Wildcats defeat Derbyshire and Cornwall
Kathryn Bryce couldn’t have asked for a better two games as captain, winning both 20 over games against Derbyshire and Cornwall.
The venue for the games was changed on Friday evening to Rolleston Cricket after a lot of rain at Marehay CC made the ground unplayable.
Having lost the toss the Wildcats were asked to bat first and quickly found themselves in a bit of bother, three down with 11 on the board. Liz Priddle, Kari Anderson and Kathryn Bryce all failing to add much to the total. Partnerships of 23, 24, & 32 allowed the Wildcats to post 90-5 in their 20 overs.
Sarah Bryce being the mainstay of the innings and finishing on 39 not out. Quick wickets were always going to be the order of the day if the Wildcats wanted to keep their winning streak in 20 over games going. Kathryn White and Priyanaz Chatterji did exactly that and with Derbyshire 16-3 it was shaping up to be a close game.
A partnership of 52 was eventually broken by Samantha Haggo, and that proved crucial in making sure the Wildcats won the game by 7 runs. White was the pick of the bowlers, picking up 2 wickets for 7 runs of her 4 overs. Haggo finished with 2 vital wickets for 15 runs. The bowlers were backed up superbly in the field as the Wildcats held on to some outstanding catches.
Kathryn Bryce called correctly in the second game and had no hesitation in asking Cornwall to bat first. White and Chatterji again opened and restricted Cornwall 21-3 after the first 8 overs, and the rest of the bowlers did a similar job in restricting the runs. Cornwall finishing on 56/7 after their 20 overs, Samantha Haggo finishing with 3/2! Priddle and S. Bryce again opened the innings and had put on 17 before Priddle was out bowled. Sarah Bryce followed soon after with the score on 28, but Kari Anderson and Kathryn Bryce produced a vital 29 run partnership to give the Wildcats their second win of the day with 7 overs to spare.
The Wildcats are back in action on the 10th July where the face the Netherlands in the ECB Royal London One Day Cup before playing the same opposition in a European Qualifier at Garon Park, Essex. The teams will play three games against the Dutch, with the winners progressing to the ICC Global Qualifier to be played in early 2017 for the 50 over World Cup that is held in July 2017 in England.