Thu

04

Sep

2014

Women's Scottish Cup T20 Final

Sunday will see the conclusion of the Women’s domestic schedule with the Women’s Scottish Cup Final taking place at Cambusdoon home of Ayr CC.

2013 winners Carlton have already booked their place in the final and will be looking to retain the trophy. Carlton will play the winners of the semi-final between St. Boswells and Ayr.

 

The Women’s Scottish Cup is a T20 competition and the final will start at 2pm

Mon

01

Sep

2014

Score Card from Game - St Bs v Carlton

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Sun

31

Aug

2014

Buckie Kwik Cricket Tournament

29 girls participated in a series of matches at Buckie CC. Six clubs were represented (Forres St Lawrence, Elgin, Fochabers, Buckie, & Huntly) in a format that allowed for maximum participation and gave all 29 girls the opportunity to showcase their skills. read more....

The  format was:

 

  • 10 over a side fixtures.
  • 2 fixtures each team.
  • Equipment - As per kwik cricket bar intermediate ball used.
  • Matches were officiated by club volunteers & parents.

 

At the end of the event the following awards were made on recommendation of the umpires:

 

Best secondary school age girl on the night - Lorna Couttie - Huntly CC 

 

Best primary school age girl on the night - Aicha Sutcliffe - Huntly CC 

 

It is hoped that a further two similar events will be played during September for same group of girls, with the addition of girls from Highland as well.
 

 Neil Nicol, organiser for the event, said

 

" It was very heartening to see so many girls come together tonight from all over the North, in which all had previously came through the local schools kwik cricket programme prior to this. High skill levels were very much evident on the evening by all and it was particularly pleasing to see many new friendships being formed between girls who hadn't met before tonight. Girls cricket in the North of Scotland is certainly on an upward spiral and it's refreshing to see girls in the area playing the game so enthusiastically with smiles on their faces".

 

 

Finally, big thanks to Iain & George, in particular, for helping out and Buckie CC for providing the venue. Also to Sean MacDonald, Pete Couttie, & Sean Pritchard for umpiring on the evening.

 

Huge praise also goes to the young Buckie Development Squad, who participated on the evening to give them more match experience

Thu

28

Aug

2014

Abtaha Maqsood talks to the BBC!

Abtaha Maqsood, current Scotland U17 and Wildcats squad member talked to the BBC as the World Cup was brought to Scotland. To see the full interview, click HERE. Abtaha starts to speak at 1 min 45 secs. 

Tue

26

Aug

2014

Girls Kwik Cricket festival and Crick-a-thon

Doo’cot Park played host to the annual Cricket Scotland girls kwik cricket festival on Sunday 24th August. The event was also part of Cricket Scotland’s Cricket-a-thon, undertaken in support of the STV appeal.

12 teams from across Scotland had entered the festival, now in its 3rd year. Each year there has been a steady increase in the number of girls coming along to the event and this year was no different. Wildcats and kittens were on hand to offer some handy advice and, whether it was about batting, bowling, fielding or asking for donations, the players certainly played their part. Not only has there been in increase in the number of players but the standard of play has also risen significantly. The number of 6s, direct hits and spectacular diving catches were on the increase too. It was great to see the weather played its part - rumour has it one or two people forgot sunscreen, unbelievable scenes in Scotland in late August!!

 

Wildcats' captain, Abbi Aitken, has been along to all 3 events and was suitably impressed “I really enjoy coming along to the girls kwik cricket event. Seeing so many girls play cricket is just amazing. I keep saying it, but there was nothing like this when I was a youngster, so this is a great opportunity for girls to come along and play against other girls and actually realise there are lots of girls playing cricket in Scotland. Everyone seems to have enjoyed themselves and hopefully we will see the same faces next year and some new ones! This tops off what has been a really exciting season for girls’ and women’s cricket in Scotland.”

 

Kari Carswell Women’s Cricket Manager for Cricket Scotland had some thoughts of her own “this the 3rd year of the festival and seeing how many girls are now playing and the support they have from clubs, parents, grandparents etc is wonderful. Running 6 pitches this year, compared to 2 in year one, shows that there is the interest out there. Clubs and schools have played such an important role in making this day a success so I thank them for all their hard work. Hopefully we will see more schools and clubs come along next year. Having a large base of girls playing kwik cricket is vital for the ongoing success of club and national cricket in the future, without a base we won’t have much to work with at the top end. It’s been a good season for all our teams, and we still have the Scottish Cup Final to go on the 7th September and then that’s another season finished off”.

 

Teams that participated;

Carlton

SMRH

Elgin

Huntly

Loretto

East Lothian

Watsonians

Hawick

Forfarshire

Galloway

Arbroath

Falkland

Fri

22

Aug

2014

Euros Tour Report

The European competition is always one that the players and coaching staff look forward to. It gives the squad an opportunity to see how far they have progressed and measure themselves against Europe’s best.

The Wildcats came into the European T20 event off the back of a very successful ECB Royal London 50 over season. The Wildcats went through the 50 over season only losing one game, the opener against Northamptonshire. With only one loss and a crucial win against the Netherlands in their last game, they secured promotion to Division 2 for 2015.

 

The T20 European event was held at Rugby School and the cricketing facilities were second to none, with both the pitches of a very high standard. The Scotland girls got the tournament underway in fine style with a victory over the Netherlands, this being Scotland’s 2nd victory ever at a European tournament. This would also end up being the only positive result for Scotland in the European tournament. There were some individual moments of brilliance throughout the week and also some moments of complete madness (but that’s why we all play cricket!). The team were close to victory in the 2 matches against the Netherlands but fell agonisingly close in a rain affected 9 over game, by 6 runs, and losing the final T20 against the same opposition by 5 wickets after scoring 124-6, their highest score of the week.

