Wildcats make it 3 out of 4
After two wins from two matches on Tuesday the Wildcats were keen to keep the winning habit going in another two T20s on Wednesday.
The format and schedule were the same - first game against Leicestershire, followed by a fixture against Derbyshire.
Captain Abbi Aitken has a habit of winning the toss, and nothing looked set to change when she again called correctly, and opted to bat first against Leicestershire.
The Wildcats batting line up didn’t really ever get going, and struggled to find any momentum. Kari Anderson, who scored 27 in her 100th appearance for Scotland, and Charlotte Bascombe (17) were the main contributors as the visitors were all out for 92.
The Wildcats knew their bowling and fielding would have to be at its best to record a victory and Samantha Haggo, who also received her 50th cap before the game, set the tone for the bowling attack. Haggo finished with figures of 2/5 off 3 overs, to set up an exciting win by 5 runs.
Other wicket takers for the Wildcats were Kathryn White (1/26), Abbi Aitken (1/17), Kari Anderson (2/17) and Olivia Rae (1/6).
In the second game of the day against Derbyshire, Aitken again decided to bat first. As was the case in the first game the batting order failed to fire, although Rachel Scholes held the innings together well with a fine 56*. Her innings helped the Wildcats to reach 99/6 from their 20 overs.
As was the case in the first game, the bowlers again knew they had to keep it tight. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, Derbyshire’s L. Kellogg had other ideas as she blasted 70* from 45 balls to help Derbyshire the win by 8 wickets.
After the game coach Kari Anderson gave us her thoughts: “We never really got going today. We bowled and fielded well against Leicestershire, but our batting was nowhere near where we want it to be.
To get 3 wins from 4 matches in two days is a decent return. Of course, we are disappointed to lose the final game, and that will probably put us in 2nd place on net run rate, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.
We know we can perform better and some girls are frustrated with how they’ve played but there is no point on picking the games to bits, we have to move on. Everyone knows where it went wrong today, so it’s up to us all to pick ourselves up for our next game”.
Thanks to Ian Shaw and Anji Rae for their assistance on the trip.