Wildcats fall short against Gloucestershire
The Wildcats returned home following a 5 wicket defeat at the hands of Gloucestershire on Sunday in a Royal London One Day Cup Division 3 encounter.
Captain Abbi Aitken lost the toss and the Wildcats were asked to bat first at Gloucester City Winget CC.
The Wildcats batters struggled to find any rhythm with only three partnerships reaching double figures as a competitive total was never to get on the board.
The wickets tumbled as the visitors were eventually skittled out for 80 after 28.5 overs – it’s safe to say that batting performance in no way reflects the ability and talent in the travelling squad.
Defending a low total was always going to be a challenge. Kathryn White and Priyanaz Chatterji showed their team the way - as they both picked up 2 wickets each - bowling economically to keep the Wildcats in the game for as long as possible.
Despite a hard battling display from the Wildcats, Gloucestershire reached the target with 5 wickets spare and with more than half the overs still to be bowled.
Credit to Gloucestershire for their fine all round performance, a well-deserved win.
After the game captain Abbi Aitken said “it’s definitely not the performance or the result we wanted today. We have to be honest and accept that today’s result was not acceptable and far from what we know we are capable of producing.
We made life a lot harder than it needed to be with the bat and it’s extremely difficult for our bowling unit to do a job when we simply aren’t putting enough runs on the board. Our fielding and bowling was encouraging, and to take 5 wickets and make Gloucestershire wait until the half way mark to tick the runs off was a credit to the fight we displayed in the field and with the ball in hand.
However, the game has now gone and we need to be ready to come out with a much improved and more disciplined performance in our next round of fixtures when we play Derbyshire and Durham.”