A Sports fielder makes a valiant but unsuccessful attempt to run out a Wildcats batter during Saturday’s first division vigoro match at East Ipswich.
A Sports fielder makes a valiant but unsuccessful attempt to run out a Wildcats batter during Saturday’s first division vigoro match at East Ipswich. Rob Williams

Wildcats performance on the way up

AFTER three completed rounds and with the first representative game looming, Wildcats captain Rachel Savage is happy with her team's progress.

Last year's grand finalists consolidated third spot (11 points) behind new team TC United and Sports (12) after a first-innings win in Saturday's latest Division 1 games.

After scoring a healthy 116, Wildcats dismissed Sports for 101 before reaching 37 when time was called in the second innings.

The highlight was 52 not out by usual first drop Kelly Verrall, who smashed her runs down the order on Saturday after arriving late.

Verrall's effort was also creditable given she wasn't feeling well.

Kerryn Graham claimed 3/22 for Wildcats with Sports best bowler being Lee Scudds (4/30).

Although losing valuable points during the previous weekend's washout, Savage said Wildcats were on target to challenge for another grand final next year.

"It's all coming together quite good now,'' she said, preparing for Ipswich's first representative pennant match against Boonah on November 6.

"The way everyone is performing is not too bad for the start of the season.''

Savage said her team's main focus was improved bowling.

"Everyone's batting is not too bad for this time of the season but the bowling needs a bit of work,'' she said.

Savage rated the new TC United combination more than competitive opponents.

"I think it's going to be a nice and tight competition with everyone on an even keel,'' she said, expecting premiers Occasionals to be stronger when they get some players back.

After Wildcats have performed consistently in recent seasons, Savage is backing her side to keep building.

"We've got quite a good team and we've played together for a few years now,'' she said.

"We've got that gel sort of thing happening now.''

The long-time state player said the start of the representative season often helped improve all aspects of the players' games.

"You have to get up to that next level,'' she said.

"We're trying to get more prepared . . . to help with our recovery and stuff.''

In Saturday's other Division 1 game, joint leaders TC United beat Occasionals by an innings and four runs.

Jodie Spall top scored for TC United with 22, well supported by Renee Peters (21).

Spall also dominated with the ball, taking 3/13 and effecting three run outs.

Deborah Manietta took 3/9.

Occasionals best bowler was Melinda Park with 4/26.



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