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
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!
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”
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"
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".
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.”
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.
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.
Dumfries played two matches on Sunday (22nd June) thanks to the help of their hosts Galloway.
Their first match in the morning was a Scottish Cup game against Ayr which resulted in a close finish.
Dumfries were put in to bat and lost a wicket caught in the first over from Merli. Thereafter the Dumfries innings was dictated by the efforts of opener Kirsty Strachan. She shared a productive partnership with Ally McCubbin and they took the score up to 70 in the fourteenth over when McCubbin was bowled for 20.
Pip Benson supported Strachan up until the second last over as the pair took the score past the hundred when she became Merli’s second wicket. The Parkdale Garage Dumfries Player of the Match, Strachan, finished on 74 not out and the Dumfries batting did well to avoid the threat from four overs from Scotland all-rounder Samantha Haggo.
Rosy Ryan took the first Ayr wicket, bowled, in the first over but Haggo rapidly reached twenty until Ryan took a screamer at cover off the bowling of Sue Strachan to dismiss her. However Merli was batting well at the other end in a match-winning effort.
Naomi Cowan bowled well and Kirsty Strachan returned to the attack to take two wickets caught and Sue Strachan claimed an lbw. However it came down to the last over with Merli still batting and the winnings runs were struck with just two balls left.
It was a National League match against Galloway in the second match.
Again Dumfries batted first but this time lost Kirsty Strachan caught off the first ball from Fiona Ramsey. This time it was Sue Strachan batting at three that dictated the course of the innings. She shared partnerships with Ryan, McCubbin, who scored another 20, Benson and then Cowan who was not out. Sue Strachan was the Parkdale Garage Player of this Match for her 49 not out and Dumfries finished on 104 for 4 in the twenty overs.
The Dumfries bowlers then successfully managed to defend that total with the help of a good performance from keeper McCubbin behind the stumps and in the field from Pip Benson and Sally Hammond. Kirsty Strachan and Rosy Ryan shared wickets and Sue McBride appealed for and got an lbw as Galloway successfully batted the twenty overs but finished short of the required target.
It was a successful day for the three teams thanks to the effort of the Galloway players to support the two games.
Womens’ Cricket at Nunholm: New players, including beginners, are very much welcomed at Nunholm and for more information about trying some womens’ and girls’ cricket as a new sport contact the club on email@example.com or 07799 856094.
Womens’ Scottish Cup
Parkdale Dumfries lost to Ayr. At Galloway.
Parkdale Dumfries 118 for 3 (20 overs)
K Strachan 74no, A McCubbin 22; G Merli 2/14
Ayr 119 for 5 (19.4 overs)
G Merli 52no, S Haggo 20;
R Ryan 1/23, K Strachan 2/15, S Strachan 2/33
Parkdale Garage Dumfries Player of the Match: K Strachan
Womens’ National League
Parkdale Dumfries beat Galloway. At Galloway.
Parkdale Dumfries 104/4 (20 overs)
S Strachan 49no, A McCubbin 20, R Ryan 10
Galloway successfully batted out the 20 overs.
Parkdale Garage Dumfries Player of the Match: S Strachan
Match report from the 2nd U17s game against Cumbria at Penrith - by Lily Steindl
The girls woke up on the high of yesterday’s win and were determined to get the same result. The weather at the ground was slightly more Scottish, overcast and a wee bit grey, as Kathryn Bryce won the toss and decided the team would bat first. Nerves were high as opening batters, Kirstie Gordon and Sarah Bryce approached the wicket. Unfortunately on the back of her positive score of 23 in the last game, Sarah was caught early on in the innings. It was now the turn of the captain to step into the crease and work with her vice-captain to put the scores on the board. Luckily the pair didn’t disappoint. Both batters were relaxed in the crease and the partnership of KG and KB excelled. Both Kathryn and Kirstie reached half centuries with style and even by including a few slip drives, - and as everyone knows, we do love a good slip drive! KG was caught trying to hit over the top, a sad departure on 53 but she had good intent on that shot. Later in the innings Lucy Bennett came in at number 8, showing a solid technique and rocketing to 14 not out. The team finished on a strong 177 all out, a higher score than they finished on yesterday.
