Wildcats defeat Hertfordshire and Devon
The Wildcats were in action in on Sunday 17th July for their next phase of their ECB NatWest Women’s T20 campaign at Letchworth CC, where they faced Hertfordshire and Devon.
Captain Abbi Aitken won the toss for the first first game of the day against Hertfordshire, and had no hesitation in fielding first. The Wildcats bowlers showed excellent discipline in restricted Hertfordshire to 78-9 from their 20 overs, with Samantha Haggo (2-15) and Kari Anderson (3-15) the leading wicket takers.
The rest of the wickets were shared between Priyanaz Chatterji, Kathryn Bryce and Katie McGill.
The Wildcats batting didn’t get off to the best of starts and at 21-4, with Ollie Rae, Sarah Bryce, Kathryn Bryce and Annette Drummond all back in the pavilion, a calculated run chase was required.
A 25 run partnership between Anderson and Liz Priddle, followed by a 23-run partnership between Anderson and McGill, to all but saw the Wildcats home.
It was left to Anderson and Aitken to ensure the Wildcats secured the victory they so nearly didn’t get, as the experienced Anderson finished on 28 not out.
The Wildcats knew if they could beat Devon, they would remain top of the table going into the last round of matches next weekend.
Devon captain won the toss and asked the Wildcats to bat first. The Wildcats had a cautious start, a steady partnership of 47 between Sarah Bryce and Anderson gave the Wildcats a platform to build on.
Some late order hitting and some smart running between the wickets saw the Wildcats score 95-4 in their 20 overs with Anderson (35), S. Bryce (26) and K. Bryce (16) the main contributors.
In reply, early wickets were the key for the Wildcats and the got there just rewards in the very first over when Chatterji had Dibble caught behind by Lorna Jack. There was no let up by the Wildcats bowlers and they eventually held their nerve to bowl Devon for 71 with 9 balls remaining.
Chatterji finished with 2-14 and Kathryn Bryce returned with the remarkable figures of 4-5 to sign off what has been a terrific week for her picking up Player of the Series against the Netherlands.
After the game Abbi Aitken summed her thoughts on the weekends T20, “The bowlers bowled well to restrict Hertfordshire to 78, we were disappointed with how we set about chasing the total but it shows the depth in our batting order that we can still win.
Against Devon we got of steady start and that enabled our batters to up our run rate at the back end of the innings. I was really happy with that total against a disciplined and rehearsed Devon side, they have a quality bowling line up and are a well drilled fielding unit.
Bowling any team out in a T20 is super achievement, especially with a few tired bodies on the pitch after an intense week of cricket. Special mention to Kathryn Bryce for her superb bowling effort.”
The match against Devon was somewhat overshadowed after Annette Drummond suffered a devastating injury due to a freak fielding accident. A clean break to her left wrist will unfortunately see Annette side lined for the remainder of the season, but all at Cricket Scotland wish her a speedy successful recovery.
The Wildcats are back in action this Sunday at Geddington Cricket Club where they will play Northamptonshire and Shorpshire, the Wildcats will be looking to win their two remaining games to secure promotion.