 

Against Ireland the games had a slightly different feel and outcome. The Irish girls looked sharper in all 3 facets of the game. Although the Scotland girls did give a good account of themselves in patches in the 3 games against the Irish, they failed to put together a sound batting, bowling or fielding performance all in the same game.

 

There is no doubt that the Scotland girls will have learnt a lot from the European Championships and hopefully it has given them all the hunger and desire to improve and commit to a training programme before the Global Qualifying event in 2015.

Wed

13

Aug

2014

Wildcats at the Euros - 2nd Day

The Wildcats continued the tournament with a match against Ireland this morning - Lets say, it didn't quite go to plan..... 

Scotland were put into bat first, and quickly lost wickets - at one point standing at 3-3. Things never really got going and only one Wildcat really made any impression on the bowlers, with Liz Priddle top scoring on 23 off 34 balls.

 

The Irish team came out determined to make a statement and Shillington finished on 31 not out on 23 balls. They achieved the needed score of 53 in 7.5 overs.

 

Tomorrow is another day,

Tue

12

Aug

2014

Wildcats Begin Their Euro T20 Campaign

The Wildcats began the tournament with a convincing win against Netherlands this morning. For photographs, follow this LINK

The ICC T20 Euros, a tournament among the 3 main associates, began today with a match against the Netherlands . 

The Netherlands went in to bat first and quickly lost wickets, one bowled by Kathryn W and one a run out. At this point the score was standing at 9! Things improved a little for them and one of their players (T Gunn) managed a top score of 73 before their innings finished with a total of 73-5. 

The Scotland women went in attacking, losing 3 wickets along the way and achieving the needed score of 74 in 15.1 overs. This sets up a good net run rate, which can be crucial in these tournaments of closely matched teams. 

An interactive report of this match, with video highlights, will be found on the Cricket Scotland website. 

Best Bowling figures came from Kathryn, with 2-10 off 4 overs
Best batting performance came from Rachel Scholes, who was on 37* when the game ended.

Sat

09

Aug

2014

Match Report - Wildcats v Netherlands

The Wildcats had their final match against the Netherlands at Wellesbourne CC on the 8thAugust. The Wildcats went into the game having only lost one game this season in the league, the opening fixture v Northamptonshire.

 


Abbi Aitken won the toss for the Wildcats and had no hesitation in bowling first.  The opening combination of Kathryn White and Samantha Haggo bowled superbly well and restricted the run rate.  Kathryn White picking up 2 crucial wickets along the way.  Kari Anderson took the 3rdwicket to the leave the Netherlands in spot of bother at 18-3.  Anderson went on to pick up a further 3 wickets and finished with figures of 4-33.  The Netherlands innings was helped along the way by 35 extras, but by the time Aitken (1-16) got the last wicket the Netherlands had reached 116 all out.  Other wicket takers for the Wildcats were Kirstie Gordon (1-25) and Ollie Rae (1-25) and a Charlotte Bascombe and Lorna Jack combination picked up a run out. 

 

The Wildcats opened up with Rachel Scholes and Fi Urquhart.  The Netherlands got the earlier breakthrough when Urquhart was bowled for 3.  A 51 run partnership in quick time by Scholes and Anderson put the Wildcats back on track, but 3 wickets fell in quick succession and with Scholes (26), Liz Priddle (1) and Kari Anderson (25) all back in the pavilion, the Wildcats found themselves at 58-4.  White and Bascombe steadied the ship with sensible batting until they went for one sneaky single too many and White was run out for a well-made (27).  Bascombe (21*) and Ollie Rae (9*) saw the Wildcats reach the target of 117 in the 34th over.  The win means that the Wildcats win division 3 and it sees them promoted to the league above for the 2015 season.

 

After the match Kari Anderson was understandably delighted with the result “we made it a little bit harder for ourselves but I’m so pleased to come away with the win.  The girls have done exactly what we’ve asked of them, not only in this match but throughout the season.  Travelling up and down that road for fixtures isn’t easy, driving late at night to make work the next day and all the other bits and pieces that folk have to sacrifice to come and play makes it so much sweeter and I’m sure we will enjoy it.  We don’t have a huge amount of time to celebrate as we have the European Championships next week but the girls will get a well-deserved day off tomorrow and then we will start preparing for the T20s.  On behalf of all the girls I would like to say a big thank you to those who have supported us, it really does mean a lot to know that people are looking out for our results. This is very much the beginning for this group of players and we want to continue to progress as a squad, there is a real hunger and desire to do that”.

 

A jubilant captain Abbi Aitken couldn’t quite find the words to express her delight “it’s a great feeling to know that we are champions.  To get over the line in a crucial game.  We haven’t beaten Holland ever at Senior level so I think we might enjoy our night tonight.  Everyone has played their part this season and its credit to all the girls in the squad who have worked incredibly hard this season”.

Sat

09

Aug

2014

THEY DID IT!!!!

The wildcats beat the Netheerlands to win the league. Follow this link to read the report http://www.cricketeurope4.net/DATABASE/ARTICLES7/articles/000047/004737-p.shtml?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Thu

07

Aug

2014

U17s Pictures of Ireland Series

Some more of David Potter's great pictures (thanks David!)

Thu

07

Aug

2014

U17s Pictures from Malvern

Pictures courtesy of Katie McGill

Mon

04

Aug

2014

Wildcats Victorious in Natwest T20s

The Wildcats arrived home with 2 more victories. Wins over Gloucestershire and Northants in round 2 of the NatWest T20 and secured the Wildcats 4th place in Division 3.

