Super star Australian wicketkeeper-batter and NSW Breakers captain Alyssa Healy and Women’s national vice-captain Rachael Haynes are both available to play their first Premier Cricket matches of the season, during rounds seven and eight of McDonald’s Women’s NSW Premier Cricket, this Sunday.
Three T20 double headers are scheduled to cover two rounds of the competition, as well as an additional stand-alone limited overs game which is part of round seven. They are the first Women's Premier Cricket rounds after the Christmas and New Year break.
Healy is expected to feature in the stand alone limited-overs fixture alongside Haynes as their Sydney side takes on table-topping Northern District at Birchgrove Oval.
The pair both made half-centuries at the top of the order in a convincing 87-run WNCL win over Queensland at Hurstville Oval during the week.
The Breakers and Sydney Sixers keeper-batter has played 73 One Day International matches, Healy scoring 1,638 runs at an average just above 32, taken 53 catches and affected 19 stumpings.
In the T20 International arena, Healy has scored 1,809 runs at a strike rate of 130, including a world record 148 not out from 61 balls against Sri Lanka at North Sydney Oval on 2 October.
Healy has also represented Australia in four Test matches.
The 29-year-old was in solid form with the bat for the Sixers during the recent Women’s Big Bash League season, playing in all 14 matches and scoring 383 runs, striking the ball at an outstanding 155.69, with a top score of 106 not out.
Haynes, 33, has played 57 ODIs for Australia, hitting 1614 runs at an average just over 34, and a highest score of 118.
The left-handed top order batter has also represented Australia in five Test matches, scoring 293 runs at a 32.55 average and a top score of 98, and her T20 International record is also very respectable, scoring 527 runs at a strike rate of nearly 120.
Haynes played 12 WBBL games this season for the Sydney Thunder captaining in every one.
Opponents Northern District, top of the table having only lost one game this season, will include Breakers and Sixers allrounder Lauren Smith who will captain the side.
Smith scored a superb 105 during the draw with Campbelltown-Camden in the middle of December. She scored 51 the previous week in the victory over Paramatta, which was her first Premier Cricket match of the season after WBBL duty with the Sixers.
Bankstown host Penrith at Bankstown Oval for a double header of T20 matches. Breakers and Thunder trio of keeper-batter Phoebe Litchfield, batter Naomi Stalenberg, and allrounder Lisa Griffith have been named to take the field for Penrith.
Litchfield made an impressive 44 from 40 balls in the win over Queensland at Hurstville.
Stalenberg smashed 160 from 125 balls last round during the win over Sydney.
Campbelltown-Camden take on Universities at Raby Oval 1 for another double header of T20 fixtures. The Universities line-up will consist of Breakers and Sixers duo, batter Maddy Darke and fast-bowler Stella Campbell, as well as NSW and Thunder allrounder Rachel Trenaman.
Trenaman top scored with an unbeaten 40 from 32 balls during the successful run chase against Bankstown last round, in what was only her second Premier Cricket match of the season.
Gordon play Parramatta at Chatswood Oval in the other T20 double-header. Breakers and Thunder allrounder Saskia Horley is available to take the field for Gordon.
Breakers and Sixers teenage allrounder Hayley Silver-Holmes, 16, is available for Parramatta after taking an impressive 3-18 from eight overs in the win over Queensland.
She was also the star of the last round win for Parramatta over top of the table Northern District as she took 2-24 with the ball and then hit a top score of 43 during the successful run chase.
The Third-Grade T20 competition kicks-off this Saturday. The round one fixtures include St George-Sutherland against UTS North Sydney, Universities playing Bankstown, and Gordon taking on Campbelltown-Camden.