ECB bounce back with a big win against Scotland

Wed, Aug 11, 2010 7:44 PM

The ECB Development XI bounced back from their heavy defeat against The Netherlands on Monday with a comprehensive victory over Scotland by 9 wickets.

Chasing a meagre target of 116, they cruised home in just under 20 overs as Kathryn Doherty and Fran Wilson put together a rapid, unbeaten, partnership of 114.

On winning the toss the ECB side had no hesitation in asking Scotland to bat in dull and cool conditions. They struck immediately as Scottish opener Lynne Dickson was run out before she had faced a single delivery. Another run out soon ensued when batting mainstay Kari Anderson failed to beat the throw from Izzy Westbury. The next nine overs produced just nine runs until Leigh Kasperek was caught off Alice Macleod to reduce Scotland to 28 for three.

The next partnership was to prove to be the most successful of the innings as Kathryn White joined Catherine Smail. In just 11 overs they put on 41 but when White fell lbw for 23 to become the first of three victims for Kathryn Doherty, the lower middle order was unable to maintain the momentum that the pair had developed. Wickets fell rapidly as Scotland ended up on just 115 in the 48th over. Apart from White, the only other Scottish player to reach double figures was Smail with 22 from 92 deliveries faced.

Doherty finished with three for 15 while Alice Macleod bowled her ten over quota, conceding just 19 runs.

The ECB innings began in identical fashion to the Scottish one as Alice Macleod was run out by Leigh Kasperek without having taken strike. But that was to be Scotland's only success as Kathryn Doherty and Fran Wilson took complete control. They soon set about the bowling, scoring freely to all parts. Wilson completed her second successive half century in 54 balls while Doherty was on 49 when the winning runs were hit. Between them they hit fourteen boundaries.

The ECB Development XI will meet Ireland tomorrow in a match which will decide the destination of the European Championship title, while Scotland will meet The Netherlands to detremine who takes the second World Cup Qualifying place.

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