Wildcats beat Oxfordshire
The Wildcats were on their travels again as they took on Oxfordshire, at Bicester Cricket Club on Sunday 26th May, in their latest ECB Division 3 County Championship fixture.
Captain Samantha Haggo lost the toss and the Wildcats were asked to bat first. Fi Urquhart and Lynne Dickson opened up the batting and it didn't take them long to set the tone for the innings.
The partnership progressed to 40 before Dickson was bowled for 11. Urquhart and Rachel Scholes batted with maturity and with Scholes dealing only in boundaries for her first 24 runs, a large total looked likely.
Urquhart (36) was unlucky to be out stumped off of a legside wide and, when Scholes went for another impressive 48 and with the score on 129-3 in the 20th over, there was plenty of time for the middle order batters to build on the good foundations. Charlotte Bascombe continued her fine form with a well made 35 and was supported well by Liz Priddle (22) and the unfortunate Haggo, who was given out on what looked like a bump ball after 13.
Once Bascombe was out, Kathryn White and Lois Wilkinson batted with great intensity and clean ball striking to ensure the girls posted a challenging total of 306-6 after their 50 overs.
The Oxfordshire innings never really gained the momentum needed after a tight opening spell of bowling from Nadia Wheeler (2-10) and White(1-17). Their 13 overs only brought about 28 runs for the loss of 4 wickets. When the spin duo of Kirstie Gordon and Wilkinson were introduced the Oxfordshire batters couldn't get hold of them and their innings finally finished in the 26th over with the score on 52. Wilkinson finished with 3-14 off 6 and Gordon had the respectable figures of 2-10 (6.4 overs).
Kari Casrwell said, after the game, "The girls performed exceptionally well today and I'm delighted for them. The batting performance was a joy to watch and the girls' application and execution of what was asked of them is especially pleasing. Its always nice to win and win well but we know where we want to get to and we are still a little way short of where we want to be. We are still missing 3 or 4 girls who haven't been available yet so it shows our strength and depth as a squad compared to where we were a couple of years ago"