Scotland opened their ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament with a crushing defeat of Uganda at Amstelveen. Having won the toss Scotland and put the opposition into bat they made short work of brushing aside the Ugandans who were dismissed for 43 from 15.4 overs. The Scots then raced to 47/1 as they reached their victory target with nine wickets and 79 balls to spare.
The wicket-taking started early, with 20-year-old Scotland captain Kathryn Bryce dismissing Racheal Ntono from the fourth ball of the match for a duck. The other opener, Saidati Kemigisha, was gone in the next over, also for a duck when she was dismissed by Rachel Scholes.
Scholes claimed two further wickets in a three over spell that saw her return figures of 3/3. By the time she had bowled Janet Mbabazi and had Immaculate Nakisuuyi caught at deep mid-wicket the opposition had stumbled to 11/4.
It was Katie McGill that was the next bowler to cause the Ugandan batting lineup issues, claiming two wickets in two balls as she had Rita Musamali dismissed for 8 and Franklin Najjumba caught by Abbi Aitken for a golden duck. Uganda were in all sorts of trouble at 15/6.
The seventh wicket partnership was the most significant stand of the Ugandan innings with captain Kevin Awino and all-rounder Getrude Candiru putting on 24 runs to take the score to 39. The partnership came to an end when Candiru advanced down the pitch to attack the legspin of Abtaha Maqsood. She missed the ball and Sarah Bryce completed a good stumping.
The Ugandan tail was no match for Maqsood who wasted no time in running through the final wickets to return figures of 3/8 from 2.3 overs.
The Scots made short work of the target, with them almost halfway to the required total when the first wicket fell in the third over when Lorna Jack was caught off the bowling of Joyce Apio to leave them 19/1.
The wicket of Jack certainly didn’t slow down Sarah Bryce who as in a big hurry to get this game finished. She raced to 36 from 23 balls in an innings that contained six fours. She managed 76% of team’s total.