Wildcats finish the season with a win over Devon
The Wildcats completed their Royal London One Day Cup Division 2 adventure with a comprehensive 43 run win over Devon. [Scorecard]
After losing the toss the Wildcats were asked to bat first at Exmoor CC. Annette Drummond and Kari Anderson opened the innings and both looked comfortably at the crease.
The introduction of Cranstone brought about the first wicket when Drummond was bowled for 13. Charlotte Bascombe, returning from a broken finger was next to the middle. Bascombe and Anderson set about building a partnership - something the Wildcats top order has struggled with this season.
Although at times the going was tough the two batters added 99 for the 2nd wicket before Bascombe was dismissed. Some late order hitting was the order of the day and the Wildcats finished their 50 overs with 176/6 on the board, Anderson top scoring with 83.
The Wildcats were determined to build on a solid first innings performance and the trusted opening bowling combination of Samantha Haggo and Abbi Aitken brought about the rewards.
Haggo’s opening spell yielded only 17 runs and with it collected the wicket of Cranstone, while at the other end Aitken went for 16 picking up the wickets of Carr and Dibble.
The introduction of left-arm spinner Kirstie Gordon brought about instant rewards as she picked up two wickets in her first 2 overs, and added with a Sarah Bryce and Samantha Haggo run out, Devon were 37/6 after 13 overs.
The Wildcats at times this season have missed their ruthlessness from 2014 and that was evident again as they had to wait 17 overs for their next wicket. Alice Baldwin got in on the act and picked up 2 wickets for 19 runs.
It was a special day for Katie McGill, who picked up her first wicket in a Scotland shirt when she bowled the effective McKenzie for 27. When the final wicket was taken Devon had progressed to 133, giving the Wildcats some late season cheer and a dip in the sea!
Reflecting on their 50 over Division 2 campaign Coach Kari Carswell said, “It’s nice to win again! It’s been a wee bit of a frustrating season, we came close on a few occasions but never really grabbed games by the scruff of the neck when we needed to.
There is no doubt we can compete at this level but the table doesn’t lie and we came up short in too many games. We have either batted or bowled really well in games, and apart from today we’ve not done it enough.
The girls have worked incredibly hard and their desire to improve is amazing. We’ve developed and progressed again as a team and I think that is easy to see in our performances. We have genuine competition for places in our team now and that’s something that we’ve not really had before, it makes for some tough decisions and for girls to perform when it matters.
The team won’t really get too much of a break as our preparation for the qualifiers in Thailand gets underway soon, it’s a great end to a tough season but I’m so proud of the girls and their willingness to dig deep and not give up.”
The Wildcats will now return to Division 3 for the 2016 season.