New South Wales Breakers and Sydney Thunder allrounder Saskia Horley has produced a stunning batting display for Gordon Blue in the McDonald’s Women's Premier Cricket Combined First and Second Grade T20 competition on Sunday.
Horley, 18, smashed 80 from 48 balls during a 102-run victory for Gordon Blue over Parramatta at Killara Park. Her innings was the highest score throughout the competition during rounds four and five on Sunday. It included nine fours and two sixes.
The off-spinning allrounder complemented her brilliant knock with bowling figures of 2-6. Gordon Blue bowled out Parramatta for just 78 in defence of 4/180. Erica Cox (3-20) claimed best figures for the victors.
It was one of two victories for Gordon Blue on Sunday to move the side into equal second on the Combined T20 ladder. The hosts defeated Gordon Red by 109 runs to secure their second win, where Horley also picked up 2-16.
Gordon Blue are joined by St George-Sutherland and Penrith on 19 points, after all three teams remained undefeated on Sunday. They trail ladder leaders Northern District by one point.
The performance of Horley continued her fantastic form across all formats for her club this season. She has taken 13 wickets at the outstanding average of 9.5, scored 229 runs at 45.8 and claimed eight catches.
However, Horley was not the only star performer for Gordon Blue across its two matches on Sunday.
Charlotte Anneveld made unbeaten half-centuries in both victories for Gordon Blue.
She scored 52 not out from 28 deliveries against Parramatta and followed that with a similarly impressive unbeaten 55 from 29 balls in the win over Gordon Red.
Anneveld shared a 123-run third-wicket partnership with Horley in the massive total posted against Parramatta.
Samantha Arnold produced a polished all-round performance for Penrith during its win against Bankstown Sports.
Arnold scored 52 not out from 49 balls and claimed 3-23 in the 31-run victory. Bankstown was contained to 5/144 from its 20 overs in reply to 3/175 posted by Penrith.
Arnold shared a pivotal 84-run second-wicket partnership with Breakers batter Mikayla Hinkley (41) in that win.
Thunder and Breakers allrounder Naomi Stalenberg also made a quick fire 34 from 17 deliveries for Penrith against Bankstown.
St George-Sutherland pace bowler Melissa Norup, formerly of the Universities club, claimed six wickets across the two wins for the Slayers at Glenn McGrath Oval.
She claimed 4-13 from her allotted four overs in the eight-wicket victory over Sydney. Norup coupled those figures with 2-4 from three overs and, 24 not out, in a 47-run victory against Northern District.
Norup is the leading wicket taker in the Combined T20 thus far. She has nine scalps at 7.22.
The ladder leaders were restricted to 9/75 by the Slayers in pursuit of 123 to win. St George-Sutherland captain, Cailyn Fountain, top-scored in the triumph with 38 from 34 balls.
The innings consolidated her position as the leading run-scorer in the Combined T20 competition after five rounds. She has made 170 runs at the excellent average of 85.
Sydney Sixers’ left-arm fast bowler Lauren Cheatle peeled off 39 from 16 balls and top-scored for Campbelltown-Camden in its comprehensive 94-run victory over Universities Gold.
On Saturday, in third grade, Manly-Warringah defeated Universities Blue, Bankstown beat Universities Gold and Gordon overcame St George-Sutherland at Gifford Park. Campbelltown-Camden had the bye.