Scotland got their ICC Women’s Qualifier Europe 2019 campaign off to a winning start as they cantered to an 8-wicket win over Germany in the strong Spain sunshine.
Winning the toss and electing to field, Kathryn Bryce’s side picked up regular wickets throughout Germany’s innings to restrict them to 37-8 after 20 overs at the German’s first ever ICC tournament.
Abtaha Maqsood (4-1-3-2 and two runs outs) and Priyanaz Chatterji starred in the opening fixture – claiming seven wickets out of eight – with the former accounting for the first three wickets to fall, building pressure with deliveries Germany just could not get away. Thanks to her string of dot balls, Maqsood was also able to effect two run outs in the middle overs to leave Germany reeling at 16/3 into the 11th over.
Chatterji, into the attack in the 12th, produced an economical spell to ensure Germany worked hard for every run. Her figures of 4-1-5-3 would eventually lead to a Player of the Match performance.
Thinking net run rate, Scotland looked to get the job done early chasing 38.
Despite losing two early wickets in the powerplay to Emma Bargna – Lorna Jack dismissed for 0 and Kathryn Bryce for 2 – Scotland reached victory with 84 balls remaining to claim the first two points of the tournament.