Wildcats start their ECB campaign
The Wildcats got their season underway with a double header against Northamptonshire and Hampshire.
On Sunday 4th May at Horton House CC captain Abbi Aitken won the toss and elected to field first. The Northants openers got off to a steady start and had reached 59 in the 16th over before Kathryn White bowled Woodcraft for 37.
The Wildcats had to wait a further 15 overs for the next breakthrough, this time Nadia Wheeler had opener Tonks caught at cover by Kari Anderson. The Wildcats continued to keep the run rate under control and below 4 for the whole game.
Regular wickets fell in the last 19 overs with leg spinner Abtaha Maqsood bowling with excellent control on debut and taking 1-39 from her 10 overs. Pick of the bowlers for the Wildcats was Kathryn White who took 3-24 off 9 overs. Liz Priddle chipped in with 2 wickets and Abbi one. Northants finished on 191-9 from their allotted 50 overs.
Charlotte Bascombe and White opened the innings and were going along nicely until White was out caught behind for a well-made 28. Bascombe continued to accumulate runs and was last batter out for 39. The Wildcats innings couldn’t really gather momentum needed, and finished up 62 runs short.
After the game Abbi spoke Cricket Scotland, "It was a disappointing day for the team not to come away with the win. The girls are fully aware of where we got it wrong today and now it's a case of putting the game behind us and being prepared to be better tomorrow against Hampshire"
For the first time in history Abbi won two tosses in a row, and elected to bowl again. The Wildcats couldn't have hoped for a better start after reducing Hampshire to 28-5 in the 14th over with White, Wheeler, Priddle and Maqsood all picking up wickets with Lorna Jack and Bascombe combining for a run out.
The Hampshire batters rebuilt their innings well with some positive attacking cricket and after their alloted 50 overs reaching 152-7, helped along the way with 42 extras (24 wides, 5 no-balls, 9 byes, 4 Leg byes).
The Wildcats went with the same opening combination of White and Bascombe. Bascombe was first to go with the score on 24 and when White went for 18 the Wildcats were 30-2 from 9 overs. The experienced duo of Anderson and Annette Drummond looked to steady the ship and play low risk cricket.
The pair added 97 to take the Wildcats to within touching of the victory before Drummond was out bowled for 34. Aitken joined Anderson to score the last 15 runs after an anxious wait of 1 hour 37 minutes with pads and helmet on. The Wildcats got over the line with 4 overs to go with Anderson finishing on 62*.
"To get a victory after the way we played yesterday is very pleasing. At times the girls played some pretty ordinary cricket but hopefully we can kick on from this point and have a successful season.
Some girls have really stepped up and will make future selections hard. Caitlin Ormiston and Abtaha Maqsood performed really well in their first games and to come in and not be fazed is great to see. Both are very talented cricketers so I'm looking forward to seeing how they progress this season".