The Wildcats have the chance to make history this weekend as they conclude their Vitality Women’s Twenty20 Cup Division Two campaign with a double-header against Cheshire and Berkshire. Wins in both matches – coupled with a victory for unbeaten leaders Hampshire over second-placed Wales – will see the Scots promoted to Division One of the ECB’s T20 competition for the first time ever.
With Scotland’s biggest international assignment of the year fast approaching, too, Head Coach Steve Knox has selected the majority of the squad which will travel to the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Global Qualifier in the Netherlands for the trip to Chester. Only Jess Mills is unavailable from the fourteen-strong party announced on Wednesday as each player looks to take advantage of an opportunity to further their claim for a place in the starting line-up against Uganda on July 7th.
The Wildcats’ record of five wins out of six in Division Two has featured a series of emphatic victories over County opposition. The experienced seam bowling trio of Katie McGill (9 wickets at 14.77), Kathryn Bryce (6 at 12.16) and Priyanaz Chatterji (5 at 12.4) have been the cornerstone of an attack which has conceded an average of just 112 runs per innings and claimed nine or more wickets in fifty percent of their outings.
Kathryn (141 runs at 47) and Sarah Bryce (184 at 46) have consistently starred with the bat, too, while Rachel Scholes (130 runs at 21.66) has also made a significant contribution to what has been an imposing performance from the top order. As attention focuses toward those international matters, all will seek to round off what has been an impressive domestic T20 campaign for this young team in the best possible style.
Wildcats Squad vs Cheshire and Berkshire, Sunday 1st July at Chester Boughton Hall CC: Kathryn Bryce (Eagles) (c), Abbi Aitken (Eagles), Sarah Bryce (w/k) (Eagles), Priyanaz Chatterji (Stormers), Laura Grant, Lorna Jack (Stormers), Abtaha Maqsood (Stormers), Katie McGill (Eagles), Hannah Rainey (Eagles), Rachel Scholes (Stormers), Ellen Watson (Stormers), Ruth Willis (Eagles).