Wildcats win rain affected match against Derbyshire

26 May

An unbeaten 38 knock from Kari Anderson guides the Scotland Wildcats to a six wicket victory over Derbyshire. 

Due to the heavy rain of the previous day and overnight, the start was delayed to allow for the condition of the outfield to improve.  Sunshine broke through the clouds to make way for a reduced overs game of 28 overs. 

Wildcats captain Abbi Aitken won the toss and put in Derbyshire to bat.   The opposition openers started well as they reached 30 in the opening powerplay. 

An inspired bowling change from Aitken rewarded Kirstie Gordon (2-18) the first wicket of the day, as Horton walked passed a straight one, only to be bowled for 10.  Gordon struck again in her next over trapped Grimley in front for 11. 

Derbyshire were further reduced to 47-3 in the 9th over when Kirkland misjudged a straight delivery from Kathryn White.  Sam Haggo was responsible for the next three wickets, dismissing top scorer Hopkins for 32, a superb run out of Vernon off her bowling to break a potentially threatening partnership of 33 and bowling Kellogg just one run later as Derbyshire passed the 100 mark.  

The tight bowling partnership of Haggo and Aitken conceded only eight runs in the last three overs of the innings to restrict Derbyshire to 108-7. 

The Wildcats run chase suffered an early set back, as Fi Urquhart was bowled with the score on 0.  Kathryn White blasted 19 off 23 balls in a 30 run partnership with Kari Anderson, before being caught at long on off the bowling of Hopkins. 

Anderson and Liz Priddle put on 28 for the third wicket until Priddle was stumped on 11.  The wicket of Sam Haggo soon after brought Charlotte Bascombe to the crease. 

The pairing of Anderson and Bascombe rotated the strike and ran between the stumps exceptionally well in tough batting conditions as the approached the winning total. 

A lofted pull shot from Anderson scored the winning runs in a 50 run partnership to seal the six wicket victory for the Wildcats, with 22 balls to spare.

After the match, Kari Anderson said

"It was a good win, the conditions weren't the easiest. We have significantly improved since our last outing, especially our bowling and fielding. Our batters stuck to a fairly simple game plan and we are all thrilled with the victory"

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