for the game in Scotland”.
Prior to the squad flying out to Dublin the squad have a triple header against Hertfordshire, Hampshire and Holland to complete their Division 3 fixture list. The Wildcats who lost last time out against Northants will be looking to bounce back immediately.
Coach Kari Carswell is excited by the challenges ahead, “It’s a lot of cricket in a short space of time, but it’s something the squad are looking forward to.
The games in the County Championships are crucial, we want to continue to put in positive displays and see where we end up in the league. Of course we want to finish in to the top two, but it’s certainly a marked improvement on last year already. We have picked a squad of 14 to cope with the 7 games (3x50 over and 4xT20’s) and I think we have selected a balanced squad”.
The squad for the week long trip is;
Abbi Aitken, Fiona Urquhart, Ollie Rae, Kari Carswell, Kathryn White, Lorna Jack, Charlotte Bascombe, Rachel Scholes, Lois Wilkinson, Kirstie Gordon, Nadia Wheeler, Lynne Dickson, Samantha Haggo, Liz Priddle