TC look United in bid for another grand final title
IT would take a couple of dramatic poor performances for TC United to miss out on automatically qualifying for this year's grand final.
After an innings victory over Wildcats on Saturday, the defending premiers are on target for another title in the Ipswich first division vigoro competition.
However, TC captain Clare Gillett is taking nothing for granted as the competition leaders prepare for their last two matches before the finals.
After Ipswich vigoro's successful Pink Stumps Day a week earlier, TC United got back to business against Wildcats.
TC are chasing three premierships in a row.
"It is important to finish first then you don't have that pressure in the semi,'' she said.
"You also get the week off and a rest.''
The main interest over the next fortnight will be the battle for second and third.
Sports continued their resurgence by beating Occasionals on the first innings in their latest clash.
While the top side advances directly to the grand final, the second and third placed teams will contest a semi-final on March 12.
For Ipswich representative skipper Gillett, the most pleasing aspect of her team is the way it's peaking as the finals approach.
That was highlighted by solid batting contributions by a number of players and damaging bowling by Jodie Spall, Kate Johnstone and Deb Manetta.
Spall snared 5/13 in the first innings to help dismiss Wildcats for 25.
"She's coming back into form at the end of the season, which is a good time to do it,'' Gillett said of Spall.
TC United declared at 101 with opener Gillett (25), Megan Brigginshaw (24 not out), Megan Daley (23 not out) among the major run scorers.
Batting a second time, Wildcats made 43, with Johnstone returning 4/7.
Although Wildcats have been fielding changed line-ups and TC United have been settled, Gillett knows her team has to get the job done.
"To our credit, the girls did play well,'' she said. "Fielding wise, the team did really well.
"We've been very lucky. We've had a very constant side throughout the season.
"All the girls are pretty dedicated.
"There's a really good feel amongst the team.''
Sports' first innings win came after Lee Scudds tok 7/33 and effected two runouts.