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. 
 To see Photos from the day, follow THIS link
 
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"

Thu

24

Jul

2014

Final Day of the T20 Mini-tournament

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Wed

23

Jul

2014

Wildcats ECB T20 Update

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



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

 

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

 

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

Mon

21

Jul

2014

Busy Week for the Wildcats

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

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

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

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

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

Sun

13

Jul

2014

Fi Urquhart top scores for Stoneywood-Dyce

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

After the game, Fi remarked 

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

A full report of the match can be found here: