Four of the best teams in the country will lock horns in Stirling this Sunday as the fate of the 2019 Beyond Boundaries Women’s Scottish Cup is decided. Stirling County, Carlton, George Watson’s College and the winners of the rescheduled tie between McRea West of Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway will contest the third T20 Finals Day sponsored by the Scottish cricket charity.
Carlton go into the weekend on a high after an emphatic preliminary round win over Women’s Premier League champions Edinburgh South/Stewart’s Melville at Peffermill last weekend. Half-centuries from Ruth Willis and Annette Aitken-Drummond propelled the visitors to a formidable 143 for 5, and although Scotland pair Katie McGill and Katherine Fraser battled hard in reply, 3 for 3 from Hannah Rainey, 2 for 8 from Ruth Willis and two wickets in five balls from Heather Tait condemned last season’s runners-up to a 78-run defeat.
It was a tighter affair at Craiglockhart, where GWC triumphed by 26 runs against Watsonians. The star of the show was Emily Tucker, who celebrated her recent call-up to Scotland’s Under-17s with a fine innings of 34 as her side posted 99 for 4 in their 20 overs. The Eastern Knight U-16 then took 2 for 11 with the ball as Watsonians were restricted to 73 for 7 in reply.
After missing out on a place at Finals Day last year, hosts Stirling County were the beneficiaries of a concession from Royal High Corstorphine, while McRea West of Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway will meet at Hamilton Crescent on Saturday to decide the one remaining place in the line-up.
The Semi-Finals will be played simultaneously at New Williamfield, beginning at 10.30 am, while the Final will start at 2.30. Entry is free.
Beyond Boundaries Women’s Scottish Cup Finals Day, Sunday 25th August at Stirling County Cricket Club:
10.30 West of Scotland CC/Dumfries and Galloway v Stirling County (lower pitch)
Carlton v George Watson’s College (top pitch)
14.15 Third Place Play-off (lower pitch)
14.30 Final (top pitch)