A match winning performance by New South Wales Breakers’ Lisa Griffith has stolen some of the limelight from two of the world’s best female cricketers in action during round nine of the McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket.

The Penrith all-rounder was excellent on Sunday against Universities scoring a vital 56 not out in the successful run chase to go with 1-41 from her allotted 10 overs.

Universities’ had posted an underwhelming 152 all out in the first innings. Indian super star and member of the Sydney Thunder squad, Harmanpreet Kaur, scored 32 opening the batting for the students, with her and Kate Owen (55), the only two batters to make double figures.

West Indian all-rounder Stafanie Taylor was the best of the Penrith bowlers taking 4-15 from her 10 overs. Sarah Coyte also made a successful return to McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket, picking up figures of 2-20 for the Panthers. 

Universities’ needed early wickets, and although the Panthers were 2/33 after the loss of Taylor for 7, together with Alana Ryan (32) and Nerida Gregory (24), Griffith provided the stability the Panthers needed to get them home.

Gordon handed Bankstown Sports its second loss of the season to move into the top four largely thanks to the batting of Shannon Heath. The middle order player scored 89 from 120 balls faced to pass the 5/222 posted by Bankstown with under four overs to spare. Taryn Heddo (48) also made an important contribution down the list.  

The win to Gordon slightly overshadowed the marvellous all-round display produced by Rhiannon Dick. She made her second First Grade century in the first innings, amassing 114 not out.

Dick then added figures of 2-29 and the run out of the dangerous Heidi Cheadle to complete a stellar performance on the losing side of the ledger. Despite the loss, Bankstown remain six points clear of St George-Sutherland at the top of the table.

The Slayers sealed up second spot with an emphatic 81-run victory over Sydney at Hurstville Oval.

The bowling of Emily Mifsud was sublime in the second innings, as Sydney was bowled out for 87. The first change bowler for St George-Sutherland took 5-19 picking up the last four Tigers’ wickets. Renee Farrell 2-20, Nicola Carey 1-15, and Clare Crewdson 1-12 were also very good.

Northern District prevailed in a low-scoring encounter against Campbelltown-Camden with the foundation for the three-wicket win laid by Kirsten Smith, who scored 53 opening the batting in the run chase.

The Miller sisters peeled off dual centuries for Parramatta in second grade, in a mammoth total of 3/326, which saw the home side defeat Gordon by 261 runs after the visitors were bowled out for 61. Kelsey scored 106 opening the batting for Parramatta and Rebecca bettered that with 127 at No. 4.

The hundred to Kelsey added to her phenomenal record at the top of the order this season of 595 runs at an average of 119.

In other results, Universities defeated Northern District by two runs.

In third grade, all matches resulted in draws due to wet weather. North West Sydney drew with Campbelltown-Camden, Gordon drew with Bankstown, St George-Sutherland drew with Universities Blue and Universities Black had the bye. The results mean Bankstown are again scheduled to play Gordon in the semi-finals, and St George Sutherland host Universities Black in the other semi-final.

Campbelltown-Camden have gone to first position in the Under 17 Brewer Shield after defeating Northern District by 100 runs. Manly-Warringah lost to St George-Sutherland by 13 runs, Penrith were all out for 20 against Parramatta going down by 129 runs, Gordon were even more emphatic bowling out Bankstown for 39 and winning by 207 runs, and Universities were all out for 52 losing by 105 runs to Sydney.