Wed

25

Feb

2015

A Blog From Down-Under

A blog from Priyanaz, one of the Wildcats, who has been playing cricket in Australia this winter

On October 26th 2014 I booked a one way ticket to Perth, Australia, leaving a month from the day. A spontaneous trip to play some cricket, travel a little, and maybe even find myself if I was lucky.. 

 

With just one month to organise the trip, quit my job and do a tour of the country to see my friends before leaving, I didn’t really have the time to get excited, to have any doubts, or consider what actually lay ahead. 

 

Just a couple of days after my arrival I rocked up to Subiaco Floreat Cricket Club (some name!) for my first training session. The club has multiple men and women’s teams. A friendly bunch for sure. I made my first appearance for Subi the following Sunday: 2 back-to-back matches that were must-wins if we were to make it to the final of the T20 league. I had a pretty good debut and managed to take a fourfer, before taking a ball to the cheekbone in the warm-up for the next match. Swings and roundabouts. 2 strong team performances later (including a nice wee knock by no other than Charlotte Edwards) and we’d made it to the final at the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA). Pretty exciting stuff.  

 

Perhaps one of the greatest challenges I’ve found since being in Oz has been navigating the extremely sprawled layout of Perth. You can drive for 100km+ and still not get from one end to the other. With no car, I came to rely on the Perth public transport system and it would take me over an hour to get to training each Monday and Thursday. But with much time on my hands, this wasn’t a huge issue in the early days. 

 

However. After a day trip to Fremantle, a coastal suburb of Perth, I arrived back in the city centre around 7pm with the hope of catching my trusty no. 37 home. It is normally just a 20 minute journey but on that day I had unwittingly stumbled upon the Christmas Parade and so the streets were mobbed and the buses cancelled. Excellent. After walking to and from the bus station, I was eventually advised to catch the train to Burswood, and then the bus home from there. An hour later, I disembarked with several others onto the platform. It was now around 8pm and pitch black. I followed the crowd out of the station and I saw them all piling onto a shuttle bus. A little hesitant, I asked the woman next to me where it was headed. ’To the bus stop!’ she replied. I jumped on. The shuttle bus meandered and turned and eventually pulled up alongside a building. Everyone got off, so I followed suit. A little confused, I traipsed behind the crowd who all flocked into a building that, worryingly, looked nothing like a bus stop. I looked around at my surroundings and slowly came to the conclusion that I had in fact ended up in a casino. Yes, a casino.  

 

An amicable enough bouncer pointed me in the direction of a bus stop.  I had a 20 minute wait till the next bus. It was a pleasant time. My phone had stopped working and the people I was staying with were away for the weekend. The darkness, the lack of working technology, the slight fear that I didn’t actually know where I was: if this wasn’t finding myself, what is!? The bus arrived and I explained to the driver that I was new to Perth and asked that he give me a shout at my stop. He nodded enthusiastically. Fifteen minutes later the bus pulled over most abruptly. He called out to inform me that he had forgotten to tell me and that we had driven well past my stop. I accepted his apologies politely before stepping off the bus and yelling some expletives. I considered booking my flight back to Scotland but of course I first needed to find my way home.. Needless to say I made it eventually, but by this point I had sworn never to leave the house again. Perth-1, Priyanaz-0. 

 

I would love to say that this was my only transport disaster but a few weeks later, after acquiring a car on loan, what should have been a 20 minute drive to cricket training took me almost 2 hours. In retrospect, no SATNAV and no map was perhaps an error. Due to these and other similar events, the gals at Subi think very highly of my intelligence levels. 

 

The morning of our final at the WACA, my team mate picked me up for fear that I might otherwise get lost and miss our match. We bowled first and our opposition, South Perth, ended their innings on 134/6. A very tense second innings followed and it took us till the 5th ball of the 20th over for our captain to hit the winning runs. We headed back to our club to celebrate. Much dancing to Taylor Swift and co ensued. 

