The U17s start the 2014 season with a 64 run win over Cumbria
It was a hot sunny day in Cumbria and Kathryn Bryce lost the toss, putting the Wildcats u17s into bat on a firm looking wicket. Gordon and Bryce started strongly, looking to punish bad balls and take singles at every opportunity. S Bryce was eventually run-out for a well made 23 and a crucial contribution to the partnership of 81 with Gordon.
K Bryce was next in and continued in the same fashion as her sister, quickly finding scoring opportunities. Gordon was eventually bowled by Cowper for a well paced 53. Bryce batted with good intent until she was bowled for 27. Unfortunately, the remaining batsmen struggled to trouble the scoreboard, facing some teasing leg spin, and the team finally finished on 138 after 27 overs.
Steindl and Thomson opened the bowling and started well, bowling consistent line and length. It was in the 6th over, that Thomson made the breakthrough, bowling Curwen for 3. Soon after, the wickets continued to fall with Steindl, K Bryce and Gordon the pick of the bowlers taking 3 wickets each. The 10th wicket partnership was the strongest of the Cumbria attack and took a disciplined display from our bowlers to finally finish the game, with Cumbria onn 74 runs. Captain Bryce varied the bowlers well and set an attacking pressurised field.
Zoe Young was voted by the players to be the fielder of the game for her constant awareness and excellent backing up. Kirstie Gordon was voted ‘champion’ of the match, by the players and the coaching staff, for her solid performance with both the bat and the ball but also her energy in the field and support to younger players.
After the match an ecstatic coach, Ollie Rae said “I’m really pleased and proud of how the girls performed today. They all went out and played with intent. We had 6 girls receiving their first caps and everybody worked together as a team. We have discussed how to perform even better and we are keen to go out and build on today’s performance.”