Batting first against Gloucestershire the Wildcats posted 132-5 in their 20 overs with Annette Drummond (33), Liz Priddle (26) and Kathryn White (28*) the main run scorers. The Wildcats had to wait until the 9th over before they got the breakthrough but once Lois Wilkinson was introduced wickets started to fall and the run out slow. Lois finishing with figures of 4-15 of her 4 overs, Gloucestershire finishing their innings on 85-5.

 

After winning the toss again Abbi Aitken decided to bowl first in the 2nd game of the day v Northamptonshire. Northants reached 116/4 in their 20 overs with Wilkinson again picking up 2-20 and Aitken 1-18. Fiona Urquhart and Rachel Scholes set about chasing down the target and the both clearly wanted an early finish! The score had raced to 31 after 3 overs with Urquhart and Scholes looking to take advantage of the initial 6 over powerplay. Urquhart was out for a brisk 38. Scholes wasn’t letting up and finished on 61* to see the Wildcats to victory by 8 wickets with 16 balls to spare.

 

After the game skipper Abbi Aitken was delighted with 2 more wins “ the girls put in some strong performances. We are doing some things really well at the moment and it’s great to see the girls backing themselves and having the confidence to try different things”.

Fri

01

Aug

2014

Liz Smith Congratulates Kathryn & Kari

A wonderful tribute to our Kathryn White and Kari Carswell (Anderson) as they reach 100 caps apiece during the 2014 season. 

Kari Carswell (left) and Kathryn White (right) get their 100th cap along side Sam Haggo (middle) who achieved her 50th
Kari Carswell (left) and Kathryn White (right) get their 100th cap along side Sam Haggo (middle) who achieved her 50th

Few international cricketers these days achieve the accolade of being presented with their 100th cap. Names such as Cowdrey, Boycott, Gower, Botham and Cook are amongst the 11 players who appear in the MCC records for such an achievement. Even fewer, however, can make the claim that they were at the top of their international careers for two whole decades.

 

But, in both cases, that is what Kari Carswell and Kathryn White have achieved during the course of this season. They deserve our warmest congratulations.

 

After originally playing with Stirling County, Kathryn achieved the majority her caps while pursuing a professional career within the NHS in the Borders and, more recently, after becoming a mother. In her current role of Joint Captain of St Boswells Cricket Club she continues her ongoing commitment to cricket development, particularly focusing on introducing girls to the game, while still scoring runs and taking wickets for the Wildcats.

 

As someone who played alongside Kari in some of her first international matches, and who has worked alongside Kari in her coaching role, I can say without fear of any contradiction that she is a source of inspiration both on and off the field. She has worked tirelessly to bring Scottish women's cricket to where it is today - from its very humble beginnings to its present place in the international sphere where it can compete with the best of them.

 

The fact that Scotland women can now boast two national squads at senior and under 17 level is credit to Kari and the committed coaching and management team she had built up around her.

Some of this season's results for both squads show just how far women's cricket in Scotland has come - something upon which all of us are determined to build.

 

I always believe that the best coaches are those who can lead by example and who never ask their charges to do what they cannot do themselves. Both Kari and Kathryn’s commitment to their playing and coaching careers is the secret of much of Scotland’s recent success.

 

Thank you both and many congratulations from us all.

 

Liz Smith MSP

President SWCA

 

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Fri

01

Aug

2014

U17s August Series Against Ireland

Scotland U17 girls and Ireland U17 girls are playing a series for the 3rd year in a row. This year’s series will be hosted at Loretto School.

The match schedule is listed below and if you are free, and in the area, please come down and support the team.  All matches are taking place at Pinkie playing fields.

 

Commenting on the series Kari Carswell said “we are now in the 3rd year of this series and it is such an important part of our fixture schedule.  It gives our girls vital match practice against strong opposition and the series have always been tight affairs.  I know the girls are really looking forward to playing at Loretto this year and I really hope that the weather plays its part too! The U17s have had a busy season and have come a long way since their first match, having just returned from a tournament at Malvern where they played 5 matches and won 3.  Some of the performances were outstanding as Kirstie and Sarah both scored centuries and Lily took a hat-trick - special moments for these girls and their teammates”.

 

Date

Match

Times

Monday 4th 

T20 v Scotland U17s 

4pm

Tuesday 5th

2 x T20 v Scotland U17s

11am & 3pm

Wednesday 6th

40overs v Scotland U17s

10am

 

Squad

Eve Boulous

Kathryn Bryce (c)

Sarah Bryce

Cerys Evans

Kirstie Gordon

Caitlin Heathcote

Georgia Henderson

Sarah McCann

Abtaha Maqsood

Hannah Rainey

Lily Steindl

Zoe Young

Ellen Watson

Fri

01

Aug

2014

Wildcats Squad for European Championships

Cricket Scotland has named a squad of 13 for the women’s European Tournament that is taking place at Rugby School from the 11th – 18th August.

The squad will play 6xT20 games, 3 against Ireland and 3 against Holland. The players have had a busy summer so far, with games in the ECB competitions Royal London Women’s One Day Championship and the NatWest T20 competition.