After tea it was time for the bowlers to step up and take the necessary wickets. Opening bowlers, Lily Steindl and Lisa Thomson didn’t disappoint each taking a wicket in their first over starting the innings on a high for the team. Wickets continued to fall until batters 5 and 6 built up a near impossible to break partnership of 90. This period was a really tough one for all the girls to overcome but the spirit of the Wildcats u17s never failed as the girls continued to fight and Bryce got the breakthrough wicket that broke the partnership. Spirits raised even more when Gordon got the other half of the partnership out. A great period of 4 overs got the team 3 wickets for no runs. Finally it was down to the last two batters. Each bowler was hungry for that last wicket, but these batters were hard to budge. Captain Bryce changed the bowling attack quite a few times until Steindl was brought back on. Tensions were highest at this point, Steindl bowled, the batter chipping it to point to where Ellen Watson took a blinder of a catch to finish the game. The team was ecstatic, including coaches Ollie Rae and Katie McGill. All of the bowlers did an amazing job, with Steindl and Gordon both taking 3 wickets and Bryce and Thomson finishing on two wickets.
K Bryce was voted champion for the match because of her amazing 60 runs and her excellent captaincy skills throughout both games. She was also voted fielder of the game as she constantly puts her body in front of the ball and did whatever she needed to do to stop it. Her effort is always 100% and deserved recognition.
An over the moon Ollie said "The girls really had to fight hard to win today, overcoming a tough 5th wicket partnership from Cumbria. This showed real grit and determination and made for one of the best comebacks I’ve ever seen. The knowledge that we can overcome and fight back like this will really set the girls up for the remainder of their games."
The U17s start the 2014 season with a 64 run win over Cumbria - Report from Kirstie Gordon
It was a hot sunny day in Cumbria and K. Bryce lost the toss, putting the Wildcats u17s into bat on a firm looking wicket. Gordon and Bryce started strongly, looking to punish bad balls and take singles at every opportunity. S Bryce was eventually run-out for a well made 23 and a crucial contribution to the partnership of 81 with Gordon.
K Bryce was next in and continued in the same fashion as her sister, quickly finding scoring opportunities. Gordon was eventually bowled by Cowper for a well paced 53. Bryce batted with good intent until she was bowled for 27. Unfortunately, the remaining batsmen struggled to trouble the scoreboard, facing some teasing Leg Spin, and the team finally finished on 138 after 27 overs.
Steindl and Thomson opened the bowling and started well, bowling consistent line and length. It was in the 6th over, that Thomson made the breakthrough, bowling Curwen for 3. Soon after, the wickets continued to fall with Steindl, K Bryce and Gordon the pick of the bowlers taking 3 wickets each. The 10th wicket partnership was the strongest of the Cumbria attack and took a disciplined display from our bowlers to finally finish the game, with Cumbria onn 74 runs. Captain Bryce varied the bowlers well and set an attacking pressurised field.
Zoe Young was voted by the players to be the fielder of the game for her constant awareness and excellent backing up. Kirstie Gordon was voted ‘champion’ of the match, by the players and the coaching staff, for her solid performance with both the bat and the ball but also her energy in the field and support to younger players.
After the match an ecstatic coach, Ollie Rae said “I’m really pleased and proud of how the girls performed today. They all went out and played with intent. We had 6 girls receiving their first caps and everybody worked together as a team. We have discussed how to perform even better and we are keen to go out and build on today’s performance.”
The U17s leave on Sunday 22nd for Cumbria and Derbyshire, playing 2 games at each location.
The Travelling Squad for the tour is:
Kathryn Bryce (C)
Sarah Bryce (WK)
Kirstie Gordon (VC)
Preview of the Wildcats tour to Oxford
Oxfordshire are the next opponents for the Wildcats on Sunday 29th June with Bicester CC hosting the game. The Wildcats go into the game off the back of a good win away at Hertfordshire earlier in the month. The squad has seen a few changes with Abbi Aitken unavailable due to Baton Bearing duties and Samantha Haggo unavailable due to graduation celebrations.
The squad do see a welcome return from injury by Rachel Scholes who had shoulder surgery earlier in the year. Coach Kari Anderson is looking forward to the game on Sunday “it gives the girls another opportunity to show case their skills. So far the season has seen some good performances, we are still looking for a greater level of consistency from individuals but we are winning games of cricket. Obviously we are missing Abbi and Sam for this fixture but it also gives someone else an opportunity to show what they can do, it’s also nice to welcome Rachel back into the squad”.
