Women's Indoor Sixes in Glasgow
Craigholme Sports Complex in Glasgow played host to the latest indoor cricket tournament for ladies’ clubs throughout Scotland on Sunday 3rd March. An impressive array of 9 teams entered the tournament, and the extent to which the indoor game is developing was more than evident on the day.
The groups were made up of the following teams;
Group A – Glasgow Accies, Edinburgh University and Stirling County
Group B – Dumfries, Edinburgh Ladies, St. Andrews University
Group C – Galloway, Ayr, George Watson’s College
Group winners Edinburgh University, Dumfries and a youthful George Watson’s College made it through to the semi-finals after winning both of their group games comfortably. Edinburgh University also looked strong in the group games, showing off their talents in all aspects of the game. Rebecca Oliver and Katie McGill led the way with the batting and bowling. Stirling County finished runners up in Group A after a hard fought victory over Glasgow Accies in the final group A game, with Fiona Sheridan and Lorna Jack demonstrating excellent running between the wickets.
In Group B Dumfries were the leaders of the pack and recorded victories over Edinburgh Ladies (by 5 wickets) and St. Andrews University. Rosy Ryan and Kirsty Strachan led the way in the batting department, with Kirsty deciding that hitting 6s was the easiest way to rack up the runs. However, Edinburgh Ladies, a team that started from scratch across the winter, should be congratulated for winning their first ever game at indoor cricket after a nail biting end to their 2nd group game against St. Andrews University.
George Watson’s College topped group C, much to their own surprise. The girls showed great skill, determination and character to win both group games. Lizzie Boyd enjoyed some of the bowling and hit 6s with relative ease, while Elinor Brown led the way with the bowling and fielding, getting a great run out with a direct hit on the way. Galloway beat Ayr in a tense last fixture.
With 3 semi-finalists already decided, average runs per over decided the 4th spot. Stirling County pipped Galloway and Edinburgh Ladies for the final semi-final slot.
Dumfries opted to bowl first in the first semi-final and beat Stirling County by 3 wickets with 1 ball to spare. In the other semi-final, Edinburgh University proved too strong for George Watson’s College and recorded a 22 run win.
The final was always likely to be a competition between 2 big hitting teams and that was certainly the case. Edinburgh University batted first and, after scoring 52 during their allotted 5 overs, the pressure was on Dumfries from the start. Dumfries’ opening pair of Kirsty Strachan and Rosy Ryan tried to keep up with the run rate but, on this occasion, the Dumfries side fell 8 runs short of victory. The difference between the 2 teams in the final was definitely the power hitting of Rebecca Oliver!
Kari Carswell was in a buoyant mood after the conclusion of the tournament:
“Congratulations to Edinburgh University, today they were the strongest team and they deserved to win! It was fantastic to see so many women and girls playing cricket in March and I hope that those who attended enjoyed the day. I can’t thank the players and coaching staff at the clubs enough, they are doing a tremendous job promoting and supporting girls and women’s cricket and long may it continue! I’d also like to thank Samantha Haggo and Lynne Dickson who came along to show their support and help with the umpiring. It’s great to get current internationalists along and I know they really enjoy getting out and about and offering hints and tips to those that are playing”.
There will be an indoor tournament on the 7th April at the National Cricket Academy, if you haven’t already entered the tournament you can do so by contacting Kari Carswell on 07891 408 915 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org