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DARCEY CARTER LEADS SCOTLAND TO VICTORY OVER NETHERLANDS

Cricket Scotland @CricketScotland
July 12, 2023 11 months
DARCEY CARTER LEADS SCOTLAND TO VICTORY OVER NETHERLANDS

An outstanding all-round performance from Darcey Carter helped Scotland Women open their tri-series account with a six-run victory over the Netherlands.

After being bowled out for 65 on Monday by Thailand, the Scots would have feared something a repeat when they found themselves 40-5 after being inserted by their hosts.

However, an unbeaten half-century from Carter, who made her Scotland debut on Monday, lifted her side to a competitive total of 110-8, which ultimately proved too strong for the Dutch.

After a delayed start due to a wet outfield, the Saltires were in early trouble as Iris Zwilling bowled Ailsa Lister in the first over, before Lorna Jack fell first ball, LBW to Eva Lynch, with the score on just seven.

Priyanaz Chatterji and Darcey Carter set about ensuring there would be no repeat of Monday’s collapse, taking the total up to 32 before Chatterji was removed by Lynch for 12.

Sam Haggo and Ellen Watson both followed cheaply, to leave Scotland in trouble at 40-5.

Whilst wickets fell at the other end Darcey Carter remained, growing in confidence throughout her innings as she looked to repeatedly go over the top of the inner ring.

She was joined at the wicket by Megan McColl, and the pair would add 60, runs which they were forced to work hard for with a slow outfield restricting the number of boundaries on offer.

McColl would eventually fall for 16 to Robine Rijke, and whilst Rachel Slater and Abtaha Maqsood also fell, Carter remained, going to her maiden 50 from 48 balls, and guiding Scotland to 110-8, a total which looked defendable.

Heather Siegers and Sterre Kallis began the Netherlands’ reply patiently, but Rachel Slater would bowl Siegers in the fourth over for six as she stepped too far across, exposing leg stump.

Babette de Leede, cousin of Bas, continued to tick the score along with Kallis, before Darcey Carter entered the fray and continued her magical day.

She had de Leede stumped by Lister, and then removed Rijke for two in the same over, reducing the Dutch to 41-3.

Iris Zwilling was the next to go, to Hannah Rainey, with the score on 63, but whilst Kallis was there, the hosts would have always felt in control.

Up stepped Scotland skipper Abtaha Maqsood, bowling Kallis for a fine 29 with a delivery that just clipped the top of off stump.

With the dismissal of Kallis, it looked like being an uphill task for the Netherlands, and it looked even more so when Maqsood struck again two balls later to remove Eva Lynch.

Hannah Rainey then struck in back-to-back overs to leave the chasing-side 85-8 and requiring 26 from the final overs, a total they never looked like achieving.

Scotland will be looking to build on this victory when they take on Thailand tomorrow afternoon; Kathryn Bryce and Sarah Bryce will be available for selection after joining-up with the squad.

You can watch the action live on the European Cricket Network.

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