Occasionals first division vigoro player Heather Brooker hits out during her team's outright win over Sports.
Occasionals first division vigoro player Heather Brooker hits out during her team's outright win over Sports. David Nielsen

Occasionals fire up as pennants start

AS Ipswich prepares to launch its representative pennants vigoro season this weekend, Occasionals are celebrating their first outright win in the club competition.

The defending Division 1 premiers beat Sports in their latest clash after the top order fired, backed by some improved bowling.

In another closely fought Ipswich competition, senior Occasionals player Deanne Lawrie was pleased to see her team rally with key players like bowler Naomi Schaper (3/20) back.

Schaper and her consistent opening partner Chantel Collie (6/21) dismissed Sports for 51 and 60 after Occasionals declared on 110.

Captain Karen Devin (38) led the way with first drop Lawrie contributing a valuable 35 not out in the hot Saturday conditions.

"We've just had a few regulars back,'' Lawrie said.

"Our bowling seemed a lot better.''

Lawrie praised younger players like Gaby Weller and Taylor Barnes for helping out the top team.

In the other first division match, TC United beat Wildcats.

"It's really tight, which is good,'' association secretary Lawrie said.

"Sports and Wildcats have come out this season quite consistent actually. It's a really good look for the comp because I don't think there's an easy win anywhere now.''

No club games are scheduled this weekend with Ipswich senior, vets and junior teams playing Fassifern in pennants matches at East Ipswich.

Ipswich representative teams for Saturday's pennants matches against Fassifern at East Ipswich.

Senior 1: Karen Devin, Rachel Savage, Andrea Kruger (wk), Alyce Jeffries, Marie Dennis, Yasmin Leeder, Kirsten Ihle, Deb Manietta, Kate Johnstone (vc), Clare Gillett (c), Brenda Ungerer, Shannon Brackin.  

Senior 2: Sarsha Thorogood, Michelle Scott, Amanda Richardson, Amanda Wraight, Tania Whyatt (c), Julie Jones (wk), Raylee Parsons (vc), Rhonda Anderson, Megan Daly, Kassey Stephens, Zoe Hislop, Rachael Anderson.  

Veterans: Alisa Martin, Deanne Lawrie, Rebecca Baartz, Kerryn Grahame, Lee Scudds, Leann Panzram, Karen Ihle, Tracey Scudds (vc), Lynelle Packer, Simone Harding (c) (wk), Roseanne Pymble, Rebecca DeGraff.

State of play

Division 1: TC United 57 and 51 def. Wildcats 42; Occasionals 110 (dec) and 4 def Sports 51 and 60.

Representative games: Ipswich v Fassifern - main senior match from 11.45am at the East Ipswich grounds. The Vets and under-18 games are at 8.30am, with the under 14 game is at 11.45am and the senior 2 match at 3pm.



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