 

Match:

Time

Rugby School

Timing:

Day 1- 12th August

10.30 -1.30

Netherlands Vs Scotland

15.30 - 18.30

Ireland Vs Netherlands

Day 2- 13th August

10.30 -1.30

Scotland Vs Ireland

15.30 - 18.30

Reserve Day

Day 3- 14th August

10.30 -1.30

Netherlands Vs Scotland

15.30 - 18.30

Reserve Day

Day 4- 15th August

10.30 -1.30

Netherlands Vs Scotland

15.30 - 18.30

Scotland Vs Ireland

Day 5- 16th August

10.30 -1.30

Ireland Vs Netherlands

15.30 - 18.30

Reserve Day

Day 6- 17th August

10.30 -1.30

Ireland Vs Netherlands

15.30 - 18.30

Scotland Vs Ireland

 

Abbi Aitken

Annette Drummond                           Staff

Charlotte Bascombe                           Steve Paige – Assistant Coach

Elizabeth Priddle                                Lea Tsui - Manager

Fiona Urquhart                                  Mhairi Shanks – Physio

Kari Anderson – player/coach

Kathryn White

Kirstie Gordon

Lorna Jack

Nadia Wheeler

Olivia Rae

Rachel Scholes

Samantha Haggo

 

Coach Kari Anderson is looking forward to the tournament “we are looking forward to the challenge that the European Championships will bring us. The girls have trained hard and played well in both the 50 and 20 over competitions we have played in so we will be looking to continue that good run. There is no doubt this competition will provide us with a real test and its one we are all relishing”.

 

Thu

31

Jul

2014

On the road again! Wildcats head for more T20 Excitement

The Wildcats are back on the road again this weekend as the head to Poulton CC to play in the 2nd round of the NatWest T20 competition.

Having narrowly lost out on first place on net run rate to Derbyshire the Wildcats will face Gloucestershire and Northamptonshire who both finished 2nd in their groups after the first round of matches. There are 2 changes to the squad from the 50 over game against Gloucestershire at the weekend with Rachel Scholes and Lois Wilkinson coming in for Olivia Rae and Kirstie Gordon who have had a busy week at Malvern College.

 

Coach Kari Anderson looks ahead to the games “here we go again! It’s been a busy cricket season and we still have lots of game to go. We will be going into these 2 games looking for 2 wins, we want to keep the winning habit going. We probably didn’t play our best cricket in the last round of the T20s so we will be looking to put that right. I can’t really complain about how we are playing to be honest, of course you can always be better but I’m happy with the majority of what we are doing. We aren’t getting carried away, we have a long way to go as a squad but the signs are really positive”.

 

Squad – Abbi Aitken, Annette Drummond, Charlotte Bascombe, Elizabeth Priddle, Fiona Urquhart, Kari Anderson, Kathryn White, Lois Wilkinson, Lorna Jack, Nadia Wheeler, Rachel Scholes, Samantha Haggo

Mon

28

Jul

2014

Match Report - Wildcats v Glocs

Will pistachio and pineapple play a critical part in Wildcat successes going forward? Another convincing win.

Frocester Cricket Club was the latest club to host the Wildcats in their recent Royal London One day cup against Gloucestershire. Skipper Abbi Aitken won the toss and elected to field first. Gloucestershire's innings was built around a century from opening batter Alex MacDonald who batted throughout the innings and finished on 117*, Gloucestershire scored 197-7 in their 50 overs. Wicket takers for the Wildcats, Nadia Wheeler 2-21, Kari Anderson 3-20 and Abbi Aitken 1-38.

 

Pineapple and pistachio were dominant features on the lunch menu.

 

The Wildcats reverted to the opening partnership that had worked well so far and Fi Urquhart and Kathryn White opened up. Things didn't quite go to plan when Urquhart was out first ball of the 2nd over. White and Kari Anderson put on 24 for the second wicket before White went for 12. Liz Priddle scored fluently punishing anything loose and together with Anderson had a partnership of 105 before Priddle departed after making a fine 52. Annette Drummond had a 53 run partnership with Anderson before being needlessly run out for 17 with the Wildcats only needing 16 for victory. Charlotte Bascombe and Anderson saw the team over the line in the 41st over. Anderson unbeaten on 86 and Bascombe 4*.

 

After the game Abbi Aitken was pleased with another victory "All in all it was another brilliant win for the team. The bowlers were quickly made aware that any loose deliveries would be punished and similarly the Gloucs batsmen looked to capitalise on any fumbles in the field. After a relatively poor start the team did extremely well to reduce the run rate significantly and apply the pressure. I was delighted with our batting performance, our ability to build partnerships and play to our strengths enabled us to execute our game plan, reaching the required total with relative ease"

Thu

24

Jul

2014

Final Day of the T20 Mini-tournament

After the 2 wins from 2 on day one the Wildcats were keen to keep the winning habit going.

The format and schedule were the same, first game against Leicestershire followed by a game against Derbyshire.

Captain Abbi Aitken has a habit of winning the toss and nothing looked set to change when she again called correctly and opted to bat first against Leicestershire. The Wildcats batting line up didn’t get going at all and struggled to get any momentum going. Kari Anderson, who scored 27 in her 100th appearance for Scotland, and Charlotte Bascombe 17 were the main contributors to the total score of 92 all out. The Wildcats knew their bowling and fielding would have to be at its best to record a victory and Samantha Haggo who received her 50th cap before the game set the tone for the bowling attack. Sam finished with figures of 2/5 off 3 overs to set up an exciting win by 5 runs. Other wicket takers for the Wildcats were Kathryn White 1/26, Abbi Aitken 1/17, Kari Anderson 2/17 and Olivia Rae 1/6.

 

In the 2nd game of the day against Derbyshire Aitken again decided to bat first. As was the case in the first game the batting order failed to fire and Rachel Scholes held the innings together well with a fine 56* that allowed the Wildcats to make 99/6 in their 20 overs. The bowlers again knew they had to keep it tight by L. Kellogg from Derbyshire had other ideas as she blasted 70* from 45 balls to give Derbyshire the win by 8 wickets. Haggo and Anderson picked up the 2 wickets to fall.

