Home ground advantage meant very little in the first round of the McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket competition, but one player in the lower grades produced the best innings across all grades by far.

Parramatta opener Kelsey Miller scored at will, as she smashed an incredible 237 from 174 deliveries, against Bankstown Sports at Merrylands Oval in second grade. The boundaries weren’t big enough for Miller peppering the rope with 33 fours and three sixes. It was her second double century at that level.

Her innings was responsible for nearly two thirds of the Parramatta total of 1/375 providing the platform for the crushing 239 run victory.

In first grade, all away teams prevailed with some key performers vital to victory.

Jessica Marks featured with both the bat and the ball in a convincing seven wicket win for Sydney over Penrith, scoring 75 not out and taking 2-47. Her 105-run partnership with Naomi McDonald (71) was central to the successful chase. Stephanie Marsh and Lauren Ryan also returned solid figures with the ball, for last year’s finalists, taking 3-32 and 2-43 respectively.

Charlotte Anneveld continued the consistent form she showed last season top scoring for Gordon in a big total of 6/301 against Northern District. Last season Anneveld scored 403 runs at an average of 33.58, and her 75 yesterday at Mark Taylor Oval, started the new campaign in the best way possible.  

She was well supported by a number of other batters with Saskia Horley (49) and captain Hannah Trollip (39), among five who scored more than 30. Horley led the way for the defending champions with the ball picking up 3-34 to ensure the 76 run win.

At David Phillips South, Universities hosted Bankstown Sports. The visitors were dismissed for 180 in the first innings with Madeline Penna falling just three runs short of her half-century and Prudence Roebuck (44) also narrowly missing the milestone.

In the second innings, Universities failed to provide enough support for Ashley Day (48) at the crease. Several batters reached double figures but couldn’t go on with the job, losing consistent wickets to be all out for 153. Paige Bailey took 3-18 from four overs in the 27 run win for Bankstown.

St George-Sutherland travelled to Raby to play Campbelltown-Camden, where the away side prevailed by six wickets after a comprehensive bowling performance. Wickets were shared amongst the Slayers bowling line-up with every bowler taking a scalp. Best figures belonged to Emily Mifsud who took 3-23 and Campbelltown-Camden were bowled out for 108.

In reply, St George-Sutherland achieved the winning target with plenty of overs to spare. Cailyn Fountain (35*) and Roxsanne Van-Veen (26) ensured the win.

In other results in second grade, Universities defeated Northern District by nine wickets; St-George-Sutherland overcame Campbelltown-Camden; Sydney beat Gordon by eight wickets, highlighted by the bowling of Darien Dubb-Lynch, who took 6-20; and despite the feats of her team mate, Melissa Halton returned the excellent figures of 6-3 for Parramatta in its win.

In third grade, Bankstown beat St George-Sutherland by six wickets and Universities Black defeated Gordon.