Two points is all that separates the top four teams of the First and Second Grade combined T20 competition in McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket, as the competition passes the half-way point.
Bankstown Sports are equal top of the table with Universities Gold on 20 points and it plays the fourth-placed St George-Sutherland on Sunday, who trail the ladder leaders by two points. Gordon are third on 19 points.
Much will hinge on the batting of Laura Wright whose form has been superb to start the competition. Her tally totals 191 runs for the season at the stunning average of 95.5. She has a highest score of 64 not out and the opener leads the way for most runs.
It is her consistency which has ensured her team has won three from four matches during the T20 competition.
However, the strong St George-Sutherland attack poses a significant challenge for Wright and the remainder of the Bankstown batting order.
Slayers’ Cailyn Fountain and Emily Mifsud are the fourth and fifth leading wicket takers for the competition thus far, both claiming five wickets at an average of 10.8 and 16 respectively.
Universities Gold play Sydney at Ryde Oval in its only match on Sunday. The Tigers play two matches on the day with its first match against Gordon in the morning.
Gordon are currently third on the table and captain Hannah Trollip will be hoping she can rediscover the form that saw her score 383 runs at 63.83 last season and set the record for the highest ever score in Women’s First and Second Grade T20 cricket.
Trollip made 109 not out from 69 balls against St George-Sutherland 1 in December 2016. Gordon team mate Saskia Horley posted the next best of 97 against Bankstown Sports this season.
Penrith also have a double-header on Sunday playing both Campbelltown-Camden and Northern District consecutively.
Parramatta found some form last weekend posting its first win of the season against Sydney. This Sunday it plays Universities Blue at David Phillips North.
The performances of Parramatta bowlers Kelsey Miller and Kristen McCormack have seen both women leap to the top of the wicket takers for the competition and will be a threat for the Universities’ batters.
Miller has collected seven scalps at an average of 10.86 to be the leading wicket taker and McCormack is second on the list having picked up six at an average of 13.5.
In the second round of the Third Grade T20 competition, North West Sydney plays its first match against Campbelltown-Camden, the battle of the students takes place at Tonbridge Street Reserve when Universities Blue play Universities Gold, Bankstown are at home to Gordon and St George-Sutherland have the bye.