Excellent pictures of the Senior Schools Cup, won by George Watsons College, takne by David Potter. View the Gallery HERE
On Sunday, at Nunholm, Dumfries Women won their friendly against Galloway Ladies in a well-contested game.
Galloway batted first and had a productive start thanks to the Ramsay opening pairing. However the introduction of Kirsty Strachan into the attack brought about the first wicket when she bowled Fiona Ramsay with the score at 27. Ginger Ramsey continued to hit boundaries square of the wicket but she was also bowled by Strachan for the top score of 20.
With the bowlers now into their stride run scoring became more difficult as bowlers, Sue’s McBride and Strachan found their line and then Kirsty Strachan brought about the next wicket with a direct hit for a run out.
Kathleen Hamblin and Tegan Line batted steadily to take the score past sixty but Pip Benson claimed a stumping in her first over to remove Hamblin and then a sharp caught and bowled by her removed an unlucky Line the next.
Benson and Naomi Cowan bowled out the final overs of the twenty and Cowan succeeding in bowling Clark with Natalie Hamblin remaining not out as Galloway finished on 79 for 6.
In turn Dumfries lost a wicket, bowled by Natalie Hamblin, in the second over and when Fiona Ramsay bowled another with the score on 24 some rebuilding was required. Ally McCubbin provided that by batting well and Pip Benson provided the necessary support.
McCubbin was another victim of Natalie Hamblin bowling straight when she was bowled for 18. However first Benson was partnered by Sue McBride and then she and Cowan added a further twenty to get within range of the target.
A rush of boundaries from Kirsty Strachan then settled the result with the total reached with overs to spare and with Benson not out after a valuable innings.
It proved a good game for both sides and provided an opportunity for some further match and playing experience. Ally McCubbin was the Parkdale Garage Dumfries Player of the Match for her innings which put Dumfries in a position to win.
Match Scoreboard: Womens’ Friendly. At Nunholm.
Dumfries Women beat Galloway by 5 wickets
Galloway Ladies 79/6 (20 overs)
G Ramsay 20; K Strachan 2 for 3, P Benson 2 for 13
Dumfries Women 80/5 (12.5 overs)
A McCubbin 18, P Benson 10 no; N Hamblin 2 for 6, F Ramsay 2 for 32
Parkdale Garage Dumfries Player of the Match: A McCubbin
Another first for Scottish Women's cricket as Sam Haggo plays in the Semi-Final of the Rowan Cup, the oldest T20 competition in the world.
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The first Wildcat to be featured is Sam Haggo, who kindly took time from training and finishing her degree to answer some in depth questions for us! Read the article HERE
The Wildcats are back in action this weekend against Hertfordshire at Tring Cricket Club.
The squad will be looking to build on their decent start to the season against a Hertfordshire side that is just behind them in Division 3. Last time out the Wildcats had successes against Derbyshire and Leicestershire that saw them leap to the top of the table. There aren't too many changes to the squad, Rachel Scholes continues her rehabilitation from shoulder surgery but full fitness isn't far away. Annette Drummond comes back into squad after missing the double header through work commitments.
Coach Kari Anderson is looking forward to the challenge "games in the past against Hertfordshire have been tricky so we will make sure we go into the game fully focused on the job in hand. The squad are shaping up nicely and we have seen some good performances from individuals and others will be looking to put in a notable performance. We keep saying we want genuine competition for places and I think we now have it. Girls know what is expected of them and so far performances have been good, but we want to be consistent over a long period of time not just a few games. Credit to girls in the squad who are working hard back in their clubs, our recent regional game showed how much work some players are putting in and it's great to see".
Report from the 2nd Loretto Girls Kwik Cricket festival
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Report of an extremely close fought match - by Becky Farnish
Conditions were perfect for the match, with the sun shining and no recent rainfall. Stirling County opened the batting, but Caitlin Ormiston of St Boswells soon got the first wicket of the match, putting McCann out of play on her third ball. The game continued with St Boswells putting up a very strong side with their bowling, making it difficult for Stirling to get many runs, although when they had a chance to run they took it, resulting in a respectable 65 runs at the end of their batting, having achieved a few 4s and lots of singles. St Boswells managed to take 9 wickets, Ormiston fielding excellently and running out both Murray and Mitchell of Stirling. Caris Scott, Maili Gardiner, Rebecca Waldie and Heather Woodcock acheived 1 wicket apiece, and Becky Farnish bowled 2 people out. They also managed to bowl 3 maiden overs, the newest member Helen Bradd bowling one of these, despite having only joined the team two days before.
