Wildcats win away at Cheshire
The Scotland Wildcats returned from Cheshire with their second win of the season in the 50 over Royal London Cup after beating Cheshire by 7 wickets. [Scorecard]
Heavy overnight rain at Hyde Cricket Club left underfoot conditions challenging with the Wildcats having to work hard to keep their footing after being asked to field first.
The opening bowlers of captain Abbi Aitken and Priyanaz Chatterji bowled with discipline and gave the Cheshire openers very little to score off in the early exchanges.
The breakthrough came just before the 25 over mark when Kari Anderson had Cheshire’s opener caught at cover by Kirstie Gordon with the score on 48.
The introduction of Briony Gillin gave the Wildcats two wickets in consecutive balls, with Gillin only millimeatres away from a hat-trick as her third delivery ball looped over Katie McGill at mid-wicket.
The Wildcats managed to restrict Cheshire to 141/5 after their 50 overs, Chatterji’s figures of 10 overs, 3 maidens, 1 wicket for 10 runs was a standout individual performance.
The Wildcats opening combination of Ollie Rae and Sarah Bryce were watchful and looked to score of any loose deliveries. The pair put on 35 before Rae was out LBW by O’Reilly, Bryce was next to go bowled by the same bowler and when Anderson was out with the score on 65.
The Wildcats could have panicked but Kathryn Bryce and Kirsite Gordon played the situation well and made sure there were no further wickets lost as the Wildcats recorded a clinical win, with Kathryn Bryce finishing 30* and Gordon finishing not out on 33.
Captain Abbi Aitken was pleased with the team’s all-round performance, “We were disciplined in the field and I’m really pleased with how all the bowlers bowled.
Kathryn and Kirstie batted really well to get us over the line, in what were pretty tricky conditions. It’s always great to win and we’ve not done it often enough this year in the league. Going into this game we were missing some senior players but it shows we have plenty of strength in depth and it’s great to have two girls here stepping up from the U17’s to be in the senior squad for the first time.
Lisa Thomson getting her first full game for the senior team is no doubt a special moment for her and congratulations to her for working hard to get her place. Ellen Watson, although didn’t make the starting 11, I’m sure she enjoyed her experience being away with the group.”