 

We’re now midway through the second half of the season and need to win the remainder of our 50 over matches in order to have a chance of making it to the final. We currently have 2 weeks off before our last few Sunday matches resume. I can’t believe how close the end of the season is, but it really has been amazing playing amongst such high quality women’s cricket on a weekly basis. There are a number of state players at Subi and they run our bi-weekly training sessions. Playing alongside them and others at the club has been a lot of fun and has certainly helped my development as a player. Furthermore I have undertaken my Level 1 coaching qualification and have had instruction from numerous WA Warriors players. Again, this has been an amazing opportunity and I have learnt a lot. 

 

It is of course summer over here and I have to say that I have been thoroughly enjoying the weather. It’s around 30 degrees most days but a month or so ago we had a training session on a day that hit 40! That was less enjoyable. I spent Australia Day at a pool party, putting some shrimps on the barby (honestly) and watching a seriously impressive fireworks display.  Although I miss the people back home and maybe even the rain, I can’t say I’m missing the cold of a Scottish winter. On that note, I’m off to the beach.  

Tue

10

Feb

2015

Kwik Cricket Festivals 2015 announced!

Cricket Scotland are organising kwik cricket festivals again for schools and clubs.  Make sure you add the dates to your diary and register your interest today!

 

Girls kwik cricket festival dates for 2015 are out!  We don’t just have one festival this year, we have 2!  Make sure your club or school don’t miss out on the opportunity to participate.  All girls that are aged 12 or under are welcome to come along to the festivals.  Teams should be made up of 8 players, but schools and clubs are encouraged to bring as many players as they like. Girls don’t worry if your club or school haven’t got 8 girls to make up a team you can still come along and join in the fun. There will be plenty of ‘Wildcats’ on hand to help out and share their secret tips for success! To register a team or individuals for the festivals please contact Kari at karicarswell@cricketscotland.com or by calling 07891 408 915

 

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Tue

10

Feb

2015

Moray Update

Cricket for the Moray Cricket Association club juniors and also local schools has definitely not gone to sleep over the winter. Far from it in fact! 

While junior winter programmes at Buckie, Elgin, Fochabers and Forres St Lawrence cricket clubs all got under way at the beginning of the New Year those juniors involved in Moray Area squads, namely U-15 girls, U-15s and U-13s, have all been training since November under the eagle eye of experienced coaches Neil Nichol (Girls & U-13s) and Gus Farr (U-15s).

 

As part of this programme a new indoor league schedule has been put together for Moray’s junior club and secondary school cricketers and incorporating the Caledonian (North) region’s Under-15s Inter Area Indoor Championship.

 

This inaugural Moray programme was launched on 8 February at the Forres House Community Centre with the very first Moray Girls Indoor League. 5 teams drawn from the Moray Girls Winter training squad and clubs from Elgin, Fochabers, Forres and Huntly took part in the first of two round robin events; the format is 6-a-side pairs with each player bowling and batting using a soft-cricket ball.

 

Most of the girls are already familiar with the pairs concept as they have experienced this playing 8-a-side during their Primary School festivals and inter-club games but, of course, playing cricket indoors offers various challenges (& targets!) in a modified form of pairs cricket. Conventional pairs runs scoring (i.e. 200 runs start and minus 5 runs for wickets lost) is adapted to include bonuses for striking walls either on the full or the bounce with batters encouraged to keep the ball down as there are also more ways of being caught out (off either of the three walls) or by hitting the roof. There are no extra balls for the errant bowling resulting in wides and no-ball but the batting team gains extra runs.

 

It is a fast and can be quite a furious-paced game as the girls get used to the pace of the ball coming off the walls and angles too! Nevertheless, it provides the players with the game-time opportunities that a whole amount of winter skills honing and training won’t give them. Despite the newness of the format the girls took to it with gusto and, Iain McDonald, Chair of Moray Cricket Association, observed that ‘there was a lot of good cricket played today and there wasn’t a single bad game at all!’

