Wildcats make it 8 from 8 to finish T20 season unbeaten
The Scotland Wildcats returned home in the early hours of Monday morning as Champions of NatWest Division 3 after victories over Northamptonshire and Shropshire on Sunday.
In the first game of the day the Wildcats were asked to bat first against Northamptonshire. At the end of their 20 overs the ‘Cats’ had posted 143-4, with the batters satisfied with their work.
Ollie Rae and Sarah Bryce struck a 78-run partnership, Rae scoring 36 before she was bowled.
Kathryn Bryce and sister Sarah added 50 before the former departed for 19 at 128/2 in the 18th over, quick runs were the order of the day and the Wildcats managed to add 21 runs in the final 2 overs.
Sarah Bryce (pictured) continued her excellent scoring streak and finished with 62, after notching up two centuries for Scotland U17s during the week.
After a quick turnaround it was over the opening bowlers Priyanaz Chatterji and Kathryn Bryce to set the tone.
Chatterji bowled her 4 overs straight through, only conceding 9 runs and picking up 2 wickets on the way. Kathryn Bryce produced a captain’s performance with the ball, as she collected 2 wickets for 14 runs in her 4 overs.
At 21/4 Northamptonshire were in real trouble and the Wildcats bowlers didn’t let the pressure drop; eventually restricting them to 72/9 off their 20 overs.
Samantha Haggo and Abtaha Maqsood picked up a wicket apiece, while Katie McGill’s bowling at the death picked up 3 wickets for only 5 runs. A solid opening game for the Wildcats and a convincing win to seal promotion.
Against Shropshire the Wildcats were determined to finish on a high and make sure they went through the season undefeated. Batting first again the Wildcats scored 120/6 in slightly different circumstances to the first game.
Kari Anderson, Katie McGill and Lorna Jack all scored 20’s to help propel the score past the 100 mark - McGill and Jack sharing a 51 run partnership in 6 overs.
Chatterji and Bryce were again hard to get away and Chatterji picked up two well-deserved wickets to round off a good day for her.
The returning Briony Gillin was the pick of the Wildcat bowlers as she picked up 3 wickets in her first outing of the season, Anderson was the other bowler to pick up a couple of quick wickets.
The Wildcats bowled Shropshire out with 4 balls to spare, thanks to some good fielding in the deep by Samantha Haggo.
The two victories ensured that the Wildcats would win Division 3 after going through the season undefeated.
Congratulations to all 17 players who have been involved throughout the season!