Wales prove too strong for Scotland
From Sport Arabia
Dubai, Abu Dhabi - Monday, 18th February 2013
The first three fixtures were completed yesterday in the MCC Arch trophy with wins for Sussex, Wales and Essex.
At Abu Dhabi - Sussex and Lancashire contested their match at the impressive Sheikh Zayed Stadium with Sussex coming out on top - winning by 98 runs. Sussex openers Georgia Adams (59) and Chiara Green (38) putting on 120 for the 1st wicket - helping Sussex getting to 245/7 from their 40 overs.
Lancashire's reply didn't turn out as they would have wanted - with 3 wickets going down before reaching 50. Good contributions from Nalisha Patel 32* and Jess Couser 29 got Lancashire towards their total of 147/6 after 40 overs. Good bowling contributions from Rebecca Silk (2-24) and Freya Davies (2-16) kept their opponents reply in check - along with some good catching in the slips and ground fielding by their colleagues always kept Sussex on top.
On the Zayed Nursey Ground also in Abu Dhabi - Wales and Scotland competed in a true "international" encounter. Wales made a good total despite the hot/humid conditions with a total of 202/7 from their 40 overs. Batting scores from Bethan Moorcraft (30), Ellie Hopkins (41) and Rebecca Struthers (39) helped Wales reach their total. Scotland's best bowling performance came from Lois Wilkinson (3-24).
In reply, Scotland got off to the worst start - with Lois Wilkinson out 1st ball of the innings - bowled by Gwenan Davies who finished with figures of 3-9 off six overs! Scotland never really recovered from their start and were bowled out for 96 in the 34th over. Sam Haggo top scored with 18. Wales won this game by 106 runs.
In the 3rd game of the day, Essex and Durham played the first day/night game at the superb Emirates Airline "7he Sevens" cricket ground on the outskirts of Dubai.
Essex batted first led by a superb knock by Bryony Butcher scoring 56 off 61 balls including 7 4's - the only other support from Grace Melhuish (16 off 22). Durham's wickets were shared around their attack with Rachel Petherick (3-30), Beth Webb (2-29), Laura Ellison (2-10) and Amy Patterson (2-12) shining through.
Captain Laura Ellison led the way for Durham's batting - scoring 41 off
83 balls including 5 4's but couldn't muster support from the rest of her team - Beth Webb in the middle order scoring 13 being the best showing. Essex won the match by 45 runs.
So, after the first day's games - in Group A Essex lead the way with the only match played with a win and 2 points - while in Group B Wales and Sussex share the lead on 2 points with Wales shaving the overall lead via a better net run rate (NRR). One wonders of this valuable NRR will take Wales to the final after the matches to come over the next few days.