Parramatta continued its dream start to the McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket competition with its third victory from the opening four rounds against St George-Sutherland on Sunday.
The youthful Parramatta side led by 15-year-old Sydney Sixers’ allrounder Hayley Silver-Holmes defeated the Slayers by three wickets at Hurstville Oval to remain undefeated. Round two was declared a draw due to wet weather.
Parramatta was set 226 for victory by St George-Sutherland and reached the target with 13 balls to spare. Silver-Holmes (60) played a key role in the victory. Her partnership with Kate Barry (47) worth 88 runs for the third wicket was vital to getting the visitors over the line.
The unbeaten start to the season is made more remarkable by the fact that the majority of the Parramatta team are still teenagers. Eight players selected for either NSW Metro, ACT/NSW Country or the Cricket Australia XI for the upcoming Under 18 National Championships in January.
The teenage duo of Silver-Holmes (1-27) and 15-year-old Kate Peterson (2-45) again performed with the new ball as they had done in previous rounds.
Peterson is the leading wicket-taker in the competition with six scalps at an average of 13.83. Meanwhile, Silver-Holmes has claimed just the two wickets this season but has only two runs per over.
Silver-Holmes is also the leading run-scorer for the competition with 117 runs to her name at 39.
Breakers’ opening bowler Rene Farrell claimed 3-31 from nine overs for the Slayers. Julie Muir (3-35) also returned similar figures for the hosts.
Opening batter and wicketkeeper, Joanne Kelly (71) and Melissa Norup (67 not out), both made half-centuries for St George-Sutherland and shared a 111-run partnership for the fifth wicket.
Bankstown opening bowler Emma Newman and Campbelltown-Camden batter Claire Koski also starred for their respective clubs on Sunday.
Newman (5-22) claimed the first five wicket haul of the season during her team’s 17-run loss to Gordon at Bankstown Oval on Sunday. While, Koski became the first batter in the 2017/18 campaign to pass the magic milestone of 100.
Koski scored 108 from 114 balls for Campbelltown-Camden during its 40-run win against the defending premiers, Universities, at Raby Oval No. 1. She reached the boundary eleven times during her innings.
Opening batter Clara Iemma (54) shared an authoritative 151-run opening partnership with Koski to set up a good total for Campbelltown-Camden. The home side made 5/264 and, in reply, Universities 9/224 from its 50 overs.
Opening batter and wicketkeeper Maddy Darke (65) top-scored for Universities. Captain of the students and, NSW Breakers’ leg-spinner, Maisy Gibson also made 46 from as many balls.
Member of the Under 18 NSW Metro squad, Stephanie Ellsmore, claimed a pivotal 4-28 in the upset victory for Campbelltown-Camden.
Despite five wickets to Newman, her efforts were not quite enough to get her team the win against Gordon.
The consistent loss of wickets cruelled Bankstown’s hopes of victory as it pursued 160 to win. Sydney Sixers’ and ACT Meteor’s allrounder Erin Burns scored 40 from 54 balls for the hosts.
Bankstown dismissed Gordon for 159 after the hosts won the toss and elected to bowl first. Gordon captain and wicketkeeper, batter Hannah Trollip (72 not out) was top-scorer for the victors.
Breakers’ seamer Sarah Aley opened the attack for Bankstown with Newman and was extremely economical. She claimed 2-18 from her 10 overs.
Isabella Fitzgibbon returned 3-31 and her run out of the dangerous Rhiannon Dick (20) played a key role in the victory. Breakers’ off-spinner Saskia Horley (2-25), Charlotte Anneveld (2-12) and Sophie McMahon (2-36) were also good in the win for Gordon.
Breakers’ off-spinner Lauren Smith made a successful return to McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket for Northern District in its convincing seven-wicket win over Sydney at Chatswood Oval.
Smith stood with the bat (51 from 52 balls) and collected 1-22 in her first match of the season for Northern District. She equal top-scored with wicketkeeper, batter Matilda Lugg (51) in the chase.
Northern District captain and Sydney Thunder spinner, Sam Bates (2-25) and Tiegan Kavanagh (2-35) both claimed multiple wickets for the visitors to restrict Sydney to 8/164.
Penrith had the bye in round four of McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket.
Parramatta maintained top spot in the top two grades of McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket, despite a 15-run loss in second grade to Northern District. Gordon defeated St George-Sutherland by 18 runs at home, while Sydney went down to Bankstown by 13 runs at Ryde Oval.
In third grade, Universities Gold were defeated by Campbelltown-Camden at home, Gordon beat Manly-Warringah and, St George-Sutherland overcame Universities Blue. Bankstown had the bye.