Team Bryce Shine against Lincolnshire

05 Aug

Kathryn Bryce lost the toss on a beautiful sunny day in Lincolnshire and Scotland were put into bat. The wicket was hard, a few isolated cracks and patches but on the whole a decent batting track. 

Kirstie Gordon and Sarah Bryce opened up and the team were confident in the pair who have been working so well together over the past two seasons. The squad looked on, eager to see their teammates give us the strong start we anticipated.

Unfortunately Kirstie was deceived by a ball that nipped away and clean bowled her.  This brought Kathryn Bryce to the crease to join her sister Sarah. The pair have been in excellent form with the bat but even the optimism of this squad could not predict what was to come. The team watched on as milestone after milestone was reached.  First a fifty for K Bryce and closely after a 100 up for the team, this was followed by a fifty for Sarah.

The Bryce pair then continued to hit the gaps, not even giving half a chance to the Lincolnshire fielders and we all started to feel something really spectacular was developing. 100 for Kathryn, could Sarah get one too? It was a batting display worthy of Sky Sports coverage.

Sarah reached her hundred and for the second time in the day we saw the signature celebration of helmet off and both hands in the air, followed by an emotional hug as the sisters met in the centre of the wicket. We all know they were really posing for Father Bryce who had his massive lens at the ready to capture these special moments. With both sisters centurions what more could happen?

It seemed as if nothing could stop the effortless display of batting that almost seemed planned. And soon enough Kathryn Bryce reached her 150 and shortly after the 300 run partnership came for Team Bryce.  Scotland ended their innings on 341-1 off 45 overs. An incredible, elegant and well-built innings.

Scotland took to the field ready to use the momentum from the batting to bring home a win. Credit to our bowlers who continued to create wicket opportunities and Lincolnshire were bowled out for 130 in the 40th over. K Gordon 3-22, G Henderson 2-14, A Maqsood 2-30, L Thomson 2-27. The winning margin was a massive 211 runs. It is safe to say the team will remember August 3rd 2015, we have all learned what can be achieved with the winning formula of belief and hard work. The Bryce sisters deserve all the praise heading their way, and the team supported each other incredibly on the day.

Having had a bit of time to reflect on the game and this is what Kathryn had to say;

“It’s still hard to believe that it really happened and I couldn’t have dreamed of being out there with anyone other than my sister. As we having both been playing together since we could walk and have both grown up with each other on the cricket pitch it was really special to be out in the middle with her for an incredible 336 run partnership. It is moments like this that you realise what all the hard work that you have put in over the years is for. It was great to see the way the girls came out and finished the match off. They say cricket is a team game and Sarah and I definitely weren’t alone out there in the middle their support throughout was incredible and I don’t think it will be a day that either of us will ever forget.”

Thank you to all the supporters back home, the response from Twitter has been greatly appreciated by the whole team and we aim to keep building on our performances. 

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