Scots put in fighting display against South Africa
Scotland captain Abbi Aitken won the toss and elected to bat first against South Africa in their first ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier in Sri Lanka.
Sarah Bryce was the first wicket to fall as she edged behind a Ayabonga Khaka delivery to Trisha Chetty behind the stumps.
Ollie Rae looked comfortable in the middle but after pulling Shabnim Ismail for four she looked to repeat the shot but a top edge was well caught by a forward diving Chetty.
A 29-run stand between Kathryn Bryce and Kari Anderson looked to give the Scots momentum, unfortunately Bryce fell trying to cut a van Niekerk delivery and Chetty completed her third catch of the innings.
Rachel Scholes and Fiona Urquart both struck a maximum and a four each before falling, both bowled, after both had made 10.
Anderson worked incredibly hard in the energy sapping Sri Lankan heat and was well supported by Liz Priddle (19) as they put on 58 runs.
Anderson would reach a richly deserved half-century after 112 deliveries as she pulled a full toss to the fence. She would fall two deliveries later as she was bowled by Khaka.
Kirstie Gordon (8) was run out from the final ball of the innings as the Scots set South Africa 142 to win.
South Africa showed their intent early as Lee struck a huge six over long-off in the first over from Katie McGill. The bowler was to get her revenge as Rachel Scholes took a smart catch at slip with 12 on the board.
Du Preez then fell to a fantastic grab by Scholes one handed at slip off the bowling of Aitken, much to the Scots delight.
Sarah Bryce, who was wearing the glove instead of Lorna Jack who had fallen ill, produced another fine bit of skill to catch Wolfaardt, before her sister Bryce took a catch at long on, with South Africa 79 for 4.
Chloe Tryon (45) and Trisha Chetty (35) batted sensibly to ensure South Africa would get home in the 32nd over.
Afterwards captain Abbi Aitken said, “It was a tough game for us first up but I’m really pleased with how we battled out there.”
On Kari Anderson’s performance, Aitken said, “Kari is very experienced and reliable and she makes it look effortless and it was brilliant for her to get her 50 in the conditions she faced against some world class bowlers and credit to her.”
Pictures: ICC/Ian Jacobs