Wildcats return from T20 trip with a win and loss
Frocester Cricket Club was the latest ground on the Wildcats tour of England.
Captain Abbi Aitken won the toss against Gloucestershire and had no hesitation in asking the opposition to bat first. The Wildcats had to wait until the introduction of Kathryn Bryce to get the breakthrough with the score on 27.
Kirstie Gordon then picked up a wicket after a sharp catch at slip by Kari Anderson reducing Gloucestershire to 55-2. The introduction of the experienced Anderson into the attack proved a master stroke and backed up her skipper’s decision by picking up 3 wickets for only 6 runs.
Gloucestershire finished on 90-6 after their 20 overs.
The Wildcats innings had a slight wobble when Annette Drummond and Rachel Scholes were dismissed cheaply and at 10-2 the Wildcats found themselves in a bit of strife.
A partnership of 52 between Anderson and Elizabeth Priddle saw the Wildcats within sight of victory but both players were dismissed leaving Kathryn Bryce and Kirstie Gordon to score the winning runs with 3 overs to spare.
After a light lunch the Wildcats took to the field again after Aitken lost the toss. With the score on 32 Haggo had the opener bowled and shortly afterwards a sharp run out by Katie McGill and Lorna Jack had Devon 68-2.
Anderson picked up a wicket but that would be the last the Wildcats would pick up as Devon finished on 122/3.
Kirstie Gordon opened the innings with Anderson. The early innings wobbles continued for the Wildcats and when they found themselves 22-4 it was always going to be an uphill struggle.
A partnership of 81 between Bryce and Anderson put the Wildcats well in the game but requiring 36 in the last 2 overs proved too much for the batters and they eventually finished 12 runs short.
Bryce finished on 35* and Anderson on 50*.
After the game Kari Anderson was pleased with the team’s effort, "We played much better for longer periods of the games today so that is really pleasing. We've let ourselves down badly in games this season so it was great to see a much more positive reaction to the situations we found ourselves in today.
I thought Kathryn Bryce batted really well in both games and she is a special talent. We made some good bowling changes and some of the fields we set were excellent and restricted the scores in both games, and I thought our bowlers on the whole bowled well.
Our top order is a bit of a worry but some girls are only one innings away from getting back into form and I'm confident that it will come in the next game. We have some excellent hitters at the top of the order and once they get going I’m excited to see what totals we will be posting".