However, Stirling County had an excellent fielding side put together, and made it very tough for any runs to be scored against them. Murray of Stirling County bowled incredibly well, St Boswells only managing to get 6 runs against her in 4 overs and McCann taking two wickets in two overs. As the match reached its end the scores were scarily close, St Boswells only needing 8 runs in the last two overs to win, thanks to a great score of 31 runs from Rebecca Waldie and mature batting from young Charis Scott. Tensions were high as scores tied on the 19th over. St Boswells did not manage to get the essential last run, and the match came to its conclusion with both teams having fought their way to 65 runs, St Boswells Ladies only winning the match by losing fewer wickets. An excellent performance for both teams but a small triumph for the girls at St Boswells.
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Following the recent launch of the SWCA, Nuffield Health, the UK’s largest healthcare charity, has agreed to provide fitness and training facilities for the Scottish women’s cricket squad.
As Scottish women’s cricket goes from strength to strength, this partnership will allow access to Nuffield Health’s five fitness and wellbeing centres, as well as its specialist health and nutrition staff. This deal represents the first in an anticipated range of sponsorships and support that will become available to female players since the SWCA created a new focus for the sport.
Women’s Scottish Cricket Team captain, Abbi Aitken said: “The partnership with Nuffield Health will undoubtedly help improve the fitness of the squad giving players access to top quality fitness centres across the country. It’s great to see that our positive results and hard work are being recognised by companies like Nuffield, supporting women’s cricket in Scotland”
Annette Drummond of the Scottish Women’s Cricket Association said: “The SWCA welcomes the support Nuffield Health is giving to our national squad. As Scotland’s fastest growing sport, women’s cricket needs access to the best facilities to ensure we can maintain that track record of success. This deal represents the first in a series of new opportunities we hope the SWCA will create in the future.”
Tim Hyatt, general manager at Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing Centre Edinburgh, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the women’s Scottish cricket team in its pursuit and maintenance of optimum fitness and health. We have supported the men’s team over the last 18 months and we are pleased to extend this to the women’s team. We believe that obtaining the best success on and off the pitch is reliant on more than just training. Our team of experts, including physiotherapists and nutritionists aim to support the team throughout the next twelve months to ensure all-round wellbeing. We’re all excited about the partnership and look forward to continuing to build our relationship over the coming months.”
The SWCA has brought together people from sport, business and politics to increase the focus on women’s cricket in Scotland. With Liz Smith MSP as its President, the organisation will increase funding, develop new training and find opportunities to increase the opportunities for girls and women to play cricket across the country. Its work supports and builds on the valuable work of women’s cricket manager, Kari Carswell.
Nuffield Health is the largest healthcare charity in the UK, providing health services for over 50 years. It is independent of Government, has no shareholders and reinvests its surplus to improve its facilities or provide public health education. It provides access to 15,000 health experts through 30 hospitals, 65 fitness & wellbeing centres, 200 corporate facilities and 20 medical clinics to help people get healthy, and stay healthy. Nuffield Health is an award-winning not-for-profit organisation, having won Health Investor Social Enterprise of the Year in 2010 and Private Hospital Group of the Year in 2011.
Girls' cricket is expanding rapidly in the City of Edinburgh. A report on progress by Olivia Rae.
Girls cricket in the City of Edinburgh is going from strength to strength, with a targeted programme as part of the Cricket Scotland Summer Squad scheme. The Summer Squad initiative is managed by Cricket Development Officer Gordon Drummond, and it places coaches into Primary Schools to deliver a four week programme of taster cricket sessions, targeting both boys and girls. On the back of these sessions children are given the option to get more involved in cricket through club training sessions, school cluster sessions and after school sessions. Last year it was noted from the participation figures of club, cluster and after school sessions that there were very few girls opting to play cricket outside of the initial four taster sessions. A joint decision was made by key stakeholders in Edinburgh Cricket and Scottish women’s cricket that a more targeted girls’ programme was required to increase the number of girls participating in cricket outside of school.