 

As befitting the venue Forres were first up against local rivals Elgin A (there were two teams from Elgin) to become pioneers of women’s cricket in Moray! Elgin A ran out winners in this first encounter with the ‘B’ team also winning against a fairly strong Fochabers team led by Scotland U-15 development player Morven Pride. The games against these teams were the most keenly contested with Elgin A dominating their local rivals having, seemingly, grasped the intricacies of the format and playing indoors quicker than most; Captain Iona Thomson is one to look out for!

 

The arrival of Huntly’s girls and their three Scotland U-15 development players (Lorna Grant, Laura and Isobel Couttie) into the tournament certainly upped the anti! Despite their young years these are already an experienced and promising group of cricketers. Undoubtedly favourites for the tournament they did not disappoint in this first round, with crushing victories against Fochabers and Forres they proved what they could do and, but for the game against Elgin A which went down to the ultimate ball of the game to win by just 4 runs, they may have swept all before them.

 

So the table after the first round:

Team

Pld

W

L

Runs

For

Wickets

taken

Runs

against

Wickets

lost

Points

1

Huntly

4

4

0

1009

18

846

6

16

2

Elgin A

4

3

1

967

10

885

8

13

3

Forres

4

2

2

937

9

987

12

10

4

Elgin B

4

1

3

953

8

999

14

7

5

Fochabers

4

0

4

881

8

1030

18

4

Points – Win = 4, Tie = 2, Attending =1

 

The girls reconvene for Round two on 8 March, also in Forres.

 

The remaining inaugural indoor programme in Moray is:

Month & Date

Approx Time

Event

Feb

15

10am – 5pm

Moray U-12s League (First Round)

Mar

8

10am – 7pm

Moray U-16 Girls Round 2

15

noon – 6pm

Moray U-15s Festival

22

10am – 5pm

Moray U-12s League (Second Round)

29

10am - 7pm

Moray P7-S1 Schools Festival

Apr

5

10am – 5pm

Moray U-12s League (Third Round)

12

10am – 7pm

Caledonia North U-15s Tournament

 

Mon

19

Jan

2015

Ollie Rae In New Zealand

I'm just over the half way point of my first ever overseas season, gaining a different perspective of the game I love and enjoy playing. It's been hugely beneficial for me to both coach and play and I have been fortunate enough to experience the game from grassroots through to Representative level.

 


I am based in Christchurch as Head Coach for Sydenham Cricket Club Premier Women's team, playing in the team alongside my Scottish teammate Samantha Haggo. I have also been fortunate to get some coaching work with the junior teams, giving me a wide variety of learning experiences. On top of that, I've been able to travel to see some of the most beautiful parts of New Zealand, (and arguably the world!!!) staying over night ion a boat on Milford Sound, hiking part of the famous Routeburn Track and taking a helicopter ride over the Fox Glacier- to name but a few!!! Anybody travelling out here for the World Cup, you're in for a treat!

 

Sydenham is a fantastic player orientated club that is managed and run by a huge number of committed volunteers. I have to say, the club have welcomed and looked after us Scottish imports impeccably. Andrew McKenzie, who manages women's cricket at the club, has been a brilliant support- even putting Sammy and I up for a bit in his family home and is always at hand to give us some extra throw downs! Also, the president, Graham Harris, has been hugely supportive of Sammy and I on our first venture out here- even providing us with a car! All of this has contributed to us being made to feel extremely supported by the club and has really helped me feel at home. I can't thank the club enough for this.

 

At this point I feel it's relevant to say to young up and coming players in Scotland, whether you are part of the Wildcats or the u17's, or even if you're just starting up, if you enjoy cricket, it is really worthwhile working hard at your game because there are so many benefits of playing female cricket at a high level. Cheesy as it is, it's been my dream to travel with my cricket and I'm motivated more than ever to be the best player and coach I can be for Scotland, to receive more opportunities like this, and inspire others to do so.

