Wildcats run Northants close
Scotland 172/ ao (47.2 overs) Annete Drummond 59, K Anderson 51, lost to Northamptonshire Women 173/8 (49.2) Taylor 40, Anderson 9.2-2-30-2, Gordon 10-2-27-2, by 2 wickets [Scorecard]
The Wildcats were aiming to make it four wins from four when they took on Northants at Deesborough Town CC on the 7th July.
Abbi Aitken won the toss and elected to bat first on what looked like a fantastic batting wicket with a lightening quick outfield.
The Wildcats opened up with Fi Urquhart and Lynne Dickson and were looking for a steady start. That plan soon went out the window when both were back in the pavilion with the score on 5.
Olivia Rae and Charlotte Bascombe went about building a partnership, until Rae was out with the score on 22, caught behind for 7.
Kathryn White was run out backing up for 11 and when Charlotte Bascombe was out for 11, bowled by Hankins, the Wildcats found themselves in a bit bother at 49/5 after 18 overs.
Annette Drummond, playing in her first game for over 6 years, looked like she hadn’t been away. She was joined by coach Kari Carswell and the pair looked to take the attack to the Northants bowlers.
A partnership of 114 of 25 overs was exactly what the Wildcats needded to get a score that they would be confident defending.
Drummond was eventually out for a well-made 59, and when Carswell went in the very next over for 51 and the score on 169/7, the magical figure of 200 looked some way off! The Northants bowlers bowled with excellent discipline to have the Wildcats all out in the 48th over for 172.
Although slightly disappointed with the total, the Wildcats bowlers were confident that they could restrict the Northants batters. Unfortunately, openers Tonks and Harrison had other ideas.
The score raced along to 42 with only 4 overs gone with some excellent stroke play. Aitken turned to the experienced White to get the breakthrough and she didn’t disappoint, having the dangerous Tonks out for 3 in the 7th over.
White bowled excellently and was unlucky to only finish with the one wicket, but her spell of 10 overs only cost 7 runs, experience is something that you just can’t buy.
Harrison was proving difficult to remove and Taylor was happy to pounce on anything loose and the pair put on a partnership of 63 before Taylor was caught by Bascombe at mid-on from the bowling of Kirsitie Gordon.
When Taylor was finally out for 40 when Bascombe and Gordon combined to run her out, the Wildcats were back in the game. Northants had progressed to 124/3 off 38 overs and with Carswell, Gordon and Rae all picking up wickets the match was finely poised. The Northants batters held their nerve to get the victory with 4 balls and 2 wickets remaining.
After the game Kari Carswell was in reflective mood “it was a good game of cricket. We found ourselves in a few challenging situations and managed to fight our way out which was pleasing. I felt we were 20 or so runs short and we gave them a good start when we bowled so were always trying to play catch up. It’s a loss but we will move on and look to continue to improve. This season we have seen some really encouraging individual and team performances and it’s important that we keep building on that”.