Northern District avenged its loss to Universities in the T20 decider by defeating the students in a rematch during round three of the Women’s First-Grade season on Sunday.

It was the much-anticipated battle between the only two undefeated sides at David Phillips South, and now Northern District is the clear team to beat after three rounds.

Batter Anika Learoyd was once again the star performer for Northern District achieving victory, hitting an unbeaten 64 from 77 balls during the first innings, including five fours and a six, allowing her side to reach 4/267 from the 50 overs. Sarah Turner scored 52 from 70 balls, along with Sydney Sixers allrounder Alisha Bates who made 50 from 73 balls.

Finger-spinning allrounder Abbey Taylor was the key performer for Northern District in keeping the students to 8/251, taking 4-39 from 10 overs. Fellow spinner Bates took a scalp, along with Maddison McGuigan’s 2-27 from six overs. 

Bess Heath, like Learoyd, continued her unstoppable form this season from the T20 tournament, smashing 72 from just 49 balls with eight fours and three sixes. Universities captain Olivia Porter, who also dominated the T20 competition, top scored for the students with 74 from 98 balls. 

Campbelltown-Camden bowled Penrith out for 194 before taking victory by five wickets. This season’s top wicket-taker leg-spinner Clare Levings continued her superb form by claiming 3-27 from 10 overs for the Ghosts, taking her season tally to 10 wickets from three games. Zoha Siddiqi took 3-41 from her 10 overs and is now equal second on the wicket table.

The Ghosts reached Penrith’s total in just over 44 overs, led by former Sydney Thunder keeper-batter Hannah Trethewy’s 53 from 85 balls, with eight fours and a six. Trethewy and opener Kayla Burton (49 from 86 balls), shared a second-wicket partnership of 114.

Penrith captain Sam Arnold also passed fifty with 57 from 51 balls at the top of the order.

Bankstown was dismissed for 215 by Gordon, going on to win by 36 runs. Sue Fairhurst made 87 from 102 balls for Bankstown, including 13 boundaries and a six.

Spinner Rhiannon Dick was the pick of the bowlers for Bankstown taking 3-29 from 9.1 overs, the key in bowling Gordon out for 179.

Sydney defeated St George-Sutherland by three wickets at Glenn McGrath Oval. The joint venture were restricted to 8/116 before Sydney reached the total inside 34 overs, despite losing seven wickets in the process.

St George-Sutherland spinner Jaclyn Vickery claimed 4-24 from her allotted 10 overs.

Second Grade:

Gordon 109, defeated by Bankstown, 8/110.

Manly-Warringah 119, defeated Campbelltown-Camden, 97.

Northern District 1/114, defeated Universities, 7/111.

Sydney 125, defeated by St George-Sutherland, 3/126.

Penrith, defeated by Parramatta.

Third Grade:

Manly-Warringah 7/121, defeated Campbelltown-Camden, 120.

St George-Sutherland 1/119, defeated Universities, 7/91.

Bankstown 7/176, defeated Gordon, 5/151.