Rae's knock helps Scotland clinch the ICC Women's European Qualifiers over the Netherlands
Wed, Jul 13, 2016 11:28 PM
Scotland surged to an eight-run win by DLS over the Netherlands to win the ICC Women's European Qualifiers at Garon Park with one fixture still to play.
The Scottish followed up Tuesday's 27-run D/L victory with a more narrow win that means that they will play in the ICC Women's World Cup Qualifiers in February.
Olivia Rae and Sarah Bryce's 122-run opening partnership put Scotland on their way to a total of 222-9 and a mid-innings collapse from the Netherlands in reply left them nine runs short of victory by DLS.
Scottish captain Abbi Aitken said, "I'm absolutely delighted. For a few years we've been on the receiving end of those matches, so to get over the line and 2-0 up in the series is what we wanted to do. So we've got one very happy changing room at the moment."
After the Dutch won the toss and decided to have a bowl, Bryce and Rae came in and started slowly but methodically, just as they had on Tuesday. But this time Rae was able to stick in as she and Bryce built up a solid base for the Scottish innings.
The pair began to raise the run rate slightly after the first several overs and Rae brought up the team fifty in the 18th with a neat four to the square leg boundary.
Rae continued to find boundaries and at the halfway stage of their innings Scotland were 92 without loss, with Rae on 47 and Bryce not far behind with 35.
In the 27th over, Rae brought up her half century with a quick single and then Bryce finished the over with a single to bring up the century partnership.
The 16-year-old Bryce got her first senior fifty shortly afterwards, smacking a boundary through midwicket. But then Heather Siegers got the breakthrough for the Netherlands as Bryce was caught behind by the wicketkeeper Babette De Leede and departed for 51, ending a 122-run opening stand.
Rae and new partner Kathryn Bryce kept the runs flowing with brilliant running between the wickets before Rae was finally bowled for 70 by Caroline Steenstra Toussaint, with the score 161-2 in the 39th over.
Wicket began to tumble, with Julia Van Der Werf's one-handed catch to dismiss Kirstie Gordon being the highlight of a late innings onslaught by the Dutch bowling attack.
But between wickets, Scotland kept the run rate ticking along and Lorna Jack's straight hit four off the final ball saw Scotland to a total of 222-9.
In reply, the Netherlands' openers Miranda Veringmeier and Babette De Leede put up seven in the first over and then the players came off briefly for rain.
They returned with the Netherlands now facing a revised total of 216 to win from 46 overs. Scotland pushed back the run rate over the next few overs and Samantha Haggo bowled De Leede for one run from 13 balls.
But Veringmeier, aided by new partner Cher van Slobbe and a consistent slew of wides from the Scottish bowlers, went on the attack and brought up the team fifty in the 12th over.
In the 19th over, Scotland brought on Gordon to bowl and she proved to be the catalyst that they needed as she bowled Veringmeier for 46 with her first ball.
Van Slobbe was soon run out for 13 runs from 55 balls and then Sterre Kalis was given out LBW to Anderson for seven runs to put Holland at 95-4 in the 24th over.
The flurry of wickets drove up the Dutch required run rate and although Siegers proved to be up to the task, scoring 45 not out from 34 balls, her teammates were unable to stay in at the other end.
The rain came down again and when play resumed, the Dutch needed 29 runs from two overs. They scored 13 from the first but Scholes was stellar in the final over and preserved an eight-run win for the Scottish.
The two sides will have a day off and then finish the series on Friday at 11 am, as Scotland look for a whitewash and the Netherlands fight for a win.