Brooker's dangerous at top of her game
MOVING former state player Heather Brooker back to the top of the order proved a master stroke heading into the Christmas break.
The experienced Occasionals batter top scored with 52, setting up a solid 100 run total in her team's latest vigoro clash with TC United.
After great support from sisters Deanne Lawrie and Karen Devin, Occasionals' bowling spearhead Naomi Schaper completed the timely first innings win.
Schaper snared 7/21 and 6/22 as TC replied with 62 and 37 in Saturday's first division match at the East Ipswich grounds.
For senior player Lawrie, Brooker's return to her favoured opening role gave Occasionals a boost wrapping up the year's fixtures.
Lawrie said Brooker seemed to focus more when asked to bat first.
"We're happy with her,'' Lawrie said.
Lawrie said having a 20 run foundation when she comes in at three was always helpful.
"It was a good game actually,'' Lawrie said.
"TC have got a pretty good bowling attack. It was a good challenge.''
TC were 2/37 before Occasionals pegged them back.
In a strong team performance, Lawrie said Schaper was well supported by left-arm bowler Marissa Heys. "We had a good combination left and right,'' she said. "They bowled well together and we fielded pretty well.''
Fast bowler Schaper's double haul was also noteworthy as she recovered from a shoulder injury.
"She's really come back, which is good,'' Lawrie said.
"She's probably our most consistent bowler.''
TC captain Clare Gillett top scored for her team with 22. She also toiled hard with the ball taking 6/21.
Occasionals' first-innings result keeps them in touch with Wildcats and United, with Sports also chasing hard.
Sports gained valuable points from their outright win over Wildcats in the other first division encounter.
In the low-scoring battle, Sports made 51 with Wildcats putting on 25 and 28.
Lee Scudds has a solid all-round game for Sports top scoring with 22 not out and taking 4/9 and 2/6 with the ball.
Kassy Stephens made a terrific contribution with hauls of 4/13 and 4/12.
Fixtures are in recess for the Christmas break.
The senior divisions will resume on January 7 with junior competition back on January 21.
A number of regular Ipswich competition players are also preparing for the senior and junior state championships in Townsville next month.
State of play
Division 1: Sports 51 defeated Wildcats 25 and 28 outright; Occasionals 100 defeated T.C.United 62 and 37 by 38 runs on the 1st innings.