The 2015/16 grand final winning Occasionals first division vigoro side.
The 2015/16 grand final winning Occasionals first division vigoro side. Contributed

From last to first, what a fantastic finish for Occasionals

GIANTKILLERS Occasionals left their best until last to upstage TC United in the Ipswich first division grand final.

However, the amount of runs scored showed the quality in both teams.

Occasionals set the highest target of the season, compiling an impressive 5/184 before declaring at the East Ipswich fields.

Minor premiers TC were bowled out for a normally competitive 85 before being forced to follow on.

Typical of the TC combination, they fought hard to put on 130 before Occasionals wrapped up the final making 4/32.

"It was good team work,'' Occasionals captain Karen Devin said after guiding her side to its first grand final title since 2010/11.

"We built all season, coming from last.''

Having also played in Occasionals' previous grand final win before having two children, Devin said the focus this season was being together and having fun.

"It paid off,'' she said.

Devin scored 49 opening the innings before Heather Brooker (55) and Devin's sister Deanne Lawrie (54) also put on what turned out a match-winning partnership.

Devin said a big score was needed against the strong TC line-up.

"They are tough competition those girls,'' Devin said.

"They are very similar to us. They work as a team as well.''

TC captain Clare Gillett was sporting in defeat after her team missed its chance to win three first division grand finals in a row.

"They batted really well,'' Gillett said. "They've got a class act top four or five.''

With rain threatening, Occasionals batters Brooker and Naomi Schaper secured the win.

Although disappointed with her team's fielding, Gillett said Occasionals deserved their success.

She praised her team for the way it fought back in the second innings, with Megan Briggenshaw's 50 a highlight.

"If we had another 20 or 30 runs, it might have been a bit different,'' Gillett said. "But at the end of the day they (Occasionals) set themselves up and they deserved to win it.''

Gillett and Devin hoped to see a majority of their players return next season.

Devin was among the sporting mums back this year, showing the rewards on offer for playing vigoro in Ipswich.



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