The last round of regular season matches for McDonald’s NSW Women’s Premier Cricket takes place on Sunday, featuring the final battle for a place in the top four and the semi-finals next weekend.
Former Australian and current NSW Breakers seam-bowling allrounder Sarah Aley is available for Bankstown as they take on Campbelltown-Camden at Bankstown Oval.
Aley took 3-24 two weeks ago during the match against Sydney. Aley was also the top performer with the bat for Bankstown, smashing 40 from 34 balls.
No Women's Premier Cricket was held last Sunday due to the Women's T20 World Cup Final held at the MCG.
This fixture is a must win occasion for Campbelltown-Camden as they are four points outside the top four in fifth place and have to achieve victory if they are any chance at stealing fourth spot, and a semi-finals berth.
Fourth-placed Northern District were on fire for the first half of this season, leading the table for most of the competition, but now face a crucial matchup against Gordon at Mark Taylor Oval, where a loss could see them slip outside the top four if Campbelltown-Camden defeat Bankstown.
Northern District’s squad consists of a handful of rising stars, including young ACT Meteors off-spinner Isabelle Afaras, teenage Sixers contracted spinning-allrounder Alisha Bates, and 17-year-old sensation Anika Learoyd.
Learoyd continues to lead the run-scorers this season, hitting 371 runs from 10 innings, at a 46.38 average and a top score of 145 not out.
Breakers and Thunder allrounder Saskia Horley is available for Gordon, which had the bye last week. Horley scored a half-century and claimed a wicket during the previous round against Bankstown.
Top of the table Sydney host Parramatta at Drummoyne Oval. Sydney will secure the top spot with a victory in this match.
Former England batter Jenny Gunn is expected to line-up for Sydney once again after hitting 73 from 86 balls during the victory over Bankstown last round.
Third-placed Penrith take on St George-Sutherland at Howell Oval. Breakers and Thunder allrounder Naomi Stalenberg has been named for Penrith.
Stalenberg is second on this season’s run-scoring table with 351 runs from seven innings at an astounding average of 117, striking the ball at just under 125 and a top score of 160 not out.
Penrith can secure third spot with a victory in this game and will therefore play an away semi-final next Sunday.
Second-placed Universities have the bye.
The last round of the Second-Grade regular season on Sunday consists of a match between Penrith and fourth-placed St George-Sutherland at Cook Park, where the Slayers must win to cement their top four spot.
Campbelltown-Camden host fifth-placed Northern District at Raby Oval No. 1. Northern District could steal fourth spot with a win.
The other matches include Sydney playing Gordon at Ryde Oval, Universities taking on Bankstown at David Phillips Memorial Fields, and Parramatta hosting Manly-Warringah at Old Kings Oval.
The Semi-Finals of the Third-Grade T20 season on Saturday feature St George-Sutherland hosting Universities and Gordon at home to Bankstown.
Under 18 Brewer Shield semi-finals also take place on Sunday. First-placed Sydney host Northern District and second-placed Gordon play St George-Sutherland who finished third on the table.