Wildcats defeat Netherlands to reach ICC Global Qualifier

13 Jul

Scotland Women 222/9 (50 ov)
, Rae 70, S Bryce 51, beat Netherlands Women 169/6 (37.0/37 ov, target 178) by 8 runs (D/L method) to qualify for the ICC Global Qualifier. [Scorecard] 

For the second time in two days the Netherlands asked Scotland to bat after winning the toss at Garon Park, following a wet outfield delaying the start of play by half an hour. 

Ollie Rae and Sarah Bryce set a solid platform at the start of the innings, taking Scotland to 63/0 after 20 overs. 

Rae, who plundered several crashing drives to the fence soon started to pick up the pace as she reached her half-century in the 27th over, which included 7 fours, to also bring the total to 100. 

Sarah Bryce wasn’t far behind, bringing up her 50 with a pull to the fence for her first full international 50 for her country. 

Bryce fell in the following over having done a stellar job with Rae in putting on a 122 run-opening stand. 

With wickets in hand the order from the pavilion was now to pile on the runs. Rae was eventually dismissed for 70 when she was clean bowled by Steenstra Toussaint, while Kathryn Bryce added another handy contribution of 25. 

As the innings came to a close only Kari Anderson could reach double-figures as wickets tumbled, although the Wildcats did conclude on a very respectable 222/9 from their 50 overs. 

Rain interrupted the start of the Dutch chase as the players were forced off following the first over. When play resumed Mirianda Veringmeier attacked from the off leading her team to 80 before being bowled by Kirstie Gordon from the first delivery of her spell.  

The Netherlands weren’t deterred too much as rain breaks and the game was still in the balance as Heather Seigers continued to find the boundaries. 

As the rain returned once more D/L looked like it was going to play a factor with Scotland 11 runs ahead, but incredibly the players made it out once more with the Netherlands being asked to to score 26 from two overs.

It was to be the Scots day as Kirstie Gordon and Rachel Scholes bowled the last two overs to ensure an 8 run victory (D/L Method) to take an unassailable 2-0 series lead to qualify for the ICC Global WCWC Qualifier in 2017.

At the conclusion an emotional captain Abbi Aitken said, "I'm struggling to find the words just now to sum up just how we're feeling. It's fantastic to win the first two games in the series. It's what we came here to do and now we've gone and done it! Two brilliant games for the neutrals and definitely a strong advertisement for women's cricket. But I'm not going to lie...there were a few tense moments out there on that pitch!"

She added, "It's been fantastic to see our batters do well again and in particular young Sarah Bryce scoring her first senior 50! The girls would like to thank all those who have come along to support as well as all the kind messages on social media, we really do appreciate them and it means a lot to know we have a continued echo of support back home and in particular from Cricket Scotland. Exciting times and I'm sure we'll celebrate well"

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