Speed dreams need not worry hat-trick heroine
NAOMI Schaper wishes she could bowl like Shelley Jarvis.
But she needn't worry.
She has claimed hat-tricks in the two Ipswich Division One vigoro matches she has played for Occasionals this year.
Schaper's first innings 3-11, in which she claimed the hat-trick against Wildcats on Saturday, was followed up by a second innings return of 4-9 as Occasionals recorded their third straight win of the year.
"It's always good to get a hat-trick," Schaper said.
"But It's all about the team winning.
"It's been a long time coming,"
Schaper switched to Occasionals from Sports two years ago.
Then Sports were a champion side and Occasionals were struggling.
Now it is Occasionals doing well while Sports are winless from four matches this season.
"It'd be nice to make a final this year," Schaper said. "But it's early days."
The 43-year-old bowls accurate medium pace and wishes she could still send them down with the vigour of a Jarvis, who claimed 5-12 in Wildcats' first innings 40.
"My speed days are gone," Schaper said.
"Shelley is very fast.
"It's what we dream to bowl."
The win was revenge for Occasionals, who lost to Wildcats in the opening round of the season.
Since then Occasionals have won three straight, including their impressive win over premiers TC United last weekend.
United returned to winning ways at the weekend , beating Sports by 64 runs on first innings, thanks largely to Clare Gillett's 73 not out with the bat, 3-7 with the ball and two run outs.