This Sunday marks the fourth and final round of the McDonald's Women’s Premier Cricket First-Grade T20 competition with one last push for a few teams to reach the final next weekend. The top team from each conference will playoff in the decider.
As per the previous round there are three matches scheduled for the day, with one in the Sixers Conference and two more in the Thunder Conference.
Universities take on Bankstown in the Thunder Conference at David Phillips South.
Bankstown are sitting at the bottom of the conference and are well and truly out of the race to the final. Universities are however in the box seat at the top of the table and a victory here would guarantee their place in the decider.
Batter Bess Heath is expected to line-up for the students. She is the competition’s top run scorer with bang on 100 runs at an average of the same figure, having only been dismissed once so far this season.
The other Thunder Conference fixture will feature Penrith playing Parramatta at Howell Oval.
Penrith are no chance of playing in the final, however their opponents are still alive. Parramatta can reach the final with a victory here but will need Universities to suffer a loss in the other match to have any chance.
Penrith will once again be captained by Samantha Arnold who was the second highest run-scorer in the combined first and second-grade T20 competition in 2018-19.
Kate Barry is expected to take the field for Parramatta in this must win match. Barry is the second highest run scorer with a tally of 98, just two behind Heath. She scored what proved to be a crucial 51 from 50 balls during the 27-run victory over Campbelltown-Camden last Sunday.
The lone Sixers Conference fixture will see Northern District play Gordon at Mark Taylor Oval. Sydney are currently top of the table but have a bye this weekend.
It’s a must win match for Northern District who will guarantee themselves a berth in the final if they achieve victory. If they go down then Sydney will hold on to make the final.
Gordon are bottom of the table and out of the race but can certainly do Sydney a huge favour.
NSW Indigenous Women's representative Anika Learoyd has been named for Northern District and she will likely be the key player in guiding them to the final as the team’s top run scorer. She has 89 runs over the previous two games at 44.50.
Learoyd was pivotal to a 12th consecutive Female National Indigenous title for NSW last season scoring 60 not out from 42 balls in the victorious final.
Two of the four second-grade T20 matches to be played this Sunday will serve as openers to the corresponding first-grade fixtures at the same ground.
Penrith take on Parramtta at Howell Oval in the morning before the same sides do battle at first-grade level later that afternoon.
Universities play Bankstown at David Phillips South as an opener to the same first-grade fixture later in the day.
The remaining two fixtures are standalone matches, with Gordon playing St George-Sutherland at Chatswood Oval, and Manly-Warringah taking on Sydney at Manly Oval.
The third-grade 40 overs aside fixtures will include Gordon playing Bankstown, Universities up against St George-Sutherland, and Campbelltown-Camden taking on Manly-Warringah.