Declarations trigger thrilling outright victories

HOWZAT? An Occasionals player attemps a run-out during Saturday’s vigoro matches at East Ipswich.
HOWZAT? An Occasionals player attemps a run-out during Saturday’s vigoro matches at East Ipswich. Rob Williams

IT is as if new life has been breathed into the Ipswich Division One vigoro competition this season.

Two outright results on Saturday followed two declarations, continuing the trend of competitive matches and hard-to-predict results.

Occasionals beat Wildcats, chasing down 58 in the second innings after Wildcats' sporting declaration.

It was a bold move but the Cats (56 and 73) had nothing to lose after Occasionals (73 and 58) claimed first innings points.

Karen Lawrie's 48 not out ensured Occasionals claimed first innings points after Maleah Harris (16) had top scored in Wildcats' 56.

Chantel Collie led the way with the ball for Occasionals, taking 3-3 in the first innings.

She followed it up in the second with 2-22 as Wildcats declared on 73, with Michelle Weilemaker 25 not out.

Annie Diefenbach (6-13) did her best to inspire Wildcats to an outright win but Occasionals reached their target a minute before time.

Melinda Park praised her opponents for their sporting declaration.

"We love playing Wildcats," she said. "We know when it's time to knuckle down and when it's time to have fun.

"Sometimes teams get into a habit of batting it out or going for big scores. But you're not going to get a result."

Occasionals' win, their first outright victory in two years, continued this season's run of unpredictable outcomes.

"It's a great competition," Park said. "It's so much better than one team dominating.

"Everyone turns up with a chance and it comes down to what you put on to the table each day.

"Each team is spread evenly with rep players.

"You just need one to fire with 20 or 30 runs that takes you up to a good total."

Park said Lawrie made the difference on Saturday.

"Kaz is in such great form," Park said. "She's back from having a bub and is in great shape."

Sports also secured maximum points against TC United - by an innings and 22 runs.

Sports' first innings 122 was enough before twice dismissing TC United (60 and 39).

Jessica Fox led the way for the winners with 63.

Only Jodie Spall (3-32) was able to make a serious impression on the Sports batters. Sports bowlers Naomi Schaper (4-14), Scudds (4-19) and Kristen Ihle (4-27) all had a prosperous afternoon.

Points update

Division 1: TC United 24, Sports 21, Wildcats 19, Occasionals 17.

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