WORKING TOGETHER: Defending premiers Wildcats have two first innings wins from their opening three games of the new Ipswich season.
WORKING TOGETHER: Defending premiers Wildcats have two first innings wins from their opening three games of the new Ipswich season. Rob Williams

Hot Harris back with a vengeance in Wildcats win

WILDCATS batter Maleah Harris displayed some hot form after a season off to set up her team's first innings win on Saturday.

Returning to the Ipswich competition following some injury problems, Harris scored 63 and 21 in Wildcats' second victory of the new season.

Wildcats captain Rachel Savage was thrilled to see Harris fire at a crucial stage, having been a regular in past years.

"She played some lovely shots," Savage said. "We were like 3-9 when Maleah went out."

Partnering Annie Diefenbach (16) before she hurt her hip, Harris helped Wildcats reach 123 batting first against TC United.

Wildcats, having 10 fielders with Diefenbach injured, dismissed TC United for 64 before declaring on 51 with 20 minutes left.

TC United made 47 when time ran out. Shannon Brackin top scored with 35 not out.

Savage, who took 4-20, said it was tough going in the hot and dry conditions at the East Ipswich vigoro grounds.

"You just have to play smart," she said.

"We do have an extreme heat rule where if it gets to about 40, we do come off.

"You just have to try and stay in the shade as long as possible and wear the other team out."

Sports also has two wins from three games after beating Occasionals on the first innings.

A half century by Lynelle Packer helped Sports build a healthy 131 total.

Occasionals made 88 and 42.

"It is a good start (with no team unbeaten)," Savage said.

"We're quite lucky we have such a competitive competition."

In the junior competition, TC United defeated Occasionals twice in their Saturday doubleheader.

Wildcats and Sports had a win each in their series.

Key results
 

  • Division 1: Wildcats 123 & 51 declared def TC United 64 & 47 on first innings.
  • Sports 131 def Occasionals 88 & 42 on 1st innings.


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