Rival captain in awe of TC United's strength
THE weekend's round of Division One vigoro confirmed two things most already suspected.
One - that TC United are almost unstoppable in their bid for a second successive title; and two - that Occasionals are unlikely to feature in the finals.
United scored a comprehensive win over Occasionals on Saturday.
For Occasionals captain Deanne Lawrie there was little she could do but doff her cap to her opponents.
"They bowled and fielded really well then turned around and batted well," Lawrie said.
United dismissed Occasionals for 62 in the first innings, then amassed 108 before declaring.
Occasionals were far from disgraced and made a match high 118 in their second innings.
But the damage had been done with United now 10 points clear at the head of the ladder.
Lawrie said the current United team was the most dominant she had seen in the competition for several years.
"Probably," she said.
"They're a fairly young side but they've also got some of the top senior Ipswich players as well.
"Kate Johnstone (4-27) bowled well and they backed it up in the field.
"They're a top fielding side and that can make a big difference. And they're playing well as a team.
"If you want to win you've got to gel as a team."
It is almost the polar opposite to how Occasionals are travelling at the moment, eight points behind third placed Sports.
"We have to rely on other teams losing and for us to win a few," she said of her team's faint finals hopes.
"I don't think I'll be making any predictions."
Lawrie pin-pointed her team's fielding as representative of what was going wrong.
"We can bat and have been bowling quite well and creating chances," she said.
"We're not backing it up in the field.
"We can field well, but we're in a little bit of a rut."
In the weekend's other match, Wildcats (119) claimed maximum points with an outright win over Sports (30 and 34).
In the junior competition, Wildcats Gold beat Occasionals and Wildcats Black were too strong for Sports on the first innings.
Division 1 ladder
- T.C. United 47
- Wildcats 37
- Sports 26
- Occasionals 18