BIG KNOCK: Clare Gillett top-scored for TC United in their win over Sports on Saturday.
BIG KNOCK: Clare Gillett top-scored for TC United in their win over Sports on Saturday. David Nielsen

Gillett, Johnstone shine for United

T.C. UNITED player Clare Gillett hailed the influence of bowler Kate Johnstone in the side's first innings defeat of Sports on Saturday.

Johnstone was the chief destroyer in the opening innings, finishing with 5/16 to limit Sports to just 46 runs.

Gillett was then on-hand to top-score for United with 20 - capably backed up by Simone Harding's 14 not-out - as United built a solid first innings total of 80.

Johnstone continued in her wicket-taking ways when Sports returned for a second innings, taking 2/34 to finish with seven wickets for the match.

"Kate's bowling form is really coming together now,” Gillett said of her United and Ipswich representative teammate.

"She's a great bowler and very consistent. Sometimes she doesn't get rewarded with the wickets, but on the weekend she did.

"It was a great accolade for her.”

Gillett was impressed with the way her side approached their first innings in the field, which set up the game in United's favour.

"We fielded quite well, the girls went out with good intent they had a bit of fire in their belly,” Gillett said.

"And then to be able to back it up with the bat, and get a couple good partnerships in there, we'll take that definitely.”

With the four-team competition as close as it is, Gillett said every win was crucial between now and the finals in early March.

"It's exciting because there's never an easy game, which makes it worthwhile turning up every Saturday knowing you're facing strong competition,” she said.

"It'll be interesting at the end of the season to see who takes those top three (finals) spots.”



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