Wildcats continue their winning streak

17 Jun

Tring CC was the most recent venue for the Wildcats fifth Royal London County Championship fixture where Hertfordshire were the hosts.

Wildcat captain Abbi Aitken called correctly at the toss and had no hesitation in electing to bowl first. 

Opening bowlers, Kathryn White and Aitken bowled with control to give the Hertfordshire openers limited opportunities to find any momentum. 

‘Skipper Aitken made the shrewd decision to remove herself from the attack and give Samantha Haggo the ball. Her decision was justified as the breakthrough came soon after, and Hertfordshire were 20-1. 

The spin partnership of Kirstie Gordon and Kari Anderson helped put the brakes on the partnership between McNeill and Bartlett, and also picked up 3 crucial wickets, with their combined 20 overs going for 52. 

Aitken was the pick of the seam bowlers and picked up 4 wickets in her 10 overs, while Ollie Rae also chipped in, to restrict Hertfordshire to 157-9 from their 50 overs. 

The Wildcats opened the batting with Kathryn White and Fiona Urquhart, the pair briskly took the score to 39 before White was out to a ball which stayed low for 21. Urquhart was the mainstay of the Wildcats innings, top scoring with 58, before being bowled by Ruck. 

Anderson arrived at the crease to contribute 21 runs as they edged towards victory. There was a slight wobble when the Wildcats lost 3 quick wickets, but the experienced Charlotte Bascombe and Ollie Rae kept their cool to steer the Wildcats home to a 4 wicket win.

After the match skipper Abbi Aitken was pleased to get a victory "It is another good win. We are disappointed with some aspects of our game today, our fielding for the first 25 [overs] could have been a bit better, we did pick it up a little but was nowhere near the standard we have come to expect. 

I'm pleased with how the girls bowled and our batting line-up is looking good. The girls are winning games of cricket and are playing well, this makes the journey home a lot more enjoyable!"

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