 

After the game coach Kari Anderson gave us her thoughts “we never really got going today. We bowled and fielded well against Leicestershire, but our batting was nowhere near where we want it to be. But to get 3 wins from 4 is a decent return. Of course we are disappointed to lose the final game that will probably put us in 2nd place on net run rate but that’s the way it goes sometimes. We know we can play better and some girls are frustrated with how they’ve played but there is no point on picking the games to bits, we have to move on. Everyone knows where it went wrong today so it’s up to us all to pick ourselves up for our next game”.

 

Thanks to Ian Shaw and Anji Rae for their assistance on the trip.

Wed

23

Jul

2014

Wildcats ECB T20 Update

The Wildcats can be satisfied after two victories in their opening games on the first day of the ECB T20 competition.



Batting first against Leicestershire, the Wildcats made 123\8 with Liz Priddle 37* and Rachel Scholes 35 the main contributors. Leicestershire fell 13 runs short of the total after finishing their innings on 111\4. Kathryn White was the pick of the bowlers picking up 1\14 in her 4 overs, this game also marked 100 games for Scotland for Kathryn, the first player to reach this milestone.

 

Abbi Aitken continued her streak of winning the toss in the 2nd T20 of the game v Derbyshire and this time opted to bowl first. Excellent fielding and bowling restricted Derbyshire to 106/8 in 20 overs with Kirstie Gordon picking up 2/12 in her 4 overs. Fi Urquhart 40, Rachel Scholes 23, Ollie Rae 22* and Kari Anderson 14* ensured the Wildcats recorded an 8 wicket victory with 32 balls to spare.

 

Coach Kari Anderson was pleased with the victories "we can be pleased with how we've played today, that is probably the best we have fielded and bowled all season so that's really pleasing. The girls are in confident mood and everyone is contributing to the victories so I'll be looking for more of the same on Wednesday".

Mon

21

Jul

2014

Busy Week for the Wildcats

The Wildcats have a busy week playing 4 T20s in 2 days  before returning to 50 over action against Gloucestershire on Sunday (27th July).  
The Wildcats are in T20 action against Derbyshire and Leicestershire on Tuesday and Wednesday at Denby CC, playing each county twice.  The T20 game swill be an excellent warm up for the European Championships that come in August.

Captain Abbi Aitken is looking forward to the break from 50 over cricket "Our focus is fully on the 4 T20 games, we having been doing well in the 50 over competition so we will be looking to take confidence from those games into these ones.  4 T20s in 2 games will be a challenge but the girls are really looking forward to it. Our regional competition is all T20 so it's not as if we haven't had any practice. The squad is looking sharp and our squad of 13 is really up for the challenge".

The Squad return home on Wednesday evening, have a couple of days back at work before getting back on the road to take on Gloucestershire on Sunday at Frocester CC.  The Wildcats are top of Division 3 knowing that 2 more wins will see them secure promotion to Division 2.

Coach Kari Anderson gave us her thoughts on the busy week ahead "it's going to be a busy week! The team have played exceptionally well so far this season and they are fully aware that we have a few more challenges  ahead before they can relax! The T20s will be good fun, we have some strong hitters in the team so hopefully they will go out and showcase their skills and the bowlers have been practising hard and have bowled well throughout the season so we will be looking to continue that. The 50 over competition has been going well and we will keep striving to make improvement is the departments where we have maybe let ourselves down on occasions. It's going to be a challenging week, physically and mentally but I know the girls will be well up for it".

Squad - Abbi Aitken, Annette Drummond, Charlotte Bascombe, Elizabeth Priddle, Fiona Urquhart, Kari Anderson, Kathryn White, Kirstie Gordon, Lorna Jack, Rachel Scholes (T20 only), Olivia Rae, Nadia Wheeler, Samantha Haggo

Sun

13

Jul

2014

Fi Urquhart top scores for Stoneywood-Dyce

Fi Urquhart, Scotland International and Stonewood-Dyce Club player secured her team's victory with a magnificent 65 at Meigle, ending Meigle's unbeaten run. 
Opening the batting and well supported by fellow team members, Fi helped SD to reach their highest score of the season and end Meigle's winning ways. 

After the game, Fi remarked 

"We (stoneywood) really had nothing to lose against an undeafeted Meigle side. We were encouraged to play to our strengths, bat long and just enjoy it. I rode my luck a little bit throughout the innings but its so good to produce some form at club level. Brilliant to help contribute towards the win."

A full report of the match can be found here: 



Tue

08

Jul

2014

Photographs from the match at The Arns

A selection of David Potter's wonderful pictures, this time from the game at The Arns on 6th July, where the Wildcats took on Clacks CCC, including ringer Andy Goram!

Sun

06

Jul

2014

Wildcats take on Clacks & Goram!

Everyone get to the Arns - A great event today!

CLACKMANNAN County Cricket Club are delighted to be hosting an exhibition T20 Match between Cricket Scotland’s Women’s Team and a Clackmannan County Select Team featuring guest player, former Scotland International goalkeeper, Andy Goram this Sunday July 6.

 

The grounds open at 2pm for what is sure to be an exciting and enjoyable family day out.

 

Andy Goram said, “I am looking forward to it and I can’t wait to be playing cricket again. I am delighted to be helping to raise funds for Clackmannan County Cricket Club and to help raise the profile of the Scotland Women’s Cricket Team – The Wildcats. I just hope they don’t live up to their name. It is going to be a fantastic family day out with lots of entertainment.”