 

Through my involvement with the junior club at Sydenham, I was amazed by the number of girls playing at all ages ( and coming through the ranks in Canterbury district). A lot of credit has to go to Emma Scarf, who captains the women's team and leads the junior coaching at the club, as well as Libby the junior convenor. They are both part of a number of club representatives that are setting an excellent foundation for long term player development at the club. The junior committee work hard to coordinate the 30 junior teams and are supported by a huge number of volunteers. (And I thought Carlton had a lot of teams!) It has shown me what is possible and what can be done on a large scale with a committed group of volunteers who are managed well.

 

Thanks to my involvement with junior cricket I have learned how junior teams are managed, about differing player pathways for boys and girls as well as the challenges with junior club cricket too. All of which I feel I can use positively during the rest of my time here and when I return to Scotland.

 

In terms of Premier women's cricket at the club, the fist half of the season has been and gone now- and I have learned so much from both a playing and a coaching perspective. Working with a developing club with the enthusiasm and support that Sydenham provides has been a great platform for me to be part of change and progression. It's been a privilege to work with both the management and the players in what has been so far a very successful season for the club, which is only in its second season in the women's premier competition. The players are willing and eager to learn which makes for very productive sessions.

 

Achievement wise, we have won a game for the first time!!!! And although only one game may sound a relatively small achievement, I have on many occasions been informed that Sydenham were a team that opposition turned up to and really wanted to bowl first for a guaranteed early finish... A bit of friendly banter, but now we are taken more seriously as an opponent and teams are fully prepared for us to bat our 50 overs. As a coach, this has been one of my main batting aims for the team- to bat our overs. The young, developing cricketers have gained confidence from occupying the crease and are gradually developing the confidence to play an increasing number of scoring shots. Time at the crease is the most valuable thing you can give yourself as a batter (you can't score runs if you're not there!) and thankfully the fifty over format is good for this.

 

Regional cricket in Canterbury is particularly strong and I have been impressed with both the support from Canterbury cricket and the professionalism of the set up. It was a privilege to train with the Canterbury Magicians, a squad containing such a high calibre of players including many current white ferns; and no doubt many who will be a big part of the future of women's cricket in New Zealand. Getting my cap was a proud moment and one which I had to work hard for for many reasons;

 

Performing in domestic cricket is one element that is key to selection for Canterbury and I was fortunate to start scoring runs and picking up wickets early on. I scored 79 against LPW and 104 against East Shirley, and I picked up 3 wickets against OBC. However, I am learning that scoring runs is something that really needs to be maintained when competition is as strong as it is here. Unfortunately for the following games I had starts but I didn't make it past fifty again and I was not performing well enough. Knowing that a few big performances on their own are not enough, the key for me now is to find ways to keep form.

 

I suffered an injury after the last game of the first half of the club season- which marks the beginning of the regional competition. I tore my right pec bowling, which according to the physio was a very unusual injury for a female cricketer; well if you're going to get injured you might as well do something a bit different right?! I was determined to get myself fit enough to play and I worked very hard at my rehab with the fantastic support from the Canterbury physio. And so,coupled with a few injuries in the squad, I did get to make my debut for the Magicians! A very proud moment for me. Unfortunately the game came with the realisation that I am not fully fit, so it's been back to rehab and getting prepared for the second half of the club season.

 

The Magicians are in the final of the 50 over competition next weekend and I wish them all the best, especially to my fellow Scottish teammate Sammy Haggo who has been a consistent feature in the playing squad.

 

In club cricket, we play each club team one more time in the 50 over comp and one time each in T20s . With more games of cricket to play, Sydenham is looking to put in some big team performances and challenge for some more wins.  I'm looking forward to playing and coaching again after the summer break and putting into practice my learning from the first half of the season.

 

It is going to be an exciting time in Christchurch with it being a host city to the Cricket World Cup. Making it more exciting is the fact that fellow Wildcat Charlotte Bascombe is coming to visit. Will Christchurch cope with three Wildcats at once? I guess you'll have to wait for the next blog written by Charlotte to find out!

