2018: The Season so Far Part 3 - Women's Section
The women of Stirling County CC have enjoyed many successes so far this season, not only for club, but for region and country!
With the ongoing restructuring of the women’s game in Scotland, SCCC ladies once again formed the core of the Western Allsorts - a team comprised of players from across the country. In doing so, this has enabled eight Stirling players to showcase their skills in the Cricket Scotland Women's Premier League, where they faced off against the best female cricketers in the country.
The Allsorts’ campaign got off to an explosive start away at Royal High Corstorphine, which saw a mammoth 475 runs scored between both teams. Having been put into bat by the home side, captain Charlotte Dalton of SCCC carried her bat for an unbeaten 159* (scoring her maiden 50, 100 and 150 in one innings!) to guide the Allsorts to 237-5 from their 30 overs. In remarkable fashion, RHC chased down the required runs with 13 balls to spare to complete a 6 wicket victory, mainly thanks to a rapid 115 from 60 balls from opening bat Kitty Levenson. While the Allsorts were disappointed not to have been able to defend their score, the game was a fantastic advert for women’s cricket, setting social media alight with both team’s display of power hitting.
With Carlton conceding the subsequent fixture, the West side were next in action in Dumfries against the Edinburgh South-Stewart’s Melville side. Four SCCC players took to the pitch on this occasion with Catherine Berrill, Erin Leslie and Shelly McGhee appearing for the Allsorts, while Iona Lowry played for the team from the East, where she is also part of the Cricket Performance Academy. The East side’s combination of youth and experience, including former internationalist Kathryn White and Australian overseas player Hannah Short, proved too strong for the Allsorts, who lost by 37 runs. Lowry was the pick of SCCC bowlers on show, with figures of 4-0-9-1.
In what turned out to be the Allsorts’ final game of the competition (Watsonians conceded the final match), the young West side put on a strong performance to beat George Watson’s College at New Williamfield. Catherine Berrill, Iona Lowry, Caitlin Lowry, Kristy Reynolds, Shelly McGhee and Fiore Grant represented SCCC on their home ground, with the ‘County Dogs’ batters setting the tone. Wicket keeper Catherine Berrill hit 27 in the first wicket stand of 125 (Dumfries’s Orla Montgomery scored 84), along with 14 from Iona Lowry and 4 from Reynolds to help the Allsorts to 150 from their 30 overs. GWC battled hard in their innings, managing to take the game to the last over but were unable to get over the line, scoring 146-8 from their 30. Stirling’s Fiore Grant (2-0-17-0) and Iona Lowry (6-1-24-2) contributed with the ball. Club cricket will now take a break until August, when the Beyond Boundaries Women’s Scottish Cup gets underway.
Cricket Scotland Women's Premier League 2018 highlights:
- C Dalton: 3rd highest run scorer (159* from 1 innings), highest strike rate (159.00).
- I Lowry: most wickets taken (162 balls for 91 runs, 6 maidens, 8 wickets at an average of 11.37. Economy of 3.37. Best of 2-7.)
The success SCCC players experienced in the domestic league resulted in call ups to senior and age-group regional squads. Caitlin Lowry, Iona Lowry and Niamh Robertson-Jack represented the U16 Western Warriors, while Charlotte Dalton joined SCCC stalwarts Lorna Jack, Lois Wilkinson and Rachel Scholes in the Stormers women’s regional set up.
Success for the SCCC representatives at regional level was mirrored in the Wildcats ‘A’ squad, where all 4 Stirling seniors competed in the ECB Division 3 50 over competition, contributing across all disciplines and just narrowly missing out on promotion playoffs.
With the Women’s World T20 Global Qualifiers approaching, the focus of the senior players turned to securing their selection for the Wildcats national squad. Having worked hard throughout the year (including many hours in the gym at the instruction of Wildcats strength & conditioning coach Charlotte Dalton), Lorna Jack and Rachel Scholes were rewarded with places in the national team. Preparation for the Global Qualifiers came in the form of the ECB T20 Division 2 competition, which would serve as a tough challenge to the Wildcats, having been promoted from the Division 3 at the end of the 2017 season. Once again, all 4 senior SCCC players were involved in the domestic T20 campaign, including a first cap for Charlotte Dalton. Significant contributions from Jack, Scholes and Wilkinson with bat, ball and in the field helped steer the Wildcats to 7 wins from 8 games and were on course for promotion to Division 1. Agonisingly, promotion escaped the Scottish team as a surprise win for Wales against league leaders Hampshire saw both teams elevated to the top flight in place of Scotland. Nevertheless, a fantastic series of results were able to provide much-needed momentum going into the international fixtures.
With the Women’s World T20 Global Qualifiers now underway (July 7-14th 2018) in the Netherlands, everyone at SCCC sends their best wishes to the Wildcats who face off against Uganda, Ireland and Thailand in Group B. The top 2 teams from each group progress to the semi-finals and the resulting finalists will automatically qualify to the ICC Women’s World T20 competition held in the West Indies in November.
SCCC are always looking for new players, regardless of how much (or little!) experience you may have. Training takes place on Friday evenings from 6.30pm. We’re a fun and friendly group and cater for all ages and abilities.