With the Women’s National Cricket League in full swing the opening round of McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket will provide a platform for the some of the best young players in the state on Sunday.

Campbelltown-Camden’s 16-year-old star Hannah Darlington with come up against NSW Under 18 team mate Tahlia Wilson, who has moved to St George-Sutherland.

Darlington has just signed for Sydney Thunder’s Women’s Big Bash League team as the first graduate of the Thunder’s WBBL academy.

She has had an impressive twelve months taking 10-wickets and scoring 120-runs for the Cricket Australia XI at the Under 18 National Championships after also captaining the NSW Under 15 side.

Wilson is a teenage member of the Breakers’ squad and a promising wicket-keeper.

Alex Blackwell previews McDonald's Women's Premier Cricket round 1.


It will also be the battle of the teenagers when Universities take on Bankstown

Ash Day, who has moved from Penrith to Universities this season, and Carly Leeson, who is a member of the Sydney Sixers WBBL squad, will take on fellow NSW Under 18 players Maddie Penna and Prue Roebuck.

Reigning premiers Gordon will begin their season against Northern District at Mark Taylor Oval.

Gordon’s Hannah Trollip will again by the danger player after winning the Kingsgrove Sports First Grade Player of the Year and being the leading run scorer in all forms of the game last season.

Runners up the Sydney Rangers will be away to Penrith.

Round 1

Penrith v Sydney at Howell Oval             

Northern District v Gordon at Mark Taylor Oval              

Universities v Bankstown Sports at David Phillips South                

Campbelltown-Camden v St George-Sutherland  at Raby Oval #1