Wildcats rue missed chances against Somerset
The Wildcats returned from Somerset on Monday following an 83 run defeat in Division 2 of the Royal London’s Women’s One Day Championship.
Scotland captain Abbi Aitken won the toss and elected to field first, something that in previous seasons has worked well for the Wildcats. Openers Aitken and Samantha Haggo passed the bat on a number of occasions but couldn’t get the elusive and much needed breakthrough, although they created a number of chances.
The Wildcats didn’t pick up their first wicket until the 14th over with the score on 74 when Abbi Aitken ran out Adcock for 21.
The run rate was pegged back after a tight spell of 18 overs that only conceded 53 runs, with Kathryn Bryce, Alice Baldwin, Kari Anderson and Katie McGill bowling tight lines and lengths.
Anderson picked up the dangerous and free scoring Davies after a well-made 77, and when Rachel Scholes picked up a wicket in her very first over Somerset were in danger of letting their good start go to waste.
At 127-3 the Wildcats bowlers and fielders did well to restrict Somerset to 214/7 after 50 overs with Aitken, Anderson and Scholes picking up the wickets, along with a sneaky run out from Charlotte Bascombe.
The Wildcats were in desperate need of a steady start to their innings, something that if truth be told has been lacking this season, especially in the 50 over games. But at 8/3 inside 5 overs the traveling Scots were always up against it.
Partnerships of 22 (Priddle and Anderson), 29 (Anderson & K. Bryce), 43 (K. Bryce & S. Bryce) and finally 17 (Aitken & Baldwin) was nowhere near good enough to chase down 200 and when Baldwin was last man out the score had crept towards 129. Kathryn Bryce top scored with 37, a fantastic effort for someone so young.
After the game Head Coach Kari Carswell shared her thoughts, “We’re obviously really disappointed. Our batting really hasn’t fired in this competition and we need to rediscover our form quickly!
There were a few batsmen who got starts but never really went on, and at this level we are finding that it’s not good enough. The start was less than ideal and we aren’t giving ourselves a realistic chance to chase totals. Small margins win games, and on this occasion we have let ourselves down by dropping catches and giving away cheap wickets.
It’s tough because we are playing well in patches, and this is definitely a step up in terms of the quality of opposition, but we aren’t too far behind them at the moment.. We just keep making crucial and silly mistakes. The task now is to re-group and continue to work hard in between games back at our clubs and come out fighting in our next games, we can’t hide, we simply have to put in the work and prepare to the best of our ability”.