The Scottish Wildcats made the long journey to Wellingborough Town CC to take on Northants in their latest round of fixtures in Division 3 of the ECB county Championships.
Captain, Abbi Aitken won the toss (first of the season) and elected to field first. Opening bowlers Nadia Wheeler and Aitken set the tone for the innings as Northants were put under pressure from the start, with the first 10 overs only going for 18 runs and both bowlers picking up a wicket.
A disciplined bowling display was always going to be the order of the day, and the introduction of spinners Kirstie Gordon and Lois Wilkinson did nothing to release the pressure as Wilkinson trapped Natalie Cowan for 9.
A partnership of 26 runs developed for the hosts, until the introduction of Anderson removed the opener Laura Tonks for 33, Gordon taking a looping catch, leaving the hosts on 72-4 off 24 overs.
With the match finely poised, the experienced duo of Anderson and Kathryn White kept the runs to a minimum, while Anderson continued to pick up wickets and eventually completed an excellent spell finishing with figures of 4-13 off 10 overs, as White ended with 1-13 off 7 overs. At the end of 50 overs Northamptonshire finished their innings on 130-9.
Openers Rachel Scholes and Fiona Urquhart set about the Wildcats chase. Scholes was soon on her way back in the pavilion after being stumped, to reduce the Wildcats to 4-1. Fiona Urquhart was looking solid in defence and looked to punish anything short from the bowling, while Anderson found the going tough she managed to battle on to find some form.
A match winning partnership of 110 between Urquhart and Anderson was a joy to watch as the pair produced some excellent running between the wickets and along with shots all-round the ground, taking the Wildcats close to victory.
Urquhart was eventually out for a well-made 50, after hitting a full toss straight to the cover fielder. Wilkinson briefly joined Anderson but failed to trouble the scores. However, this brought White to the crease and the pair batted effectively to get Scotland over the finishing line. Anderson finished the match in style as she hit three consecutive boundaries to bring up her half-century and secure a good win for the Wildcats.
After the game captain Abbi Aitken was happy with the performance, "I'm really pleased with how we played today. The bowlers stuck to our game plan pretty well, the batting performance was positive and overall I think we deserved to win."
Coach Kari Anderson reflected on the victory by saying "That's the most disciplined we have been in all three areas of the game and it’s really pleasing to see the girls' hard work is paying off. We will take confidence from this game and plan to build on the win. I'm delighted for Fiona Urquhart - her hard work is paying off”.
The Wildcats would like to thank Lea Tsui for accompanying the team down to Northants to score, and Debbie Noble and Fiona Sheridan for their support during the trip.