New South Wales Breakers and Sydney Thunder allrounder, Saskia Horley, has continued her great form with bat and ball in the McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket First and Second Grade Combined T20 competition.
Horley scored an unbeaten 74 from 60 balls and claimed the miserly figures of 2-4 from three overs for Gordon Blue in its dominant 91-run victory over Sydney on Sunday.
The allrounder is now second on the list of leading run-scorers and wicket-takers for the Combined T20. Horley has scored 218 runs at an average of 72.67 and collected nine scalps at 5.89.
She shared a 104-run second wicket partnership with wicketkeeper-batter Heidi Cheadle (50) in a big first innings total of 2/154. Sydney was bowled out for just 63 in reply.
The win against Sydney kept Gordon Blue at the top of the Combined T20 table, eight points clear of Northern District, after rounds eight and nine on Sunday.
Shivani Mehta and Anika Learoyd shared a 99-run second wicket partnership for Northern District in a commanding 98-run win over Universities Gold at Mark Taylor Oval.
Mehta made 60 from 56 balls, while Learoyd scored 52 from 42 deliveries in a total of 3/143. In reply, Universities Gold was dismissed for just 45.
Wickets were shared amongst the Northern District bowlers. Grace Dignam (2-2) and Mehta claiming 2-0, in one over, were the multiple wicket takers.
In the second match of the double header at Mark Taylor Oval, Northern District remarkably tied with Campbelltown-Camden.
The Ghosts won the toss and elected to bat first. It set Northern District 106 to win.
Campbelltown-Camden finished its 20 overs 1/105 with the captain of the visitors and, Breakers reserve wicketkeeper-batter, Hannah Trethewy (42 not out), making the top score.
In response, the hosts were 7/105 at the end of their 20 overs. Northern District middle order batter, Abbey Taylor, with 41 from 45 balls was the highest scorer for her side.
Breakers and, Sydney Sixers allrounder, Carly Leeson also showed good form with the bat in both victories for Universities Blue during rounds eight and nine.
Leeson (45 not out) and Australian Under 19 representative Maddy Darke (43 not out) produced a 100-run unbeaten opening stand to seal victory against Penrith in the first of the back-to-back matches at Village Green.
Penrith were restricted to 7/99 from its 20 overs and, in reply, the students achieved the win in 12 overs. Allrounder Olivia Porter (3-21) claimed best figures for the victors.
Leeson followed that good performance against Penrith with another solid 33 from 29 balls at the top of the order in a nine-wicket win against St George-Sutherland.
St George-Sutherland was contained to 5/87 after it won the toss and elected to bat first. Slayers captain Cailyn Fountain (38) top-scored for the visitors.
In response, Universities Blue finished 1/88 after 13.3 overs. Emerging Sixers fast bowler, Stella Campbell, 16, claimed the excellent figures of 3-9 from four overs for Universities Blue.
Bankstown Sports opening batter Asha Smith made her first half-century of the tournament in her side’s eight wicket loss to Parramatta at Merrylands Oval.
Smith scored 53 from 46 balls in a total of 8/121. Parramatta finished the match at 2/122 and won the game with 10 balls to spare.
Kate Barry claimed 3-10 from two overs in the win for Parramatta.
It was the first of successive wins at home for Parramatta on Sunday. The hosts comprehensively defeated Gordon Red by six wickets after the visitors were dismissed for just 70 within 17 overs.
Emerging batter from Orange, Phoebe Litchfield, made 35 not out from 24 balls to guide Parramatta to victory. Zara Shipp collected claimed 3-11 for Gordon Red.