Hat-trick hero good Sport

SPORTS destroyer Lynelle Packer can only wonder how many wickets she may have snared if she’d bowled the way she wanted.

However, she was thrilled to take her first hat-trick in senior vigoro on her way to helping her team score a much-needed Division 1 first innings victory over Occasionals.

After taking 5-35, the Sports opener hit 59 in what turned out a tight contest.

Sports’ win also ended a recent losing streak, keeping the team in the hunt for the Ipswich finals.

With competition leaders Wildcats beating City Slickers on the first innings in Saturday’s other game, Sports are realistically chasing second or third spot.

“We’d lost a couple so we had to do something soon,” Packer said yesterday.

“We’ve just got to put everything together.

“The last few weeks we either haven’t fielded as good as we normally do or haven’t made enough runs. The game has changed now. If you made 50 runs in the past, it used to be a good score.

“But if you don’t make 100 runs now, you’re right behind the eight ball.”

Packer said one of the reasons may be the balls being used.

“The balls are a little bit different to what they used to be,” she said. “They fly a lot more and go quicker and are a lot bouncier.

“The balls are really hard, harder than what they used to be.”

That may also explain why Packer landed a few deliveries wide as Occasionals posted 107 before Sports reached 116.

“I didn’t realise (I had 5-35) until the girls told me because I was bowling so badly,” she said.

However, she was happier with her highest score of the season.

“We had good partnerships with Tracey (Scudds) and Lee (Scudds). That built a bit of pressure,” she said.

“We batted quite well this time.”

When Occasionals were batting, Sports were relieved when dangerous stalwart Deanne Lawrie was dismissed for 52.

“She always bats well,” Packer said.

“If you don’t get Deanne within the first couple of balls, she always posts a good score.”

Kerry Graham top scored for Wildcats with 55 not out while Kylie Henrick notched 44.

Key matches

Division 1: Sports 116 (Lynelle Packer 59, Lee Scudds 27; Ailsa Martin 4-14, Melinda Park 4-36) def Occasionals 107 (Deanne Lawrie 52, Christina Range 16, Fiona Byrnes 16; Lynelle Packer 5-35) on first innings.

Wildcats 97 and 143 (Kerryn Graham 55 not out, Kylie Henrick 44, Fiona McDonald 31; Jodie Spall 4-34) def City Slickers 52 (Simone Harding 13; Kerryn Graham 5-13) on first innings.

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