Wildcats gain promotion

11 Aug

Fiona UrquhartThe Wildcats had their final match against the Netherlands at Wellesbourne CC on the 8thAugust. The Wildcats went into the game having only lost one game this season in the league, the opening fixture v Northamptonshire. [Scorecard]

Abbi Aitken won the toss for the Wildcats and had no hesitation in bowling first.  The opening combination of Kathryn White and Samantha Haggo bowled superbly well and restricted the run rate.  Kathryn White picking up 2 crucial wickets along the way.  Kari Anderson took the 3rdwicket to the leave the Netherlands in spot of bother at 18-3.  Anderson went on to pick up a further 3 wickets and finished with figures of 4-33.  The Netherlands innings was helped along the way by 35 extras, but by the time Aitken (1-16) got the last wicket the Netherlands had reached 116 all out.  Other wicket takers for the Wildcats were Kirstie Gordon (1-25) and Ollie Rae (1-25) and a Charlotte Bascombe and Lorna Jack combination picked up a run out.  

The Wildcats opened up with Rachel Scholes and Fi Urquhart.  The Netherlands got the earlier breakthrough when Urquhart was bowled for 3.  A 51 run partnership in quick time by Scholes and Anderson put the Wildcats back on track, but 3 wickets fell in quick succession and with Scholes (26), Liz Priddle (1) and Kari Anderson (25) all back in the pavilion, the Wildcats found themselves at 58-4.  White and Bascombe steadied the ship with sensible batting until they went for one sneaky single too many and White was run out for a well-made (27).  Bascombe (21*) and Ollie Rae (9*) saw the Wildcats reach the target of 117 in the 34th over.  The win means that the Wildcats win division 3 and it sees them promoted to the league above for the 2015 season. 

After the match Kari Anderson was understandably delighted with the result “we made it a little bit harder for ourselves but I’m so pleased to come away with the win.  The girls have done exactly what we’ve asked of them, not only in this match but throughout the season.  Travelling up and down that road for fixtures isn’t easy, driving late at night to make work the next day and all the other bits and pieces that folk have to sacrifice to come and play makes it so much sweeter and I’m sure we will enjoy it.  We don’t have a huge amount of time to celebrate as we have the European Championships next week but the girls will get a well-deserved day off tomorrow and then we will start preparing for the T20s.  On behalf of all the girls I would like to say a big thank you to those who have supported us, it really does mean a lot to know that people are looking out for our results. This is very much the beginning for this group of players and we want to continue to progress as a squad, there is a real hunger and desire to do that”. 

A jubilant captain Abbi Aitken couldn’t quite find the words to express her delight “it’s a great feeling to know that we are champions.  To get over the line in a crucial game.  We haven’t beaten Holland ever at Senior level so I think we might enjoy our night tonight.  Everyone has played their part this season and its credit to all the girls in the squad who have worked incredibly hard this season”.

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