The opening round of the Women’s First-Grade season took place on Sunday, featuring a Grand Final rematch from last season between Campbelltown-Camden and Gordon, and a massive win achieved by Northern District.
Last season’s decider was abandoned without a ball being bowled, with Campbelltown-Camden being crowned champions after topping the table, however the two teams were finally able to play out a full match on this occasion. Campbelltown-Camden came out on top, proving that their title last season was well earned.
The defending champions were bowled out for 181, Isabella Greig top scoring with 70 from 83 balls, including seven fours and a six. The innings proved pivotal in guiding her side to a respectable total, as they were able to bowl Gordon out for 134 and achieving a solid 47-run victory.
The Gordon chase was crushed by Siddiqi taking 4-22 from 10 overs, and Clare Levings with the best figures of 4-13 from six overs for Campbelltown-Camden.
The performance of the day was from Northern District who defeated Sydney by a massive 132 runs at Mark Taylor Oval. The in-form Anika Learoyd, who was the second highest run-scorer in the T20 competition, top scored for Northern District with 78 from 107 balls, including nine boundaries.
Learoyd combined with Sydney Sixers allrounder Alisha Bates for a fifth-wicket partnership of 50 runs, before sharing a sixth-wicket stand of 60 with Sarah Turner, helping their side to a total of 9/233.
Sydney’s batting line-up were rattled from start to finish, being bowled out for 101. New ACT Meteors spinner Isabelle Afaras was the pick of the Northern District bowlers, taking 3-31 from seven overs. Sixers spin-bowling pair Alisha Bates and Abbey Taylor took 2-2 and 2-18 respectively to hand Sydney a crushing defeat.
T20 champions Universities defeated St George by three wickets at Glenn McGrath Oval, despite losing T20 tournament stars Bess Heath and Olivia Porter fairly early during their innings. St George-Sutherland was limited to 8/193 from the 50 overs thanks to Breakers allrounder Rachel Trenaman’s 3-32 from 10 overs.
The students chased down this score with 10 overs still remaining with Lara Graham hitting an unbeaten 76 batting at number seven. Graham came in with her side reeling at 5/58 before guiding the students to a superb victory.
Merrylands Park featured Bankstown recording a dominant eight-wicket victory over Parramatta. Bankstown off-spinner Samantha Devlin took the only five-wicket haul of the round with an impressive performance of 5-7 from 5.3 overs to knock Parramatta over for only 124 in just over 25 overs.
Bankstown were able to pass this score with ease, taking the win in under 30 overs.
Bankstown, 8/177, defeated Parramatta, 8/176.
Gordon, 144, defeated by Campbelltown-Camden, 4/145.
Manly-Warringah, 196, defeated Penrith, 10/135.
Sydney, 122, defeated by Northern District, 5/123.
Bankstown, 4/135, defeated Universities, 134.
Gordon, 2/213, defeated Manly-Warringah, 9/168.
St George-Sutherland, 3/180, defeated Campbelltown-Camden, 76.