Scotland’s women fell to a third successive defeat against Ireland to lose their first series in 18-months 3-1 against their Celtic rivals in Belfast.
Having won the first match of the series on Monday, the Scots could not maintain the pressure on Ireland over the course of the week, and with a win needed to draw the series today, they fell to a six-wicket defeat.
Scotland captain Kathryn Bryce won the toss and elected to bat. Bryce was the high point among Scotland’s top order scoring 22 from 21 balls but following her dismissal Scotland slumped to 57-7.
It fell to 20-year-old Megan McColl to form a partnership with Sam Haggo, playing with stitches in her leg after sustaining a shin injury in yesterday’s defeat, and lead the Scots to their best batting score of the week, 99/7. McColl scored 30 from 29 balls including a six.
But the Irish batting line-up proved too strong for the Wildcats with opener Gaby Lewis scoring 49 from 40 and captain Laura Delaney posting 27 to lead the Irish home in 13.5 overs.
Scotland Head Coach Mark Coles, in charge of his first series since joining the team in April, said: “It’s been a really informative series for me in terms of understanding the players that we’ve got and where they’re all going to fit in in the future. It was great that we took a game off Ireland, and I thought that they played pretty well.
“I think there are a lot of times where we played well in patches but didn’t play well enough for long enough, so that’s a real focus for us. We need to put away more bad balls that we get bowled. But it’s been great to see the team play for the first time in 600 days, and we have some positives that we can work on.”
The full score card from the match can be viewed HERE
Scotland Team vs Ireland:
S Bryce (wk)
K Bryce (c)