Wildcats XI v Japan Report
From Cricket Scotland
Glasgow Academicals hosted the eagerly anticipated visit of the Japan women’s cricket team as they fought out two T20s against a Wildcats XI.
Japan beat Wildcats XI by 7 wickets [Scorecard]
In the first game of the day Japan won the toss and elected to field first on a damp wicket.
Japan opening bowler Ayako Nakayama decimated the Wildcats top order with an accurate spell of bowling, leaving the hosts on 8/3 in the 4th over.
Lois Wilkinson struck the only boundary of the innings as she made 10 before she was clean bowled by Yangida.
Six of the Wildcats batters were clean bowled, this was down to some tight bowling and some impressive fielding by Japan as they contained the home side’s momentum.
There was resistance from Charlotte Bascombe (13) and Lois Wilkindon (10) and as the Wildcats eventually finished on 66/7 from their 20 overs.
In reply Japan got off to a flying start with Mariko Yamamoto and Nakyama playing their shots and finding the boundary with regularity.
Abtaha Masqood bowled an impressive spell of spin, taking 2 wickets for 24 runs from her 4 overs.
Nakayama struck 4 boundaries on her way to an unbeaten 25 as Japan cruised to a 7 wicket win.
Wildcats XI beat Japan by 6 wickets [Scorecard]
In the second fixture Wildcats captain Samantha Haggo lost her second toss of the day and was asked to bowl first as the sun came out to make it a rather pleasant afternoon.
Following a stern team-talk by Head Coach Kari Carswell, the women came out fighting and looked a different team in the second match.
Kathryn White bowled accurate lines, and together with Lois Wilkinson reduced Japan to 13/4 in the 7th over.
Kerumi Ohta managed to dig in and make 21 for Japan, but some excellent bowling ensured they would finish on 71 from 20 overs.
Kathryn White finished with figures of 2/8 from 4 overs while Wilkinson finished her spell with an economical return of 2/6.
During the Wildcats innings Fiona Urquhart looked in good touch and got the Wildcats off to a solid start, playing some well-timed shots through point, until was well caught at long-off after making 16.
Liz Priddle contributed 13 to the score as the Scots edged towards the total before she was caught with 23 runs still to get.
It was Haggo and Charlotte Bascombe who saw their side home with a watchful partnership to reach the Japanese total with a few overs to spare to give the Wildcats a 6 wicket win.
After the match coach Carswell added, “In our first match we were disappointed with our batting and didn’t adapt to the conditions as well as we’d hoped. Our performance wasn’t quite the standard we would expect.
In the second game we hit our areas and applied our game plan to better effect although there are still areas we need to improve on.”
Congratulations to Wildcats captain Sam Haggo for being awarded player of the day by the Japanese team, and also thanks to the umpires and Glasgow Academicals for their hospitality.
The majority of the Wildcats will now represent the Cricket Scotland President’s XI against Japan tomorrow in Stirling, while their male counterparts will entertain Japan on the other square at Wiliamfield.