The cream continues to rise in McDonald's Women's Premier Cricket after defending champions Sydney pushed further ahead on the table following a comprehensive win over title rivals Northern District on Sunday.

The Tigers enjoy a nine-point advantage at the top after securing a 36-run T20 win at Drummoyne Oval, while there were also wins for Universities, Bankstown and Campbelltown-Camden.

Sydney has hit the ground running since the resumption and was in complete control for most of the journey against the second-placed Rangers.

In hot and trying conditions, the home side won the toss and batted first.

NDs took the big wicket of Sammy Jo-Johnson for just eight but that just left more time for Rachael Haynes to play a gem of an innings.

The Australian star scored 65 from just 44 balls, hitting eight boundaries and a six, to help the Tigers to 6-124 from their 20 overs.

Anika Learoyd (28) and Matilda Lugg (20) both made promising starts but the challenge proved beyond the visitors.

They were contained to 6-88 from their 20 overs, with impressive Sydney spinner Ananaya Sharma capturing 2-14.

Sydney coach Russel Grimson said: "The girls have had an excellent start after Christmas.

"It’s pleasing everyone is lifting and they keep challenging themselves to improve.

"Opening a little gap (on the table) is a good reward for the hard work, but also helps give us some breathing space as no team can be taken for granted.

"The competition keeps getting better and we will see a lot of future stars standing up and influencing results in the remaining rounds."

Campbelltown-Camden could be one of those sides on the rise on the evidence of its vital win over Parramatta.

Needing a win to stay in touch with the top four, the Ghosts restricted Parra to 5-94 before reaching their target on the first ball of the last over for the loss of just four wickets.

There were also important wins for Bankstown against Penrith and Universities against Gordon.

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