Red-hot English does talking with bat and ball

UNITED I proved they are on track for back-to-back Bundaberg Softball A grade women's titles with a 12-nil blitz of Western Suburbs Panthers in their round 16 clash.

Wests, last year's beaten finalists, went into the top of the table clash coming off a 4-1 victory against South Sluggers I, but they were given a stark reminder of the level they must attain if they are to claim the title.

United were ruthless, and acting coach Sharon Gear, who ran the team for the day in the absence of her husband and head coach David, who was ill, said the score could have been greater except for the mercy rule being invoked.

"It only went five digs before the 10-run rule came in and we're just hitting our guns now,'' Gear said."Binnie (Belinda English) just pitched a great game and kept them scoreless, and Louise Cole just caught well - she always plays a solid game.

"All the girls batted really well - Tanya Petersen led from the top, Lauren Schulte and Belinda English also batted well and Lisa Sweeney had some good hits - it was excellent - everyone did base running which was great.

"Also a player from quite a few years ago, Natalie Hunter, came back to play for us - the girls had a few injured and we were a bit short but she's back for us - it's four or five years at least - it could be longer - but she always was a strong player and adding her to the team makes it even stronger.

"They know the finals are coming and all want to go straight through at the end of the rounds - they all want it pretty bad - even though they are a bit older, they've still got the will to win.''

United's win gave them the top grade double after their men out-gunned Across The Waves 10-2.

Sluggers were held to a surprising 7-all draw by Moray Eels in the other A women's grade match, but their men put Western Suburbs to the sword, winning 24-3.

It was a good day all around for United with also their B grade, under-16 and under-12 sides beating Sluggers 21-nil, Wests Lions 18-3 and ATW 9-2 respectively.

RESULTSA-grade: South Sluggers 7 drew Moray Eels 7; United 12 d Western Suburbs 0.Men: United 10 d ATW 2; South Sluggers 24 d Western Suburbs 3.B-Grade Ladies: United 21 d Sluggers 0; Bargara 15 d Western Suburbs Cougars 9; Electric Eels 19 d W Suburbs Leopards 7U/16: Western Suburbs Ocelots 19 d ATW 2; United 18 d Western Suburbs Lions 3.U/14: Western Suburbs Tigers 18 d ATW 13; United 8 dr Western Suburbs Wildcats 8U/12: Western Suburbs Jaguars 19 d Western Suburbs Pumas 4; United 9 d ATW 2; South Sluggers 19 d Bargara 2.Teeball: South Sluggers (6) 25 d Western Suburbs Bobcats 9; ATW 22 d Western Suburbs Cubs 19; United 20 d Sth Sluggers (8) 15.

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