Coordinated by myself, the programme has seen the creation of a primary school girls only after school club, set up at Clermiston Primary School in conjunction with Royal High Corstorphine Cricket Club. Stewarts Melville Royal High Cricket Club have also started their girls’ programme on the back of targeted publicity and taster sessions, with good success. Girls’ cricket continues for a second year in Cargilfield School, Fettes and Loretto. Carlton Cricket club have more than 20 girls attending their primary school soft ball training on a regular basis and the East Regional Development Squad has expanded by half and now plays host to 18 more girls keen to develop their hard ball skills. There are more programmes in the process of being organised with a buzz of interest from schools and clubs in the region.
A huge thank you must go out to those coaches supporting the delivery of the programme. Experienced coach Toby Hardwick, Wildcat Nadia Wheeler and Scotland u17 Girl’s players Caitlin Heathcote and Lily Steindl have been turning out on a weekly basis to support the sessions. University of Edinburgh student and Scotland Women Development Squad player Katie McGill has also been assisting with the delivery.
The hope is that further regions in Scotland can source the support and resources to run a similar programme on the back of the success in the East. Kari Carswell, Women’s cricket manager, believes the creation of strong regional centres for girl’s cricket will help to create a sustainable player pool for the future of Scottish Women’s cricket.
Cricket Scotland is running a girls Kwik Cricket Festival in Perth on 24th August.
The event, now in its 3rd year, encourages clubs, schools and individuals to come along and play lots of kwik cricket on the one day. Girls' cricket is growing steadily throughout Scotland and this festival offers girls the opportunity to put all their training into a game situation. The emphasis is very much on fun, enjoyment and learning throughout the day. Girls will also be invited to stay on and watch some of the National team players play a T20 regional game.
Women’s Cricket Manager Kari Carswell is excited about the day “there is a lot to be celebrated around the girls’ and women’s game at the moment and this day will provide a perfect opportunity to showcase the game from grass roots through to our National team players. Kwik cricket continues to be a top priority to grow the game and I’m hoping we see some faces from last year playing again, but lots of new ones too. Hopefully, the weather will be kind to us again and Doo’cot is such a great venue for this day”.
The Wildcats are having a successful season in the ECB 1 Day Cup - Lets get behind them!
A fixture between 2 clubs in Division 9 took place on 24th May - and 7 of the 22 players were women. Great news for Women's cricket - Let's hear more!
A wonderful day out in Stirling for RHC 4s, co-captained by Susan Gynn, resulted in a fine wine for Stirling and a huge win for women's cricket in Scotland.
5 of the RHC players and 2 of the Stirling players were women, and for many of them this is their first season of hardball cricket.
All were active participants in the game, with some fine bowling performances from Shelley and Morven of Stirling and Imogen, Zoe and Denise of RHC and some promising stands from the RHC bats, who are getting to grips with the move from indoor to outdoor.
Shelley McGhee - Stirling
Morven Ross - Stirling
Denise Hannestad - RHC
Imogen Gibbon - RHC
Gillian Macrosson - RHC
Zoe Johnstone - RHC
Susan Gynn - RHC (CoCapt)
It was a day both ESCA and the clubs should be proud of and we hope to see more and more women playing in the Divisions over the summer.
Please write in with performances and outings - there were around 15 playing on the 25th across Scotland (2 more in a Broomhall and RHC Division 7 encounter, and we suspect Kathryn White was leading the charge in St Boswell's that weekend!)
Lets celebrate each one until it becomes so normal it's no longer worthy of comment!!
In their first league game of the season, Stirling ladies chased down an impressive innings of 161 to defeat George Watsons College.
On a perfect evening for cricket, Stirling Captain Debbie Noble won the toss and elected to take to the field. George Watsons' openers, Bryce and Dick, kept the runs ticking over despite an impressively tidy bowling performance that produced only 5 extras in 20 overs. The Watsons batting performance was only briefly interrupted when Lois Wilkinson caught and bowled Catherine Dick for 53.
At the start of the Stirling innings the Watsons bowling attack took out Helen Murray for 2, bringing on Mhairi Dick who settled into a steady partnership with Sarah McCann, who was then bowled out having scored 14 runs off 7 balls. Mhairi was also bowled out having scored 19 runs. This brought on Lois Wilkinson, who formed a solid partnership with Lorna Jack and the two determinedly chased every run possible, each scoring 58 not out to defeat Watsons in the 19th over.