Carlton Cricket Club hold their annual dinner on Friday and there is bound to be a toast to the fledgling women’s team who, in only their third year of existence, defeated Ayr to win the Scottish Cup.
Victory completed a double for skipper Helen Blair’s squad after they clinched the National League with a 100 per cent record.
In the cup final Carlton lost the toss and were asked to bat.
Annette Drummond, sister of former Scotland men’s captain Gordon, hit 39 off 30 balls and skipper Blair was unbeaten on 46. A total of 157-6 was further enhanced by Ollie Rae’s 31 not out from 21 deliveries.
Scotland under-17 bowlers Lily Steindl and Lisa Thomson then combined to pick up three early wickets, ensuring that the Carlton total was never under any real threat. There were also wickets for Cat Sammon and Rosie Jenner before skipper Blair rounded off a great day with 2-2 as Ayr ended on 46-9.
Back row, left to right, Lisa Thomson, Cat Sammon, Ollie Rae, Eilidh Nicolson, Louie Gardiner, Roseanne Jenner. Front, Ikra Farooq, Fatima Shah, Helen Blair, Lily Steindl, Annette Drummond.
Our other photograph shows skipper Helen Blair with the Scottish Cup.
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