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Mon

17

Nov

2014

Scottish Women's Indoor Season Kicks off

The ladies indoor competition cycle got underway on Sunday.  Loretto HS, Edinburgh and Glasgow Club Holyrood were the venues for the competitions.  Ten teams in total, 6 in Edinburgh and 4 in Glasgow, took part in the first competitions and it was absolutely fantastic to see Watsonians CC and Castle Douglas HS play in their first ever competitions. 
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The tournament in Glasgow was played between Galloway CC, Castle Douglas HS, Glasgow Accies and Stirling County CC.  A round robin format allowed all teams to play 3 games each and play each other with the team with the most points at the end of the games declared the winner. 
 
Stirling County and Galloway got the tournament underway.  Stirling County set a competitive total of 72 and Galloway were always in the game right up until the last over but 2 wickets in 2 balls pegged them back and Stirling recorded the victory.  Castle Douglas HS played Glasgow Accis in their first ever game, and although Glasgow Accies won comfortably the lessons learnt by Castle Douglas HS would see them improve in every game and finish the tournament scoring their highest score of 61 in their final game against Stirling County.
 
Galloway recorded their first victory over the high school girls scoring an impressive 71 for the loss of no wickets in their allotted 5 overs.  The score proved to be too much for the high school girls to chase down.  Glasgow Accies chased down Galloway’s 44 inside 4.3 overs to set up a must win game against Stirling County.  The game was close and could have gone either way. Stirling batting first made 68 in their 5 overs and Glasgow Accies were always in the game but 2 wickets in 2 balls by Lorna Jack halted their run chase and gave Stirling the victory by 8 runs.  Stirling would go on to beat Castle Douglas High School by 15 runs to go through the tournament unbeaten.
 
Six teams participated in the East region and were split into two groups of three teams, playing round robin group matches and the winners of each group progressing to the final.
 
Watsonians topped Group A with assured victories against Edinburgh University and St Boswells.  Alice Baldwin and Fiona Rae stood out particularly for their all around performances.  The rising talents in Maili Gardner and Charis Scott shone brightly for the Borders side but couldn’t hold on against the university side, who hit the winning runs off the penultimate ball of the match.
 
Group B was a close run battle, with all teams claiming a win a piece.  George Watson College started strongly, bowling out a youthful Carlton side to win the opening match of the group.  The Southsiders soon made amends against St Andrew's University; a brutal innings of 42 from Ruth Willis was no match for the Saints as they mustered only 24 in reply.  GWC faltered in their run chase coming up 3 runs short against an impressive St Andrew's fielding display.  Despite all team on equal points, George Watson College progressed to the final due to fewer wickets lost and more boundaries hit.
 
In the final, Watsonians made early breakthroughs against GWC, removing Kathryn Bryce and Bethany Mackay in the first two overs.  Sally Jack & Sarah Bryce added 14 runs to the total in the third over but the latter was removed by Emma Brian’s first delivery with the score 26-3.  Brian and Alice Baldwin bowled good lines to only concede 10 runs in the final two overs and restricting the GWC innings to 36-3.
 
Watsonians got off to a flyer, amassing 21 runs in the first two overs.  Disciplined bowling from Sally Jack was rewarded with the wickets of Brian and Denise Hannestad to reignite GWC hopes but opener Fiona Rae and captain Alice Baldwin ran impressively to claim victory by 2 wickets with only four balls to spare, in what the club's first indoor competition.
 
As always the tournament was played in great spirit by all teams involved.  Particular thanks should go to Wildcats and Scottish internationalists Kari Carswell, Kathryn White and Nadia Wheeler for organising, umpiring and scoring and special thanks to David Potter for his collection of photographs from the day.
 
Kari Carswell Women’s Cricket Manager shared her thoughts “it’s been a busy day!  I’m obviously really pleased that the 2 tournaments happened, both were played in great spirit and saw lots of new players, some new teams and some fantastic skills on show.  I can’t put in to words how great it is to see so many women and girls playing cricket.  The outdoor season finished long ago and sometimes there is a tendency to want to go into hibernation for the winter but I really believe that playing throughout the winter encourages people to take up the sport, you are guaranteed training and games to be on.  It is vitally important that these tournaments happen, everyone enjoys them or at least it looks like they are enjoying it! Huge thanks to Kathryn, Lea and Nadia for making sure the tournament in Edinburgh ran so well and to David for his excellent photos!”
 

