Occasionals tune up for showdowns
EXPERIENCED Occasionals captain Deanne Lawrie knows it’s too early to start thinking about winning another grand final.
However, the defending premiers maintained a strong course for the main game of the year by beating Sports on the first innings in Saturday’s latest Division 1 match.
Although Sports were missing some key players, Occasionals scored 99 chasing their opponent’s 85 to build some handy momentum with one game until the knockout semi-finals.
Occasionals and Sports will clash in that game for a shot at Wildcats in the grand final.
“For us, second or third doesn’t really matter,” Lawrie said after top scoring with 49 not out on Saturday.
“If we could get another win (against City Slickers this weekend), that would be nice.
“I think we’re doing okay. Probably our batting is the area we need to be a bit more consistent.”
Lawrie has been leading the way this season, regularly scoring most runs for her team.
However, she was impressed with teammate Maree Kremastos at the weekend. Kremastos came in with Occasionals 6-43, adding a vital 18 runs.
Regular Division 2 player Kremastos had earlier taken 5-15 to limit Sports’ tally.
“Maree batted well,” the Occasionals skipper said.
“She’s a left arm bowler. That is a bit of variation for us which we’ve probably lacked a bit.”
After Saturday’s first innings win, Occasionals can start preparing for another showdown with Sports in a fortnight.
“We’ve got to beat them first to make the final,” Lawrie said.
“They’re no easybeats. We’re not underestimating them.”
Lawrie said Wildcats would also be a tough proposition in the grand final with their depth. Kylie Henrich, Maleah Harris and Kelly Verrall are performing strongly.
Verrall scored 21 in Wildcats’ first innings win over City Slickers last Saturday.
Henrich snared 3-3, assisting chief wicket taker Lori Whebell (6-12).