The first weekend of fixtures in the 30 over Women’s Premier League saw some big scores, including two centuries!
Royal High Corstorphine Women’s Cricket team started off the season in winning style with by chasing down 237 in 27.5 overs against West in the blazing Scottish sun. The day started with RHC winning the toss and electing to field, the first innings resulted in a beautiful batting display from West ‘s captain Charlotte Dalton who scored 159* reaching her 100 off just 64 balls, hitting 28 4s and 3 6s. On the bowling side there were 3 noticeable performances with Megan Taylor and Ruth Foulds both getting 2 wickets and Matilda Coke getting 1.
With 237 on the board and a century from the West’s captain, a tough chase was upon RHC, however Ruth Foulds and Kitty Levenson didn’t let the pressure get to them and started the chase in emphatic style bringing up a 100 partnership off just 79 balls. Ruth Foulds eventually fell for 41 off 42 balls. However Kitty pushed on to 115 with her 100 coming off just 53 balls which she brought up in style by hitting two massive 6s. It was eventually left to the middle order to finish what the openers had started with Megan Taylor getting 16, Matilda Coke getting 21* and Nicola Suiter getting 18* bringing up the first win of the season.
The combined Edinburgh South / Stew Mel team made their debut in the women’s premier league at Inch Park in 20 degree sunshine heat and a healthy crowd of parents and well wishes. The team was packed with a mix of experienced internationals and talented youngsters, and they set a brilliant tone for their first outing in the Premier League scoring 191-5 off their 30 overs. Top scorers were Catherine Fraser (68*) and Kathryn White (55) who both reached their fifties off just 33 deliveries.
A combined bowling effort saw ES/SM restrict another team new to the WPL, Watsonian Ladies, to 51/8 in reply, with Jasmine Rough topscoring with 18.
Meanwhile, at Craiglockhart, Carlton bowled George Watson’s College out for 89, with every bowler contributing M.Scott 2-14, C.Scott 4-23, C.Hutchinson 2-30 and A.Steindl 1-22. Wicketkeeper Jennifer Lind topscored for GWC with 32.
Breakthrough in the second innings came with GWC getting the wicket of M.Scott (12), though A.Drummond (35*) and F.Auchterlonie (35*) comfortably chased down the total reaching 91 in the 22nd over.