GRAND SLAM: Ipswich heads to victory in the final of the Vigoro State Titles against Townsville.
GRAND SLAM: Ipswich heads to victory in the final of the Vigoro State Titles against Townsville. David Nielsen

Hosts in Queensland Grand Slam

IPSWICH left with the senior women's state title and a grand slam to their name while the Fassifern senior women boasted an unbeaten series but had nothing to show for it.

Such was the conclusion to the Queensland Vigoro Championships at East Ipswich yesterday.

Ipswich lost two games during the qualifying rounds, to Townsville and Fassifern. But their two outright wins, over Cairns and Mackay, left them equal on points with Townsville and Fassifern.

When percentages, based on runs and wickets, were calculated, it was Fassifern missing out on the final, which Ipswich went on to win by four wickets.

There was sympathy from Ipswich for Fassifern's plight but it didn't dull the celebrations when they hauled in Townville's 139.

On Friday, Ipswich had folded in their first innings for 36 to lose to Townsville. Yesterday they showed the lessons they had learned.

"Today was the final," Ipswich captain Deanne Lawrie said when asked what the difference was.

"That's all that matters. It didn't matter who beat us on Friday.

"I'm really proud of our bowlers, our fielders and our batters, who gutsed it out. Bec Foley (2-16) bowled really well in the second half of the innings when they could have gotten away."

Ipswich used eight bowlers with Karissa Aburn (2-23) and Alyce Giebel (2-7) also bagging a brace each. Townsville's 139 was a daunting total but Ipswich's opening pair Jodie Spall (66) and Clare Gillett (25) put on a 52-run stand to put Ipswich in control.

Ipswich were cruising to victory, needing just nine runs to win with eight wickets in hand, when they got the shakes.

The home team lost three wickets in four balls to cause a few nervous moments, and another when scores were level, before Rachel Savage hit the winnings runs. "Clare and Jody hit a great partnership, which really set us up," Lawrie said.

It was not the first time they had done so. In Ipswich's outright win over Mackay, the pair batted through the innings without losing a wicket, which proved crucial when final places were determined on percentages.

Lawrie reckons she has played in about 20 state championships but only won three. This was Ipswich's second on the trot but she was not willing to predict a dynasty.

"I'm proud of this team," she said. "We go to Cairns next year for a third. It was really good this year. We had a great side last year but I think we've gelled better this year. It's been a lot of fun and they're a really good bunch."

The Ipswich senior women's team's win followed state titles for the under-18 and veterans teams, rounding off a grand slam for the home association.

State champs

  • Townsville: 139
  • Ipswich: 7-152


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