Talented Verrall has Cats at top
WILDCATS have wrapped up the Ipswich Division One minor premiership with ease.
With two rounds remaining of the regular season, the Cats are 15 points clear of nearest rivals Sports following an easy win over Occasionals on Saturday.
A Kelly Verrall hat-trick in her 5-4 helped restrict Occasionals to 47 in their first innings, before Verrall’s 36 with the bat led her team to 103 and first innings points.
Occasionals improved second time at the crease, reaching 63, just enough to deny Wildcats a decent shot at outright points.
That was despite Verrall again producing the miraculous, taking 7-23.
Needing only 11 to win outright, the Cats reached just two before stumps.
“A couple more minutes, we probably would have got an outright,” Wildcats captain Rachel Savage said.
The plan for the Cats had been to open up as big a gap as possible by the start of March because they will be without several players leading up to the grand final.
Savage and Michelle Scott will represent Queensland at the national titles next weekend, missing their team’s game against City Slickers. They can rest easy now, however, knowing they will head straight into the grand final as minor premiers.
Savage was delighted by Verrall’s performance but is even happier that the team isn’t regularly relying on individual efforts.
“She played very well,” Savage said of Verrall. “Last week it was someone else and there are others more than capable who have been doing that this season. We’re really relaxed at the moment and really enjoy playing together.”
In Saturday’s other Division One match, Sports (62 and 0-14) beat City Slickers (41 and 35) outright.
Division One: Wildcats 57, Sports 42, Occasionals 39, City Slickers 32.