Wildcats continue winning streak

24 Jun

Scotland WildcatsScotland Wildcats 204/9 (50ov), White 64, Dickson 41, beat Gloucestershire 172ao (41.2ov) Urquhart 4-0-19-3
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The Wildcats made the long journey south to play Gloucestershire in their latest ECB division 3 County Championship game at Frenchay Cricket Club on Sunday (23 June 2013). 

With the Wildcats sitting in 2nd place, behind the Netherlands, it was vital to keep the winning momentum going as the team push to reach the play offs. 

Captain Abbi Aitken lost the toss and the Wildcats were asked to bat first. The Gloucestershire bowlers bowled with great discipline and were well on top after the initial 11 overs having reduced the Wildcats to 21-4 with Fi Urquhart, Rachel Scholes, Elizabeth Priddle and Ollie Rae all out for a combined score of 8, with Urquhart the only batter troubling the scorers! 

A partnership was desperately needed to get the Scots back on track and opener Lynne Dickson and Kathryn White applied themselves well to take the score to 108-5 after 34 overs , until Dickson was eventually caught for 41.  

Sam Haggis joined White and the pair continued to score freely before White was out LBW for an excellent 64. Lorna Jack and Lois Wilkinson came and went cheaply, enter Abbi Aitken! Abbi and Haggo put on 42 in quick-time with Abbi smashing a 30 not out off 22 balls. Haggo also contributed well, making a fluent 23, as the Wildcats got past 200 in the final over, eventually finishing on 204-9.

The Wildcats bowlers replicated the batting start and anything loose was punished by the home batsmen. Gloucestershire had raced to 58 off 11 overs before the dangerous MacDonald was dismissed for 33 after the experienced White had been brought into the attack.  White bowled with great skill to pick up a further 2 wickets, finishing with 3-22 off her 10 overs, to round off a fine individual performance. 

With the game finely poised at the half way mark, Gloucestershire were 100-3. Aitken then surprised everyone when she turned to club-mate Fiona Urquhart to get the next breakthrough. Aitken was rewarded for her decision when Urquhart picked up 3 wickets in her 4 over spell and only conceded 19 runs.  

Abbi AitkenAitken ensured that the Wildcats would complete victory and close the gap at the top of the division after returning to the attack claiming 2 wickets to complete a 32 run victory for the Scots. 

After the game captain Aitken was delighted with the victory, “All in all a brilliant victory for the team, disappointed to start both our innings on the back-foot,  however to see the girls put up a fight and show real determination which allowed us to clinch a deserved victory was a massive positive for myself and the team“

Head coach Kari Carswell also added, "The girls showed a different side to their game today, there was a lot of character shown and when we were under pressure we saw the real fighting spirit that we have developed in the past year.  There are some areas we need to make improvements on but the girls recognise this and we will continue to work hard individually and collectively" 

The Wildcats next fixture will be against Northamptonshire on the 7th July. 

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