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September 12, 2023 9 months

Scotland Women finished their ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier campaign in style as they hammered France by 155 runs.

Half-centuries from Kathryn Bryce and Ailsa Lister allowed Scotland to post an imposing total of 204, one that always looked beyond France who were bowled out for 49.

Reflecting on the win, Kathryn Bryce said: “We were delighted last night to officially qualify for the global qualifiers, but we knew we wanted to win this tournament, so to come out here and put in a big performance like that was fantastic.

“Darcey was brilliant at the top, we had a big partnership to set the innings up for Ailsa to go in at the back end and just go for it, and she hit some great shots around the ground out there.

“To have someone like that (Ailsa Lister) who has the power to clear the ropes is invaluable in a team, and it’s really exciting to have her coming through and show everyone what she’s capable of.”

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Kathryn Bryce and Darcey Carter got Scotland off to the perfect start, bringing up their half-century opening stand inside 5 overs, preventing the France bowlers from being able to settle into any sort of rhythm.

Kathryn Bryce brought up her 50 in the 10th over, an innings featuring eight fours as she struck the ball cleanly to all areas of the ground; however, she should fall two balls after reaching the landmark, edging Emma Patel behind to Pooja Ganesh.

Sarah Bryce took no time to get into her work, striking her first ball over square leg for six and swatting her second past fine leg for four, but she should would depart for 11 from four balls to Marie Violleau.

Darcey Carter would fall in the following over as Patel snared her second victim, and Scotland had stuttered slightly from 99-0 to 120-3.

There would be no respite for France, however, as Ailsa Lister took the bowling on with a display of brutal hitting.

She cleared the perimeter fence behind the leg-side boundary on multiple occasions, and reached her half-century in just 27 balls, as she and Priyanaz Chatterji guided the Saltires towards 200.

Chatterji would depart from the final ball of the penultimate over, Wykes Templeman taking the catch off the bowling of Anika Bester.

Lister would ensure Scotland passed the 200 mark, finishing on 204-4 as the 19-year-old finished with a career-best, unbeaten, 68, from just 36 balls.

It was a target that always looked beyond France, with a maiden from Kathryn Bryce to open things up making the task even greater.

The pressure ultimately told, and Priyanaz Chatterji struck with her second ball, Templeman edging an attempted cut to Sarah Bryce who took an excellent low catch, tumbling forward.

She struck again three balls later, Violleau attempting a swipe across the line and missing as the ball cannoned into her leg stump.

The third wicket would fall in the following over, a mix-up in the middle seeing Britton stranded halfway down, with Ellen Watson and Kathryn Bryce completing the run out.

The wickets could continue to tumble as Chatterji picked up her third, Ines McKeon chasing a wide delivery and edging behind to Bryce.

Abtaha Maqsood was the next to get in on the act, Blandine Verdon chopping on to depart for two, and leave France 13-5.

Amy Seddon and Annika Bester steadied the ship somewhat, and took the total up to 31 until Bester misread a delivery from Darcey Carter, leaving a ball that turned and crashed into the top of off stump.

Carter would strike again to remove Emma Patel, trapping her LBW as the French batter got caught on the crease.

After being struck for four through the legside by Amy Seddon, Carter exacted her revenge as Seddon chipped to Kathryn Bryce at mid-wicket.

The final blow would be delivered by Megan McColl, bowling Dorothea Graham for 1, as France were bowled out for 49, 155 runs short of their target.

Priyanaz Chatterji and Darcey Carter were the pick of the Scottish bowlers, finishing with 3-7 and 3-14 respectively.

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