ASTUTE Wildcats captain Rachel Savage is already considering ways to stop competition leaders TC United when next the teams meet.

That first division encounter is on December 5 at the East Ipswich vigoro grounds.

However, before plotting how to stop the TC run machine, Savage can gain confidence from her team's latest first innings win over Sports.

After scoring 95 in Saturday's testing conditions, Wildcats dismissed Sports for 56. Wildcats were 76 batting a second time.

Ipswich representative player Savage scored 19 and took 3/20 in the much-needed victory.

"It was hot,'' she said. "We got to bat first so that kind of helped us a little bit.''

She praised her teammates for some handy contributions showing Wildcats are still dangerous when they put it all together.

"Everything just of clicked,'' Savage said.

"Saturday's game was probably one of the most consistent with our fielding.

"That's what has been letting us down.

"We didn't have any dropped catches and I don't think we missed too many run-out opportunities and things like that.

"If you get all those fielding things into place then generally things work out well for you.''

Among other key performers were Marie Dennis (17 and 21 not out), Bronwyn Brown (14) and Jasmin Graham (3/11).

Sports' top scorer was Kirsten Ihle with 15. Lee Scudds snared 3/8 and Tanya Whyatt took 3/29.

The Wildcats win came as TC United continued their fine form beating Occasionals.

TC declared at 104 with Occasionals making 54 and 94 in their two turns to bat.

Ipswich captain Clare Gillett led the way with 40, well supported by Jodie Spall (22) and Karissa Aburn (21 not out).

Kate Johnstone took 4/10 and 4/20, effecting three run outs, for the Ipswich competition pacesetters.

Occasionals' top scorer was Deanne Lawrie with 29 and 36.

Knowing the importance of keeping in touch with TC, Savage said her team gained positives out of beating Sports.

"You don't want to lose too many in a row,'' she said, wary of TC's powerful batting line-up.

"We'll have to think about how we bowl to those people and try to set them up a bit better and see if we can get on top of their batters.''

This weekend, Wildcats face Occasionals with TC United playing Sports in the 2.50pm matches at East Ipswich.



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