Madeline Penna and Australian Under 19 player Maddy Darke have both produced stellar performances for their respective clubs during the opening round of the Combined First and Second Grade T20 competitions in McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket on Sunday.
Penna made 85 from 52 balls in a massive total of 2/200 for Bankstown Sports against Gordon Red at Chatswood Oval. Her innings was the highlight of an emphatic 113-run victory for Bankstown to start the competition.
Bankstown captain and 2017/18 McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket Player of the Year, Rhiannon Dick, remained unbeaten for the visitors one run short of her half-century. Gordon Red made 7/87 in the chase.
Like Penna, Darke made a dynamic 81 not out from 71 deliveries at the top of the order for Universities Blue that laid the platform for its 51-run victory over Sydney at Alan Davidson Oval.
Both Breakers allrounder Carly Leeson (3-17) and McKenzie Carr (3-12) claimed three wickets in the win. Sydney was dismissed for 75 in reply to 2/126.
St George-Sutherland captain Cailyn Fountain was another player to pass fifty during the opening round of the Combined First and Second Grade T20 competition.
Her 51 from 50 balls helped St George-Sutherland to 4/173 from its 20 overs against Universities Gold. In response, the students were restricted to 4/61.
Lauren Miletich also made a valuable 41 from 21 deliveries during the 112-run victory for St George-Sutherland.
Campbelltown-Camden batter Dharmini Chauhan was the fourth player to pass fifty on Sunday. She remained 55 not out from 62 balls in a total of 3/109 posted by her side at Merrylands Oval against Parramatta.
However, the total was not enough to secure victory. Parramatta achieved the win on the final ball of its 20 overs. It finished at 4/110 with ACT/NSW Country Under 18 batter, Sarah Young, top-scoring with 48 from 55 balls.
Northern District bowler Tiegan Kavanagh took the good figures of 3-15 from three overs in a convincing 33-run triumph for her side against Penrith.
In reply to 4/126, Penrith managed only 7/93 from its 20 overs.
On Saturday, in third grade, Gordon overcame Campbelltown-Camden at Raby Oval No. 3, St George-Sutherland defeated Bankstown away from home and Universities Gold defeated Universities Blue. Manly-Warringah had the bye.