CLOSE CALL: TC United batter Lani Levao scrambles safely for a run during last Saturday’s hard-fought victory over Wildcats at the East Ipswich vigoro grounds.
CLOSE CALL: TC United batter Lani Levao scrambles safely for a run during last Saturday’s hard-fought victory over Wildcats at the East Ipswich vigoro grounds. David Nielsen

Leaders produce United effort ahead of top of table clash

BEING clearcut competition leaders, TC United could appear to be doing it easy.

However, captain Clare Gillett said her team's wins have been anything but dominant in this year's Ipswich first division vigoro season.

"We're lucky enough to be on top but Occasionals are playing really well,'' she said looking towards this weekend's top of the table clash at East Ipswich.

"It will be a very exciting match.''

Gillett said games have been hard fought, highlighted by TC's latest first innings win over Wildcats.

TC recovered from 4/13 to set Wildcats a 111 run target.

Tailenders Dana Haywood (29 not out) and Leighlani Levao (19) helped rescue their side after opener Gillett (23) watched wickets fall at the other end.

Kerryn Graham took 5/33 bowling for Wildcats.

Wildcats made 80 with Anne-Marie Hermann taking 4/19 and the ever-reliable allrounder Jodie Spall snaring 3/28.

"The weekend's game was quite a challenge against Wildcats,'' Gillett said.

"I can't really say we've had any easy wins. They might look comfortable on paper but we've had to work for them.

"The bottom order don't see the ball as much but they really stepped and batted well on the weekend so that's always confidence building for hopefully the pointy end of the season.

"Across the board, it was a good effort.''

With the state titles coming up next month at Boonah, recently appointed Ipswich captain Gillett is keen for extra workouts.

The recent pennants intercity game against Fassifern was washed out.

She expects second placed Occasionals to be full strength in Saturday's 11.30am showdown, the final round before the Christmas break.

TC's only loss was to Occasionals early in the season.

Gillett said momentum to end the year would be valuable leading into the state titles and with the finals in the new year.

Occasionals can prepare confidently for their duel with TC after their first outright win of the season.

Occasionals (89 and 50) beat Sports (48 and 32).

Top run scorer for Occasionals was Heather Brooker with 58. She was well supported by another stalwart Deanne Lawrie (27 not out).

Sports best bowler was Yasmin Leeder with 5/15.

While Gillett's troops are bracing for a testing tussle this weekend, TC United are also leading the second division competition.

 

POINTS UPDATE

  • 1st division: TC United 41, Occasionals 27, Wildcats 16, Sports 5.
  • 2nd division: TC United 40, Occasionals 20, Wildcats 16, Sports 8.
  • Juniors: Wildcats Gold 80, Wildcats Black 63.5, Sports 60.5, Occasionals 51.


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