Wildcats return empty handed
The Wildcats latest weekend adventure ended with a loss to Essex, an abandoned game against Ireland, and a new mascot donated by a Wildcats supporter.
Scotland captain Abbi Aitken won the toss and elected to bowl first, following some overnight rain and muggy conditions, which had made the decision a fraction easier.
Opening bowlers Aitken and Samantha Haggo had the ball swinging beautifully and, at times, moving a bit too much which had the Essex openers playing and missing on numerous occasions.
To give the Essex openers their due, they were also sending any loose deliveries to the boundary. With 32 on the board inside the 6th over it was Aitken who struck first, having Reynolds caught by Rachel Scholes, reducing Essex to 32/1.
Spinners Kari Anderson and Kirstie Gordon put the brakes on the run-rate, with Gordon in particular bowling beautifully to pick up 3 wickets in her 10 over spell for a miserly 16 runs. Although Anderson didn't pick up a wicket her 10 overs only yielded 17 runs. Alice Baldwin, Scholes and three run outs courtesy of Kathryn Bryce, Scholes and Anderson restricted Essex to 150/9 in 50 overs.
The Wildcats bowling effort got off to a decent start, and with such a small total keeping up with rate was never going to pose a problem; keeping wickets was always going to be the major issue and this innings, for the Wildcats, was to be no different.
Scholes was first to go with the score on 21, quickly followed by Kathryn Bryce and Anderson, the score had only progressed to 26/3 with 11 overs gone. Middle-order resistance was shown by Sarah Bryce (11) Aitken (22) and Haggo (25*) but with no other players reaching double figures the Wildcats were bundled out inside 37 overs after reaching 115.
Kari Carswell Head Coach, "It's not through lack of trying and working hard but we simply haven't batted well enough this season. We haven't seen batters reproduce the consistency of last season and that's hurt us.
Yes we've had a couple of unfortunate injuries, but the teams that have been selected have no doubt had the ability to perform better and that's actually quite exciting and frustrating equal measures. We have put in some dynamic and strong bowling and fielding displays and it's just a pity our batting hasn't fired, but that's part and parcel of the game, you need to do all 3 facets well consistently to win games and we haven't done that".