After a long summer with no competitive cricket, Scotland A Women returned to action on Sunday with two comfortable T20 wins against the newly formed North East Warriors at Alnmouth and Lesbury Cricket Club.
Having started squad training at the start of the month, Steve Knox’s side included both experience and youth including a debut for Dumfries’s Orla Montgomery. Having won the toss in the first match, Scotland skipper Kathryn Bryce elected to field and the Scotland opening bowlers restricted the Warriors to 24 in the first 5 overs. The breakthrough came in the 6thover with Sarah Bryce taking her first stumping of the day bowled by McColl.
The Scottish bowlers continued with their efficiency with further wickets in a devasting period between the 11th and 14thovers taking four wickets for only 11 runs. This included two wickets for Aitken-Drummond and two stumpings from S Bryce off Fraser and Scott. S Bryce followed up with a 3rd stumping off Maqsood in the 19th and this led to a 7th wicket in the final over from skipper Kathryn Bryce. Warriors finished on 81/7.
Sarah Bryce and Jack opened for Scotland A with a target of just over 4 runs per over to win. Jack went for one in the 4thover however Kathryn Bryce steadied the ship and the Bryce sisters went on to reach 56/1 in nine overs before rain stopped play.
As the skies around Alnmouth turned darker it was inevitable that DLS would factor in the match result and the decision was taken to end the match with Scotland A winning by 21 runs.
K Bryce (29*), S Bryce (20*), Aitken-Drummond (2-7)
Due to the rain delay, the 2nd match was reduced to 15 overs and with the Warriors winning the toss, they elected to bat.
The Warriors put up a much better show with the bat, with Hopkins (27) and Fenby (26*) taking their score to 84/4 in the 13th. Kathryn Bryce was on form once again taking three stumpings (McColl, K Bryce, Fraser) with McColl taking a 4thwicket. Warriors finished on a credible 99/4 setting Scotland A a challenging 100 to win.
Sarah Bryce and Jack led the attack once again and Bryce raced out of the traps in the chase, hitting four boundaries in 14 balls as her and Jack put on 47 until being caught by Chomse off Fenby for 26 in the 5th over.
Kathryn Bryce kept up the pressure hitting two 6’s and reached 28 in 20 balls before falling after being caught by Tipton with Scotland A on 92 in the 10th over. Jack fell in the 13th over on 20 with the scores level, leaving Glen and Watson to finish the match 15 balls to spare and see Scotland A over the line winning by 7 wickets.
K Bryce (28), S Bryce (26), McColl (2-7) K Bryce (1-18)
A solid start for Scotland A on the road this season with some notable performances and a debut for Montgomery. National Team Coach Steve Knox was delighted with the performances commenting “Our first match was a really disciplined bowling performance from the team setting up a comfortable DLS win whilst the 2nd match showed a dominating batting performance chasing down 100 in the 13th over.”
He continued “I would like to give a special mention to Sarah Bryce taking seven stumpings for the day and she was outstanding with the gloves. The results set us up nicely for our trips to Lancashire and Yorkshire in 9 days’ time.”