Wildcats captain Rachel Savage prepares to bowl during her six-wicket win over Sports.
Wildcats captain Rachel Savage prepares to bowl during her six-wicket win over Sports. David Nielsen

Savage snares a hat-trick

DEPENDABLE Wildcats captain Rachel Savage was quick to deflect attention to her team after snaring a hat-trick in her impressive bowling haul last Saturday.

Savage finished with 6-19, including a mid-innings hat-trick, as her team scored a handy first-innings victory over competition leaders Sports at East Ipswich.

While happy with her bowling, Savage said it was her team’s commitment that was most pleasing in the tricky conditions.

“It was a good win,” she said, having to go off early due to a rain interruption.

“It was hard with the weather like it was, not knowing if we were going to get the whole game finished or not.”

However, Wildcats responded with a positive attitude.

“The morale of the team has lifted,” she said.

“Catches win matches and that is what won the game for us on Saturday.

“Our fielding was good and there were no dropped catches.”

Among those was a super one-handed catch by Maleah Harris to secure Savage’s hat-trick, one of many in her long vigoro career.

Wildcats’ 13-run first innings victory kept them in second place on 30 points, behind Sports (35).

However, Occasionals remained in the premiership hunt with a 14-run first-innings win over City Slickers.

Top runscorer for Wildcats was number four batter Kylie Henrich with 17 runs.

Best for Sports were Karen Ihle (11 runs) and Lynelle Packer (4-4).

Occasionals’ win was set up by Ailsa Martin (13 runs) and Melinda Park (6-13 and 3-13).

City Slickers bowler Kirsty Crossan took 5-21.

Savage said her team would resume fixtures on January 8 satisfied with the first half of the season.

A number of players will also return from the break to repre- sent Ipswich at the state titles.

Latest 1st Division: Sports 35, Wildcats 30, Occasionals 27, City Slickers 18.



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