 

After the match, Andy Goram will be hosting an informal Q & A session in the clubhouse and everyone is invited along.

Clackmannan County Cricket Club was founded in 1868 and play their home games at The Arns, on the outskirts of Alloa.

The club competes in two leagues, those being the East of Scotland Cricket Association and the Strathmore and Perthshire Cricket Union.

Goram is one of a select few to have played in both a first class cricket game and a full international football match for Scotland. Andy has represented Scotland at cricket four times.

He is best known as 'The Goalie', having played for most notably Rangers, Hibs and Scotland. In 2010 he was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame.

Tickets on the door!

Sat

05

Jul

2014

U17s v Shropshire - Game 2

A very different game on a very different wicket  - Scotland lose, but some good individual performances shown. 

Scotland arrived at the ground to sunshine for an early start due to Coach Rae’s weather telling skills. K. Bryce and R. Matthews met in the middle for the toss. Heads was the call from the Scotland captain but Shropshire won the toss and elected to bat first. On a wicket that kept low the day before it was a good opportunity for Scotland to dig into Shropshire and keep them to a low total. However, it soon became clear that the ball was coming on nicely for the Shropshire batters. Mathews started well with runs coming fairly easily, until the spinners came on to steady the ship. The first wicket fell to the bowler K. Bryce in her second over, hitting the top of off stump. In the seventh over K. Gordon replaced L. Steindl and took an early wicket in her first over to have Shropshire 36-2. Matthews played our bowlers well, punishing the bad ball. She didn’t give away many chances apart from a dropped catch from the bowler when she was in the 40s. Matthews went on to make her 100 but was removed shortly after by K. Gordon for 101. A sixth wicket partnership stuck in well and accumulated runs with Shropshire running well between the wickets. Scotland’s bowlers restricted Shropshire well in the final overs, picking up a 7th wicket and the score ended on 234 from the full 45 overs.

 

Scotland were up for the fight having scored over 200 chasing on the last tour. K. Gordon and S. Bryce strode out to the middle ready for the battle. The chase started off well with the run rate at over 5 an over until K. Gordon was caught at mid-off attempting to hit a full toss over the top off spinner J. Matthews. The two Bryce’s were in together building a partnership until S. Bryce was caught out by the slower ball of R. Matthews for 34. With two crucial wickets down, the run chase was now in the hands of Captain Bryce and the middle order batters who have been growing in confidence every game. E. Watson unfortunately didn’t make a mark in this game and was out early. Steindl and K. Bryce started to work well together until the ball came off the pads of Bryce and back onto the stumps. With the score on the infamous 111, Scotland were 4 wickets down in the 23rd over.

 

At the midway point of Scotland’s innings, as coach Rae had predicted, the rain started to fall but all parties were keen to power through and get a full game of cricket in. The Scotland lower order batters worked hard to try and accumulate runs, including a brave stand of 28 by Heathcote/Rainey, but unfortunately the 10th wicket fell with the score on 141, well short of the Shropshire score. It was almost instantaneous that the rain began to fall really heavily, it seems Shropshire had got the final wicket just in the nick of time. Despite the loss, the girls were able to see where the game could have been changed in their favor and they are ready to build on the performance in their next tour.

 

Post match, Hannah Rainey was voted champion of the day for her roles with both bat and ball. The squad noted her continuous effort and improvement every time she steps on the field. Fielder of the game was awarded to Eve Boulos, our youngest member, for her constant energy and anticipation; and for putting in two spectacular stops.

 

After the game, Captain Bryce reflected: “We restricted Shropshire well to a score that we had faith our batters could chase. Unfortunately our top order were not able to dig in for long enough and left just too much for the middle and lower order to chase. On another day with our best game we were well matched and could have had a different result.”

 

Coach Rae added “we’re feeling confident after our first two tours that we have the ability to go out and apply pressure in the field and post challenging targets with the bat. We know that by being disciplined with our skills and bouncing back from setbacks we can build on every performance. As always, the team are looking forward to their next opportunity to step out and make Scotland proud”

 

Thu

03

Jul

2014

U17s v Shropshire - Game 1

Match report from the U17s game against Shropshire 

The wicket looked firm and dry, a batters wicket. Bryce won the toss and elected to bat. Scotland lost in form batter Gordon early to a ball that kept low and it became evident the wicket wasn't going to act as expected. Bryce sisters set out to rebuild until Kathryn was given out to a controversial LBW with the score at 15-2. Sarah departed not long after with the team now on 32. Ellen Watson stepped up to her role and played her game, batting through 5 further wicket losses. Rainey and Evans helped add a few more runs to the total until their captain took the final wicket and Scotland finished on a score of 69 off only 20.5 overs.

 

Scotland went out to field with great energy even though they were defending a low total. The early change of Gordon into the attack brought immediate success taking 2 wickets in her first over including the dangerous opener R Matthews LBW for 10. Bryce took the other opener with a stunning catch from Gordon at short cover. Gordon took two more wickets and the bowlers continued to bowl accurate lines and restricted the Shropshire batters, who were now 34-5. The next pair rotated the strike well and took the score to 51. Steindl took the crucial wicket to break this partnership as tensions ran high. Gordon took her fifth wicket achieving her first ever 5-for for the team. Shropshire now 54-7. The girls pushed hard for another wicket to keep their hopes alive but Shropshire crossed the line in 15.5 overs. unfortunately a few too many extras cost the girls in the end.

