BEING on the field for much of Saturday's drawn vigoro game, Lee Scudds gained a first-hand view of how her team is travelling.

While she knows Sports' bowling needs to improve, Scudds was thrilled with her team's impressive run chase.

After the powerful Occasionals side declared at 2/140, Sports secured their first points of the new first division season by amassing the same score.

"I thought when I was out there batting we've got to be close (to victory),'' said Scudds, who remained 33 not out.

"I've been running and running and running and when I came off and they said a draw, I went 'are you kidding me?'''

Occasionals had earlier set an imposing target after big hitting from Deanne Lawrie (50 not out) and Nicole McDonald (45 not out).

Scudds came in at five, praising Yasmin Leeder (36) and Amanda Wraight (29) for solid contributions in an encouraging performance.

"Most of our girls batted well,'' Scudds said.

"We haven't been playing badly. We've just been beaten on first innings in each game.

"I wouldn't count us out.

"We've got basically the same players (as last year). We're quite capable of winning it.''

Occasionals' best bowler was Melinda Park with 6/32.

In the other first division match at East Ipswich, TC United beat Wildcats outright.

Jodie Spall snared 6/11, well supported by Clare Gillett and Karisa Aburn.



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