Superb Jackson's career knock boosts Hornets
IPSWICH/LOGAN Hornets opener Emma Jackson single-handedly took the game away from hosts Sunshine Coast in their Jodie Fields Shield clash on Sunday.
Jackson smacked 19 boundaries on her way to 126 not out, as the visitors posted 4/245 from their 40 overs.
Jackson's previous best knock this season was 36 back in round four, but captain Leanne Bichel said it was only a matter of time before the opener posted a big score.
"She has always been consistent, just never went on with the job,” Bichel said.
"She gets her 20s and 30s but then gets herself out. But (on Sunday) she stuck with it.”
Jackson is known as the big hitter within the Hornets group, and that was on full display with two monster sixes to go with 17 fours.
"Emma is probably the main one in the team to hit sixes,” Bichel said. "If you put it in the right spot, it'll go.”
The hosts won the toss and elected to send the Hornets in to bat first despite the humid conditions.
It gave the Hornets an advantage to bowl to a tiring Sunshine Coast top-order.
But for Jackson, who was in the middle for the Hornets' full complement of overs, the heat started to take a toll toward the close.
It was just another reason her unbeaten century was so impressive, according to Bichel.
"(Emma) toughed it out in the middle which was great to see,” Bichel said.
"She was patient and waited to put the bad balls away. Everyone was happy for her, it was just what we needed.”
While Jackson was the key architect with the bat, when it came to fielding the Hornets put together a complete team performance.
Seven players had a bowl, and all took at least one wicket.
"We just kept it tight, with some good catching and fielding backed up by our bowlers,” Bichel said.
The Hornets rolled the fifth-placed Sunshine Coast for just 62, continuing their unbeaten run with just one round to play before finals.
Sunday's victory also opened up an unassailable seven point gap between the Hornets and Redlands in second, granting Bichel's side the minor premiership and a guaranteed home semi final in two weeks.
The Hornets return to Baxter Oval this weekend against Valleys.