Last-ball six seals victory
TAMARA Levao wasn't supposed to play for TC United in its Ipswich Vigoro Division One match against Occasionals on Saturday.
However, with TC United short on numbers, Levao went from fill-in player to hero in one delivery, smashing a six just seconds before the hooter sounded to deliver TC United the unlikeliest of outright victories.
"It was a really good game and a blockbuster finish," TC United co-captain Clare Gillett said.
"It's one of the best finishes I've seen."
The gripping ending looked highly unlikely earlier in the day when Occasionals made a modest 43 in their first innings.
However, TC United didn't fare any better making just 34.
The relatively low scores in the first innings meant it was anyone's game, especially when TC United dismissed Occasionals for 55 second time around.
It left the premiers needing 65 runs for an outright win with less than 30 minutes time remaining.
Scoring at a brisk rate, TC United lost wickets at regular intervals, before Levao and Shannon Brackin put TC United back in the game with a rapid-fire partnership.
However, with time against them, TC United appeared gone, until Levao stole the show with an astonishing last-ball six.
"It was intense and I reckon the hooter sounded less than 10 seconds afterwards," Gillett said of the match-winning shot.
"It was an excellent game and Occasionals played well, but it was just one of those games where everything fell together for us at the end."
Both teams had contributions all round, with Gillett scoring 16 runs and taking seven wickets.
Jodie Spall also impressed for TC United with a six-wicket haul, while Kate Johnstone claimed three wickets.
Occasionals were well served by Naomi Schaper, who took five wickets in the first innings and reached double figures in both innings with the bat, while Melinda Park finished with a match total eight wickets.