Sarah Bryce (S5) got her first senior Scotland cap at the weekend, playing cricket alongside her sister, Kathryn (Class of 2015) against Somerset.
Despite a loss, the girls played well with Kathryn bowling six overs for 16, and the sisters having a 43 run partnership, with Kathryn gaining 37 runs and Sarah 17.
However against Lincolnshire U17s, Kathryn and Sarah shared a 336 run partnership in the 45 over match. After the loss of an early wicket, Kathryn joined Sarah and in a tense period they saw off the new ball, with the score moving to 50 off 10 overs then, with scoring accelerating, 100 was reached after 17 overs. Kathryn reached her 100 off 98 balls in 98 minutes when the score was 195, and then batted judiciously to see Sarah to 100 off 101 balls in 134 minutes when the score was 255. With a number of lofty blows, the sisters took the final score to 341 for the loss of one wicket, reaching their partnership of 300 in 42.3 overs. Throughout the innings, Lincolnshire fielding remained of the highest standard.
On the bowling front, Nina Whitaker (S1 2015/16) opened the bowling against two Lincolnshire players determined to make their mark and Georgia Henderson (S5) took two wickets for 14 runs in an unbroken spell of nine overs and two maidens. Throughout, Scotland kept a tight grip of the game bowling Lincolnshire out in 40 overs for a 211 run victory.
Afterwards, Kathryn said, “It’s still hard to believe that it really happened and I couldn’t have dreamed of being out there with anyone other than my sister. As we have both been playing together since we could walk, it was really special to be out in the middle with her for an incredible 336 run partnership. They say cricket is a team game and Sarah and I definitely weren’t alone out there in the middle, the team support throughout was incredible and I don’t think it will be a day that either of us will ever forget.”
While great credit for these achievements goes to Cricket Scotland women's’ coach Kari Anderson and U17s coach Ollie Rae, both Kathryn and Sarah have had great support from team-mates and coaches over many years at the Watsonian Cricket Club and here at Watson's, where Liz Smith is instrumental in the high standard of skills development being achieved.