Tue

21

Oct

2014

Indoor Cricket Over the Winter

The outdoor season is well and truly over but for those ladies still wanting their cricket fix there is a schedule of indoor cricket tournament scheduled up until April.

The indoor game proves to be hugely popular with the National League teams, Universities and Schools and 4 tournaments across various venues and dates now confirmed. If your club, school or university wants to sign up for a tournament please email Kari Carswell karicarswell@cricketscotland.com before the deadline date.

 

Kari Carswell, Women’s Cricket Manager at Cricket Scotland is happy with the schedule “we’ve managed to add an additional tournament in on the 16th November and I’m still keen to try and find other venues on the other dates. Indoor cricket is hugely popular and tournaments at times have had too many teams, so getting an additional venue on the same day will give teams more games. Running two venues on the same day will be interesting but there is demand to run more than one venue on any given day. The camaraderie between the teams on the day is brilliant and I think that is what really makes these tournaments great. I’m looking forward to November already!”

Date

Venues

Times

Entry Deadline

16th November

Loretto School

Glasgow Club Holyrood

11am – 3pm

10am – 1pm  

9th November

15th February

Grangemouth Sports Complex

11am – 3pm

6th February

22nd March

Dollar Academy

11am – 3pm

14th March

19th April

MES Sports Centre, Edinburgh

10am – 4pm

11th April

 

Sat

11

Oct

2014

Watsonian Cricket Club launches new Women's Section.

Watsonian Cricket Club is delighted to announce the launch of its new Women's Section. 

The aims of the new section, which will be an integral part of the whole club, are to widen participation in cricket amongst women and, hopefully, to form a team to participate in the 2014/15 Scottish winter indoor competitions and in the 2015 Women's National League.

As part of its commitment to this initiative, WCC is providing initial expert coaching support for the women's section through Dewald Nel, who is in the process of completing his English Cricket Board Level 3 coaching qualification and is a Watsonian and Scotland player. Dewald has also had spells playing for Worcestershire and Kent. Other colleagues of Dewald's in his coaching company, 619 Coaching, will provide coaching support.

Regular training sessions will be held indoors through the winter (apart from Xmas and Easter breaks) on Friday evenings starting on 24 October 2014 at the Centre for Sport, George Watson's College, Colinton Road, Edinburgh, EH10 5EG from 19.00 to 20.30.

Women and girls of or above the age of 14 are very welcome to attend these sessions, both those who are new to cricket (even just as a "taster") and those who have had experience of the game

 

If you would like any more information please feel free to contact: -

Lea Tsui - lea5220@hotmail.co.uk / 07923 393886

Tony Brian - family.brian@blueyonder.co.uk

Mon

29

Sep

2014

Report from Women's Awards Night

The Cricket Scotland Women’s awards night took place on Saturday 27th September at Stirling County Cricket Club.

Cricket Scotland’s Women’s Cricket Manager Kari Carswell hosted the evening and started with a roundup of the many highlights from the domestic game. Congratulations to Carlton Ladies who won the National League and Scottish Cup.

 

Ollie Rae, Kathryn Bryce and Kirstie Gordon gave a comprehensive report on the U17 programme. The U17 girls played 14 fixture in the 2014 season, winning 6 fixtures:

U17 bowler of the year – Kirstie Gordon

U17 batter of the year – Kirstie Gordon

U17 fielder of the year – Sarah Bryce

U17 Players Player of the year – Kirstie Gordon

 

Gordon Allan delivered a concise speech on the development programme, highlighting the importance of keeping girls involved in cricket once they come out of the U17 programme but also encouraging those who play for clubs and universities who are talented and have shown an interest in playing for Scotland.

