Solid performance by the Wildcats in Hampshire
The Wildcats made their way down to Hampshire at the weekend for their Natwest County T20, and left with a defeat and a win.
In the first game against Hampshire the Wildcats came agonisingly close to getting over the line, but eventually fell 11 runs short.
Both the bowling and fielding were excellent, with the Wildcats restricting Hampshire to 110-4 in 20 overs. Kari Anderson (2-14), Abtaha Maqsood (1-18) and an Annette Drummond run out accounted for the 4 Hampshire wickets.
The Wildcats run chase was well on course and the batters were keeping up with required run rate with relative ease. That suddenly changed when a spell of 4 overs, yielding only 10 runs, in the middle overs leaving the middle order left the visitors too much to do going into the final 3 overs. Although Kathryn Bryce batted superbly for 31*, it wasn’t enough to see the team home.
Next up for the Wildcats was a game against Cornwall, with Abbi Aitken winning the toss and opting to field first.
Emily Edgecombe (65) batted with real purpose and attacked at every opportunity, which helped propel Cornwall to 127-5 in their 20 overs.
Again, the Wildcats could be satisfied with their bowling and fielding efforts. This time with the bat in hand, and with a renewed confidence, the Wildcats took the game to Cornwall from ball one.
Drummond set the tone for innings, playing an exquisite cover drive that raced to the boundary, and from that moment the charge was on. Ollie Rae and Liz Priddle put on 40 for the third wicket. The partnership helped the Wildcats towards victory as they reach their target of 128 with 14 balls to spare.
After the game Head Coach Kari Carswell shared her thoughts, “We are disappointed with the way we went about our batting against Hampshire. But in the second game we showed great character to come out strong and get the job done.
Every game is a learning opportunity for girls and we are finding ourselves in all sorts of situations so it’s a great challenge. The girls can be proud of what they are doing in the middle this season, we just need to find that level of consistency that we had last season.”