Lower order mission saves Occasionals

A GUTSY lower order batting display, led by Rebecca Kippen, has steered Occasionals to a first innings victory over the Wildcats in the Ipswich first division vigoro on Saturday.

Occasionals recovered from a middle order collapse, with Kippen coming to the rescue scoring 16 to help her team surpass the Wildcats' total of 69.

Occasionals finished their innings on 88 after Deanne Lawrie (23) and Karen Devin (16) got the team's chase off to a solid start.

But Lawrie said they were lucky to get out of trouble.

"We struggled a bit, but our bottom order got us over the line," she said.

"Rebecca (Kippen) was the key for us.

"She hasn't scored many runs this season, so it was the perfect time for her to find some form.

"Hopefully she will get a lot of confidence from that."

Without the services of Naomi Schaper and Katie Range, Occasionals bowling attack was understrength heading into the match.

The early signs looked good for the Wildcats with Brownyn Brown (29) smashing three sixes.

However, wickets tumbled at regular intervals as the Wildcats could only manage 69 with Ailsa Martin taking 4-21.

"Ailsa is such a reliable player who bowls good length and never gives up," Lawrie said of Martin.

"She was well supported by Chantel (Collie), whose bowling this season has been very consistent.

"She's able to get a bit more drift on the ball than some of the other players and causes plenty of problems for batters."

There are no games this weekend with the state titles being played at Boonah.

Junior fixtures resume January 23.

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