 

Kirstie Gordon was voted 'champion' of the match for her excellent display with the ball and energy in the field after a disappointing time at the crease. She was also voted fielder of the game for her enthusiasm and commitment in the field.

 

After the game vice captain Gordon reflected "it was a real honour to get my first 5 wicket haul for the u17s in a closely fought match. We were unfortunate not to put on the batting display that we would have liked, and had backed ourselves to do, but we showed real character and fight restricting them to a difficult chase. We all bowled our areas well and the pressure we built as a team made the wickets easier to come by. I hope to continue my good run of form for the team in the upcoming matches and tours"

 

Sun

29

Jun

2014

Match Report - Wildcats in Oxfordshire

Brief report, on a brief match, by Kari. Wildcats make it 5 in a row!

The Wildcats were ruthless in their most recent win, over Oxfordshire, on Sunday 29th June.

 

Stand in captain, Kathryn White, lost the toss and the Wildcats were asked to bowl first, but before proceedings got underway Lorna Jack was presented with her 50th cap.

 

Opening bowler White didn't hang around and took 2 quick wickets, simultaneously taking her to 100 wickets for Scotland and leaving the hosts on 26-2. The introduction of spinners Kirstie Gordon and Kari Anderson proved to be a stroke of genius, with the pair picking up 5 wickets between them and leaving Oxfordshire in trouble on 47-7. The final 3 wickets were eventually picked up  by Ollie Rae (2 wickets) and Nadia Wheeler (1 wicket), reducing Oxfordshire to 69 all out in the 45th over.

 

The opening pair of White and Urquhart, that has served the wildcats so well this season, was unchanged. Both batters played to their natural strengths and looked to punish anything in their scoring area. The victory was sealed in the 12th, over with Urquhart unbeaten on 34 and White on 29.

 

After the game coach Kari Anderson was clearly delighted "that was a really ruthless performance. Of course there are some areas where we can get even better,  but let's not take anything away from the girls. The bowlers stuck to their task and to see Kathryn and Fi go out and bat so positively really put the icing on the cake. The U17s have had a busy and successful week so, all in all, this is a fab week for both our National teams. The players all work so hard and absolutely deserve this".

Sat

28

Jun

2014

Match Report -U17s v Shropshire

In a match that didnt quite go Scotland's way, there were still some excellent individual bowling performances and a Century for Kirstie Gordon

It was a hot, sunny day at Denby CC where K Bryce lost the toss and Wildcats U17s were to field first against Derbyshire u17s.

 

With the absence of Steindl, K Bryce opened the bowling with Thomson. There was a short boundary on one side, which the batters heavily targeted and took advantage of. Thomson made the breakthrough in the 6th over getting Slack out LBW. Gordon (3-30) and Bennett (1-20) got the next 3 wickets. However, Derbyshire built up a big partnership in which Scotland’s fielding wasn’t up to the standard we would have liked and the pair found runs easy to come by until Bryce came back on and took the crucial wicket. In the next over Gordon got Glen caught and bowled on 111. The girls then capitalised on the situation and began to apply the pressure of two new batters and restricted them to 18 in the last 7 overs.

 

Gordon and S. Bryce went out to bat with a target of 233 to chase and we were never in doubt that this was achievable. The opening pair did not disappoint and put on an incredible first wicket partnership of 133 by rotating the strike and punishing the bad ball. S Bryce unfortunately departed before reaching her fifty (46) but played a crucial innings that steered us into a potential winning position. This brought K Bryce to the crease to continue the chase. The Derbyshire bowlers bowled tight lines and didn’t give Kathryn much room for manoeuvre and she unfortunately chipped the ball to mid-off. The pressure was now really on with the score at 162 off 36 overs. K Gordon was still looking strong at the crease at 84*. The team watched anxiously as K Gordon approached her maiden century but the opening batter continued to keep her cool and casually met the landmark with a solid legside glance for a single. Her 100 was thoroughly deserved after a very successful tour and as Kirstie punched the air and removed her helmet, the team’s pride was apparent.

However, the job was not done for K Gordon as there were still runs to be chased down. E Watson entered the crease and put on a spectacular display to put 16 runs on the board in 13 balls. During this display we lost K Gordon caught behind, but because of the increase in run rate, a win was still on the cards. Unfortunately, we ran out of overs but everybody went in to bat with intent and we eventually fell short by only 22 runs.

 

On achieving her maiden century Gordon said “it’s a massive honour to hit my first hundred for Scotland u17s. I’ve worked hard over the winter and it’s good to see that it is paying off for the team. It’s been a really enjoyable and successful first tour and there are lots of positives to be taken. I am really glad to have ended on a personal high.”

 

Sat

28

Jun

2014

Club Mixed 'Social' Match

Report from a great social evening at Gatehouse, conbining a fun mixed game and a barbecue.

On a beautiful Monday night at Gatehouse cricket ground, a social evening took place consisting of a fun mixed game and barbecue. Men, women, girls and boys all took part and put on a great show with Team Conn winning by only 3 runs, taking it to the very last ball in an extremely hard-fought contest.

 

After winning the toss Team Hamblin chose to field first and Glen Montgomery opened the batting for Team Conn. Glen batted well adding several fours to the score sheet but was soon bowled by Dawn Campbell. Donna Mitchell notched up a number of runs before unfortunately being given out LBW.

 

Top run-scorer Kate Maxwell (sponsored by Gillespie, Gifford and Brown) kept the fielding team on their toes for a long spell before being run out.

The next few wickets were taken in quick succession seeing Kathleen Hamblin, Alan Wright and Hamish Ramsay all run out. A combination of good fielding and teamwork saw these three wickets fall.

