All of the winning teams from the first round of the McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket meet each other this weekend with top spot on the ladder up for grabs and a number of representative players returning to the fold.
Currently Sydney, Gordon and St George-Sutherland all sit on seven points in equal first thanks to bonus points in each of their matches. The other victorious team from round one was Bankstown Sports who are fourth after defeating Universities.
This round Sydney play St George-Sutherland at Ryde Oval, and Gordon play Bankstown Sports in Chatswood in what promises to be an exciting match.
Bankstown welcome back Sarah Aley (New South Wales Breakers), Erin Burns (ACT Meteors) and Corinne Hall (Tasmania Roar) in a boost for their prospects. While, Gordon is likewise littered with star performers, including Sydney Sixers’ players Emily Leys and Charlotte Anneveld, and player of the year from last season, Hannah Trollip.
Saskia Horley is another who is key to the fortunes of Gordon. The all-rounder picked up where she left off last season, with bat and ball against Northern District, scoring 49 and taking 3-34. Throughout the 2016-17 season, Horley amassed 440 runs overall at an average of 36.7 and returned 16 wickets at the healthy average of 14.3.
It will be a tough task for Bankstown, but the visitors take plenty of confidence into the fixture after a strong showing against Universities. Madeline Penna and Prudence Roebuck were pivotal in that victory, scoring 47 and 44 respectively, and such innings will be required again, if Bankstown is to overcome the defending champions.
Sydney will also be buoyant heading into their fixture against St George-Sutherland after a bonus point victory over Penrith. The win was largely due to the batting performances of Naomi McDonald, 71 from 72 balls, and Jessica Marks, 75 not out, who featured prominently. If the Slayers are to repeat their winning ways of last week against Campbelltown-Camden, the wickets of those two batters will be vital to the cause.
The other game that has many NSW Breakers returning to Premier Cricket this weekend is the match between Penrith and Universities.
Mikayla Hinkley, Naomi Stalenberg and Lisa Griffith are notable additions for the Panthers in the wake of its seven wicket loss to Sydney in round one. Stalenberg was in fine touch last weekend for the Breakers against the Queensland Fire, scoring 41 not out, and will be hoping to reproduce much of the same against Universities.
Maisy Gibson will also make a welcome return for the students as they seek their first victory of the season at David Phillips North.
In the remaining match, Campbelltown-Camden play host to Northern District and the home side will be looking for a much better display than was shown, with bat in hand, against the Slayers.
The Ghostettes were bundled out for 108 in that match with the shining light being young all-rounder Yardley Poulsen, who scored 20 from 34 balls, and took 1-26. Top scorer for Northern District last weekend, Rachel Trenaman (71), will be very important to the away side posting a competitive total.
In second grade, Parramatta play St George-Sutherland; Campbelltown-Camden host Sydney, Gordon play Universities; and Northern District travel to Jensen Oval to take on Bankstown Sports.
In third grade, Campbelltown-Camden travel up the freeway to play Bankstown Sports; Gordon play St George-Sutherland and Universities Blue play North West Sydney. Universities Black have the bye.