On an unusually warm and sunny Sunday, Watsonian Ladies XI travelled to Inch Park for our season opener against the combined Edinburgh South/Stewart Melville College team. Despite only being able to put ten women on the park, spirits were high after good progress in pre-season training and our very successful cricket festival. Captain Kate Wheway put the team into field after winning the toss.
Strong batting performances by the ES/SMC openers put our bowling and fielding to the test early on, with former Scotland international Kathryn White scoring freely before being caught behind off a blistering delivery from Catherine Edwards. Edwards went on to take 3-15, including a spectacular diving catch from Susan Gynn at cover. As usual, WL were enthusiastic in the field, with everyone giving and getting plenty of verbal encouragement, keeping enjoyment levels high and the mood up. Disciplined batting from ES/SMC and short boundaries allowed them to post an innings total of 5-191.
After the break, we headed into bat where the best-laid plans went somewhat awry for our top-order batsmen with both Victoria G. and Wheway caught by Short off Fraser before the crucial partnership of Gynn and Jasmine Rough steadied the ship. Rough’s 18 was the team’s highest score and included three boundaries, a feat all the more impressive given it was her debut innings. Her dismissal, caught by Kiely off McCarthy, ushered in the lower-order who managed to grind out the last few overs to ensure that we batted all 30 overs and everyone faced at least one ball. Total runs scored 51.
Special mention goes to Sally Brian who played her first game back after a few months unplanned absence and managed to invent the one-woman relay. All in all, plenty of lessons learned in our first outing and lots of potential for improvement, with Jasmine Rough our player of the match.