Wildcats come up short in Royal London Cup
The Wildcats returned from their weekend in Derbyshire and Durham in the Royal London One Day Cup without the wins that they were desperately searching for.
The visiting Scots were asked to bat first on both occasions, but the two matches couldn’t have been more different.
Quarndon CC was the host ground for the initial game against Derbyshire, and the Wildcats were pretty satisfied at the halfway stage of the game after posting a competitive 194/7 after their 50 overs.
The main contributors with the bat were Kari Anderson (48), Ollie Rae (31) and Liz Priddle (37*).
In reply the Wildcats got the much needed breakthrough in the 10th over when Abbi Aitken had opposing captain Horton out caught behind by Sarah Bryce with the total on 46.
The very next over saw Kathryn Bryce bowl Marriot, then Glenn came to the crease and the match turned on its head. Glenn and Hopkins put together a destructive partnership of 68 in 11 overs to give Derbyshire the momentum and take the game away from Wildcats.
Hopkins was out to the bowling of Scholes and when Glenn was eventually out for 66, Derbyshire only required 30 with 6 wickets in hand. Derbyshire won the game in the 38th over, best bowlers for the Wildcats was Kari Anderson who took 2-31 and Kathryn Bryce with 1-22.
The Wildcats moved on to Durham City CC on Monday and buoyed with batting well the day before were looking for a repeat performance.
Conditions were very different form the previous day as with overcast conditions made runs hard to come by for both sides.
Only two batters reached double figures - Rachel Scholes (12) and Kari Anderson (11) - meant that a similar total to the day before was never on the cards. The 23 extras helped the Wildcats reach 91 all out in 36 overs.
The Wildcats were determined to not make life easy for Durham, and when Aitken removed both openers and White picked up the wicket of Walker, Durham were 19-3.
A partnership of 40 between Alleyne and Glen put Durham back in control and when that partnership was eventually broken with the score on 59 the Wildcats sensed an opportunity to win the game.
Glen though had other ideas and batted sensibly throughout, finishing on 42 not out to give Durham the win by 1 wicket with 1 over remaining.
The Wildcats bowled and fielded with good discipline, with Aitken (2-16), White (2-14) and Kathryn Bryce (1-8 off 10 overs) leading the way with the bowling performances on the day.
Abbi Aitken, captain was understandably disappointed not to come away from the weekend’s games with a win, “We haven’t put together a complete performance yet and that’s frustrating. We can be happy with aspects of our game over the two matches, but we’ve let ourselves down with either the bat or ball in both games.
This is a talented squad but consistency in performance is something that we need to address, so it’s back to the training ground and to our clubs to put things right.
There is determination within the group to work hard and we will continue to strive to make sure we get back into the habit of winning games of cricket, and the quicker we do that the better”.
Next up for the squad is the regional series where the East play the Rest of Scotland at Guthrie Park, Brechin on Sunday. The game starts at 12pm and all spectators are welcome.
Photos: James Bryce