Women's Cricket Indoor Tournament
The final indoor tournament before the outdoor league and cup competition starts took place on Sunday 19th April at the National Cricket Academy.
Eleven teams were split into two groups;
|Group A||Group B|
|Galloway Swans||SCCC Storm|
The round robin phase in each group brought about some close matches, excellent cricket skills and a nasty collision with a wall. SCCC Fire and Ayr lead the way in Group A, with SCCC Fire only pipping Ayr to first place in the group by taking more wickets.
The girls representing Mary Erskine School progressed well with every game and it was a real pleasure to see the school participate in the tournament. Galloway Swans and St. Boswells were involved in some close group games but didn't quite get enough points on the board to reach the semi-finals.
In Group B SCCC Storm stormed to the top of the group, losing only one game of the last ball to Carlton! It was nerve jangling but the Steindl sisters held their nerve. Carlton and Watsonians were tied on points but Carlton progressed to the semi-final having taken one more wicket. Galloway Kites showed great intent in running between the wickets and on another day some of the matches might well have been more favorable.
SCCC Fire played Carlton in Semi Final 1 with SCCC Storm facing Ayr in Semi Final 2. It's a fair assessment to say the strongest teams reached the final. SCCC Fire won against Carlton and Ayr cruised through their Semi Final against SCCC Storm to book their in the final, the first indoor final that Ayr have reached.
SCCC Fire batted first and the hitting of Wildcats Rachel Scholes and Lorna Jack allowed SCCC Fire to set Ayr a total of 92. Ayr openers Samantha Haggo and Ellen Watson, a Wildcat and an U17 Wildcat had batted beautifully all day and had helped set some formidable totals in the group game couldn't get Ayr of the flyer that the needed resulting in Ayr always being behind the required rate. SCCC Fire getting the win and taking home the much sought after gold medals!
Kari Carswell, Women's Cricket Manager shared some thoughts "it's been a really enjoyable day. It's amazing to get 11 teams playing in final indoor tournament of the season and it's always great to see some new teams, new players and some old ones playing! To see international players encouraging others and taking time to pass on some tactics, tips and playing in the tournaments really gives everyone a lift and creates such a great buzz. It's been a great indoor schedule this year and it's something to build on but for now it's time to concentrate on the outdoor season and I really hope we have a dry summer. I would like to say a big thank you to all the teams who have played in the competitions and to everyone who has helped umpire and score, without you there would be no tournaments."
A selection of images from David Potter/CricketEurope can be found HERE