BOWLERS DOMINATE: Wildcats captain Rachel Savage is bowled out in Saturday’s season-opening match at East Ipswich. Wildcats beat Sports by nine runs on the first innings.
BOWLERS DOMINATE: Wildcats captain Rachel Savage is bowled out in Saturday’s season-opening match at East Ipswich. Wildcats beat Sports by nine runs on the first innings. Rob Williams

Repaired bat helps Lawrie lead Occasionals in catching effort

IPSWICH vigoro stalwart Deanne Lawrie joked that TC United were still recovering from last season's premiership-winning party in their opening game of the new competition.

The Occasionals captain top-scored with 63 not out as her team beat the defending champions by 62 runs on the first innings.

It was an almost perfect start for Occasionals in Saturday's 2014-15 season opener.

Jokes aside, Lawrie offered two main reasons for her team's pleasing start.

Occasionals held their catches and Lawrie benefited from having a crack in her bat repaired.

"We fielded well which I'm quite happy with," the dependable 40-year-old skipper said.

"We normally take a while to warm up.

"I got my bat fixed last season at the end and I think that's helped a bit actually.

"I don't know what she (my friend) has done to it but it's got a pretty good middle now."

Lawrie's unbeaten innings came after she scored her game high 99 late last season with the repaired bat.

"I had a few lives," the modest first drop said of Saturday's powerful knock at East Ipswich.

"But it felt pretty good out there."

Lawrie is one of Ipswich's most loyal supporters, starting her 24th season in top grade.

She praised teammates Melinda Park (39) and Chantel Collie (21) for fine contributions as Occasionals posted 132 (dec) and 47 (dec).

TC United were dismissed for 70.

The Occasionals captain was also pleased to see B graders Nicole MacDonald and Marissa Heyes stepping up and bowling well in first division.

Although missing some players from last season, TC United had reputable players like Clare Gillett and Jodie Spall back.

In the other first division match, Wildcats beat Sports on the first innings by nine runs.

Bowlers dominated the game, with Wildcats duo Kerryn Graham and Annie Diefenbach taking four wickets each.

Sports' best bowler was Kirsten Ihle, also with four wickets. Ihle made 20 runs.



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