Scotland’s women returned to international cricket with a bang taking an 11-run victory over Ireland in the first match of their four-game T20I series in Belfast.
Ireland, ranked 10th in the world, three places ahead of the Scots were favoured going into the match despite neither side having played international cricket since they last met in September 2019 and when they were set a target of 88 for victory by the Scots who won the toss and batted first, it looked as if they would be headed for victory.
But Scotland, led by Kathryn Bryce, produced an impressively tight fielding performance with disciplined bowling performances across the board to keep their Celtic rivals hemmed in and needing to score 55 runs off the final 50 balls.
Player of the match Katie McGill, top scorer in the Scotland batting line-up with 20 runs, took 3/18 off four overs with youngster Katherine Fraser also producing an accomplished performance with the ball taking 2/15.
The match also saw Abbi Aitken-Drummond equal Kari Carswell as Scotland’s most capped women’s player on 151 caps as the side took just their third victory against their Celtic rivals.
Head Coach Mark Coles was pleased to see his side take victory in his first international match in charge: ”That’s a really good win. Our batting definitely needs a bit of work and I think we made it a bit hard for ourselves near the end but they hung in there and fought, played some pretty fearless cricket and I thought they were really brave.”
Scotland captain Kathryn Bryce was delighted with her side’s fielding performance: “I think it was a brilliant start to the week. We probably didn’t get off to the best start with the bat and we felt a little bit short there but when we took to the field it was a brilliant effort from ball one. Everyone was buzzing around, bowling our areas and there was a lot of energy out there. It’s great to get our first win on the board after such a long time, first game back but also a lot of things to take forward that we can improve on for the rest of the week.’
The full score card from the match can be viewed HERE
Scotland Team vs Ireland:
S Bryce (wk)
K Bryce (c)