Two T20 victories in one day for the Wildcats
Two impressive performances meant it was the first time the Scots have managed a ‘double win’ in the Natwest T20 competition this season.
Abbi Aitken won the toss and had no hesitation in opting to bowl first against Northamptonshire.
The new ball opening pair of Samantha Haggo and Aitken bowled 4 overs each and left the Wildcats in complete control after the first 8 overs - blowing away the top order to leave Northants 9/4.
Aitken was the destroyer-in-chief picking up 3 wickets, after adding to an Annette Drummond run out. Samantha Haggo bowled tight lines and lengths and was unlucky not to pick up a wicket. Kathryn Bryce and Alice Baldwin continued to build on the good start to keep the Northants batters in check, with the extra pace of Baldwin picking up 2 wickets.
Abtaha Maqsood picked up one wicket, Lorna Jack was too quick behind the stumps and collected a stumping of her bowling. In addition to the early Drummond run out the Wildcats were sharp in the field and picked up a further 3 with Haggo getting two and Kari Anderson the other. Northants were all out for 36 in 17.5 overs, a fine bowling and fielding display.
Drummond and Rachel Scholes opened the batting and despite the early loss of Drummond, Scholes and Katie McGill kept the board ticking over and chased down the total after 10.3 overs.
In game 2 against Buckinghamshire, opponents that the Wildcats have never faced, it was a step into the unknown. Aitken lost the toss and Bucks choose to field first. The opening partnership between Scholes and Anderson was worth 31, Scholes was out run out at the non-strikers end for a swash buckling 20.
Kathryn Bryce and Anderson took the attack to the Bucks bowlers and put on 99 for the 2nd wicket in 12 overs, Bryce opting for the boundary option and Anderson to running! Bryce was out for a superb 53 from 41 balls in the 19th over with the score on 130. Liz Priddle joined Anderson and they managed to add a further 9 to score, the Wildcats finishing on 139-3 and Anderson on 51*.
It was over to the bowlers to see if they could replicate the discipline of the game before. Haggo and Aitken once again opened and picked up 3 wickets between them. Bucks found themselves 25/3 in the 5th over but batted sensibly to get up to 78/6 after their 20 overs with Scholes, Priddle and Priyanaz Chatterji picking up the other 3 wickets. Alice Baldwin was unlucky not to pick up a wicket after conceding only 8 runs in her 4 overs.
Coach Kari Carswell was pleased with the performances, “Those two performances were probably the best we’ve played this season. Everyone stuck to the plan and the outcome took care of itself. We were on the ball from the first delivery and it was great to see.
The girls have worked exceptionally hard this season and we haven’t always got the results or the performances that we strive for but we keep on going and keep wanting to improve. We have our regional programme to look forward to next weekend and I’m expecting the same level of intensity and performance from the girls that we witnessed this weekend, but also from those that missed out. Competition for places is at a premium and performances do matter - it’s great to be part of such a determined and hard-working squad.”