 

Youngster, Orla Montgomery, batted well and showed her potential as a future Galloway Ladies star but was bowled by Ginger Ramsay.

Vicky Carson was unlucky to be caught and bowled by John Jennings leaving it up to old-timers, Keith Hamblin and Marcus Maxwell to see out the last overs, taking the score to 97 for 8 from 20 overs.

 

After an interval for burgers and beer Team Hamblin took the bat and attempted to chase the score.

 

Youngest player, Martha Campbell opened and got everyone excited about another future ladies team player until she was bowled by one of the oldest members of the club, Keith Hamblin.

Special guest John Jennings and Pony Ramsay put on an amazing partnership until John retired on 25 after some nifty running between the wickets.

Pony was unfortunately run out soon after and left youngsters Tegan Line and Gregor Hamblin to chase the score in the final overs. The pair did well running several 3s and Gregor Hamblin striking a number of superb boundaries. The pair narrowly missed out on a win by only 3 runs in a tense ending to a fantastic game of cricket.

 

Many thanks to Bob Davidson who kindly umpired the game and to our President, Dennis Coombs and patrons who came along to spectate and provide encouragement for both teams.

 

The club are always on the look-out for new players – any age or experience, male or female. If you are interested in joining Galloway Cricket Club please contact Fraser Conn: 07798 623 857 or Natalie Hamblin: 07872 909 010.

Thu

26

Jun

2014

Glasgow Accies v Carlton

A report of the match at Anniesland , written by Lily Cartwright, Captain of Carlton

The Carlton Women’s Selection committee dusted off their pens on Tuesday morning and sent an enquiring email asking if anyone actually wanted to play some cricket on Sunday. Unfortunately the first reply sent a shockwave through the committee. A clash with an U17 away fixture! Our star U17 players and their coaches had to be added to the unavailable list. After getting over the shock the committee remembered that we actually have a full squad of other wonderful players and whilst the U17’s and their star coaches would be missed, it would allow others to take the limelight for once! A team filled with other star players (well, 10 of them) was assembled and started the long trek to Glasgow… after a slight delay waiting for everyone’s alarm clocks to go off.

 

The Star X started off the day with a tour of Glasgow’s cricket grounds before finally settling on Glasgow Accies’ School Ground. Our esteemed captain survived her trip around Glasgow’s motorway system and went out to the middle to try and lose the toss, in keeping with tradition. However she didn’t manage this and accidentally won it. Trusting in Carlton’s batting prowess, Helen put Glasgow Accies in to bowl and then remembered that she actually had to come up with a batting order.

 

Blair and Willis went in to bat and faced off the first few overs against the Accies’ opening bowlers, bringing out the forward defensive and running the odd single. They then changed tack and spent the next 18 overs hitting boundaries. Ruth was the first to make 50, hitting it off 30 balls. Helen followed suit, taking 38 balls to make her half-century. Ruth then accelerated further, playing a range of beautiful shots, cutting and pulling to the boundary. With the runs piling up, Carlton’s resident statistician suddenly woke up and realised that firstly Ruth was about to hit the first ever Carlton Women’s century and secondly the pair had already broken all the partnership records. Ruth pulled the ball back of square and her run total ticked over to 103. The Carlton team erupted. An absolute fantastic achievement! The Blair-Willis first wicket partnership was at 208, helped by the odd extra from Glasgow, when Helen hit the ball a tad early and the bowler managed to cling on to it. Helen departed for 60 and Jenny Scully, returning to Carlton after a short break, joined Ruth at the crease to smash a few more runs off the last few overs. Scully finished 13 not out off only 6 balls. Ruth was undoubtedly the star of the innings, with 128 not out, smashing the last ball for 6 and smashing Carlton Women’s top score record of 79. Carlton ended their innings 252-1 off the 20 overs (a nice healthy run rate of 12.6 an over!).

 

After a quick tea break, Carlton took to the field. New Carlton recruit Zara Shad opened the bowling, bowling a good line and length and was duly rewarded in her second over, clean bowling one of Glasgow’s openers. At the other end, Louie Gardiner was bowling some offies,trying to tempt the batters into having a swing. Which they did. And missed. Another clean bowled. Zara took another in her third over and Glasgow Accies were 3 down by the 5th over. Fatima Shah, another new Carlton player, with one or two well-known Carlton brothers, took over in partnership with Christina Evans. Glasgow kept the score slowly ticking over with some aggressive running. Christina put a stop to that, striking twice in an over with both batters caught by Scully at midwicket. The first was a good catch but the second was brilliantly held. Another worthy signing from Edinburgh University Cricket Club! The strong relationship between EUCC and Carlton is paying dividends for the squad, now with one current and two former EUCC captains, an ex-president and a number of other players all performing for Carlton.

 

Lily Cartwright then came on to attempt some leg breaks in partnership with Eilidh Nicolson. The Glasgow tail was tempted into hitting one of them but mistimed it and hit it straight to the captain at midwicket. One more wicket needed, Glasgow only on 50 with 15 overs gone. The Glasgow captain was at the wicket and played an interesting innovative backward shot to Cartwright’s slower ball which went up in the air and looked like it was going to land a couple of metres away in no-man’s land. The bowler started to turn away, walking back to her fielding position, when, out of nowhere, fielder-extraordinaire Jenny Scully raced forward from square leg, arm outstretched and dived. The ball came down slowly, Scully’s hand stretching forward, and stuck. Out caught. Match over. Carlton win by 195 runs. 2014 100% winning record maintained! Some absolutely fantastic performances from the Star X and great momentum to be carried forward to our next league match against Dumfries.