OCCASIONALS have done what had not seemed possible in the opening rounds of this year's Ipswich Division One competition.

They beat defending champions TC United on Saturday to move into second spot behind them on the ladder.

Batting first, Occasionals made a modest but competitive 56.

Yet it proved too much for United, who could only reach 45 in their first innings, thanks largely to Shelley Jarvis' 5-8 with the ball.

"She certainly throws them down with some passion," United player Simone Harding said of Jarvis. "And you need to be looking at it.

"She certainly adds to their bowling."

Jarvis is one of a number of players returned to Occasionals this season who seem to have made a big difference.

"They've got a couple of different players," Harding said.

"It puts the other clubs on notice. We certainly never expected it to be a cakewalk.

"While the last two seasons have been good for us we've had to work for it. We know there are no easy wins.''

The relatively low first inning scores meant it was still game on in the second innings, especially when United dismissed Occasionals for 31 second time around.

It left the premiers needing 43 for an outright win and they fell just three runs short when time ran out.

Harding was slightly reluctant to admit it, but the result might well have been different if United co-captain Clare Gillett had been playing. But the competition's leading batter was interstate at a wedding.

"We did question her commitment to the team," Harding said. "But we did miss her.

"Historically our batting has had good depth and consistency so 56 should have been achievable."

In the other Division One match Wildcats (82) beat Sports (71) on first innings with Rebecca Foley (30) top scoring for the Cats.



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