 

Senior awards

Bowler of the year – Kathryn White/Kari Anderson – 20 wickets each

Batter of the year – Kari Anderson – 351 runs

Fielder of the year – Charlotte Bascombe – 6 catches, 3 stumpings, 2 run outs

Most Improved player – Elizabeth Priddle

Players Player of the year – Kari Anderson

 

Kari Carswell looked back on the night “it was great to see so many people turning up to celebrate what has been a busy season for everyone involved in girls’ and women’s cricket in Scotland. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered and dedicated their time to making everything happen, 2014 has been really jammed pack with activity and 2015 could be even busier. It’s great there is so much going on at all levels and with the winter programme due to start shortly there isn’t a huge amounts of time to sit back, relax and reflect on what has happened this year!”

Sun

28

Sep

2014

Photographs from the Women's Awards Night

Some more of David Potter's wonderful photographs - Thank you for all the wonderful pictures you have provided for us this season David! Looking forward to 2015

Thu

25

Sep

2014

Coach Required for Scotland Women and U17s

The Scotland Senior Women’s and U17 girl’s squads have had a busy and successful 2014 and are seeking to add to their coaching staff.

 

We are looking for suitable candidates to fill various coaching vacancies within the women’s performance pathway.

 

Ideally candidates should hold a minimum UKCC 2 coaching certificate or equivalent and be working towards UKCC 3 (ECB performance course) in time. Coaching experience within a performance pathway is desirable but is not essential.

 

The coaching posts would at this time be on a voluntary basis, but reasonable out of pocket expenses will be covered.

 

To find out further details and the level of coaching commitment required for these positions, please contact Kari Carswell by calling 07891 408 915 or by emailing karicarswell@cricketscotland.com

 
 

 

 



Wed

24

Sep

2014

The New Scotland U17 Girls Squad for 2014-2015 meet for the first time

The 2014-2015 Scotland U17 Girls Squad gathered at the National Cricket Academy in Edinburgh for the first time on Sunday September 21st for a Team Day.

The aim of the day was to review the season, set targets and aims for the winter training programme and for the squad to meet each other ahead of training. The squad are looking to build on what was a positive season in 2014 which saw some fantastic team and individual performances. We will be celebrating our successes at the Annual Awards night this Saturday at Stirling County Cricket Club.

 

The 21 selected squad members for 2014-2015:

 

Kathryn Bryce (c) George Watsons

Kirstie Gordon (vc) Huntly

Lucy Bennett George Watsons

Eve Boulos Carlton

Sarah Bryce (WK) George Watsons

Mairi Conway Loretto

Lorna Couttie Huntly

Isobel Couttie Huntly

Cerys Evans Strathmore

Maili Gardiner St Boswells

Laura Grant Huntly

Caitlin Heathcote Royal High Corstorphine

Georgia Henderson George Watsons

Izzy Lamotte Loretto

Abtaha Maqsood Glasgow Accies

Lisa O’Neill Broomhall

Charis Scott St Boswells

Lisa Thomson Carlton

Ellen Watson Prestwick

Nina Whitaker George Watsons/Carlton

Zoe Young Prestwick

 

Wed

24

Sep

2014

Coach Education Information

Coach Education dates for 2014-15 have now been released and are available on the Cricket Scotland website. 


We will be running a number of the new Certificate Courses (equivalent of UKCC Level 2) throughout the winter and spring in a variety of locations around Scotland. These are fantastic new courses and the feedback we`ve had from the first round of delivery earlier in the year has been extremely positive. The courses are specific to the area you will be coaching in and the new pathway offers far more development opportunities for all coaches.
Also, note that we will be offering `Coach Education Update Workshops` over the winter. These are aimed at existing Level 2 coaches and anyone interested in finding out more about the new pathway, course content, and what is means for them as a coach. We currently have one workshop confirmed for Edinburgh and will inform you of more opportunities as they come up. To register on these workshops just contact your Regional Manager.
If you can please circulate this information around your club members/contact and point them towards the Cricket Scotland website –http://www.cricketscotland.com/participation-news/coach-education/ - for more information and how to book on, that would be appreciated.
If you have any further questions please contact your Regional Manager as they will be more than happy to assist you.

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"