Spall leads Slickers to win
FORM is temporary, class permanent they say.
Maybe, but Wildcats and City Slickers will take the form while it is on offer.
Wildcats extended their lead at the top of the Ipswich Division One ladder with their third win on the trot, an outright defeat of Occasionals on Saturday.
Meanwhile, City Slickers are now breathing down the necks of Occasionals and Sports after winning their second in a row, outright over Sports.
For Sports it means three losses in a row, after leading the competition coming back from the Christmas/New Year/flood break and two consecutive losses for premiers Occasionals.
Sports batted first, scoring 71 and claimed first innings points when they dismissed Slickers for 66.
Slickers bowler Deb Manietta, who took 4-33 with five runouts in the first innings, backed up with 4-26 and two runouts in the second.
She also combined with Jodie Spall 5-27 to dismiss Sports for 56, leaving Slickers requiring 62 to win.
“She was on really good form on the weekend,” Slickers skipper Anne-Marie Herman said of Manietta.
“The runouts were down to getting to the ball quickly.”
Spall is capable of just about anything on her day and has been enjoying a rich vein of form.
So it was no surprise to her teammates to see her smash 44 and take Slickers to the brink of victory, which they achieved for the loss of just two wickets.
“She hit some sixes and fours to take the pressure off the other batters,” Herman said of Spall.
In contrast, the normally dependable Sports top order of Angie-Lea Spowart, Karen Ihle and Tracey and Lee Scudds failed to assert their usual dominance.
“They’re normally the ones who kick on and make 30s or 40s quite easily but they didn’t,” Herman said.
While Sports and Occasionals are struggling at the moment and Slickers and Wildcats are on a high, Herman is not naive enough to think it will stay that way.
“We’ve been coming into some good form,” she said.
“We’ve had games where we’ve just not won and only missed out by a few runs or a few wickets.
“It was our day (on Saturday) but every weekend it can be somebody different.
“We’ve got a really good team spirit and I think that’s half the battle.”
In the other game, Wildcats flexed their muscles in the first innings, scoring 95, compared to Occasionals’ 66, with Meleah Harris topscoring with 51.
Occasionals managed 61 in their second innings, meaning Wildcats needed just 34 to take outright points.
Kelly Verrall starred with the ball for the Cats taking 4-28 and 7-28.