Women's President's Report v Japan
History was made on Thursday 2 May at New Williamfield as the first ever women's President XI took on Japan, as part of the tourist 150th anniversary celebrations.
Having missed the previous day's fixtures between Scotland and Japan due to university examinations, Abbi Aitken returned to captain the President's XI. Also making a return was Annette Drummond, sister of Gordon Drummond who had relinquished captaincy that day, afer a six year absence.
Aitken won the toss and chose to bowl. The tourist got off to a steady start, despite consistent and accurate bowling from opening bowlers Aitken and Kathryn White, making 38 from 10 overs.
The breakthrough came in the 25th over when Liz Priddle bowled the dangerous Yamamoto for a well-made 39.
The President's XI kept the pressure on as Japanese wickets tumbled at regular intervals. To their credit, Japan rotated the strike well and did not hesitate to punish any bad balls received.
The Japanese total was bolstered by a massive 57 runs conceded by the disappointed Scottish side and missed catches in the field.
Japan completed their 50 overs on 159-8.
The pick of the bowlers for the President's XI was Olivia Rae, who bowled quickly and accurately and was rewarding with figures of 2-11 from 7 overs, closely followed by Aitken with 2-36 from 10 overs.
Chasing 160 to win, openers Fiona Urquhart and Rae got the chase off to a good start. Urquhart (20) was the first wicket to fall with the score on 61 as she picked out the long on fielder, who held on to a good catch.
Successful catching by the Japanese fielders did for Priddle and Lois Wilkinson, whose wickets fell in quick succession leaving the team 64-3 in the 18th over.
A 38-run partnership between Rae and White steadied this ship with the former achieving her maiden representative half century with some terrific timing and stroke play.
Rae was eventually out for 60, bringing the experienced Charlotte Bascombe to the crease. In partnership with White, they added 45 runs to the total as they edged closer to the target.
Disaster struck as both Bascombe and White were out within 10 balls of each other but Aitken and Lynne Dickson showed maturity as they saw the team home with 10 balls to spare.
Pleased at the result, captain Aitken said, "It's great to get the win after chasing a decent total. The Scotland girls are working hard to put into practice what they have worked on during the winter months. We acknowledge that there are areas still to improve upon and I'm sure the girls will be putting in the hours between games to work on these areas.
Coach Kari Carswell added, “It was a fantastic experience to play against the Japanese over the last two days. It’s a great way to kick off what should be an exciting season for us.
The Scotland girls have shown that they have made improvements to their game which is pleasing and the competition is now fiercer than ever. I think that’s a positive thing and will make the girls raise their game to another level.”