The race to finish in the all-important top four of the McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket Combined First and Second Grade T20 intensifies this Sunday as the competition passes the half-way point.
In a first for the competition, the second match of the double-header at Merrylands Oval between Parramatta and Gordon Red will be broadcast live on community radio. The match will be aired on Alive 90.5fm.
After two bye rounds last Sunday, Parramatta also meet Bankstown Sports in its other match at home.
The Combined T20 enters rounds eight and nine this Sunday with four NSW Breakers available for their clubs.
Breakers batter Mikayla Hinkley will lead Penrith against Universities Blue. She has been in good form with the bat during the competition posting 170 runs from five matches at a strike rate of 150.4.
The match against Universities Blue is the only game for Penrith on Sunday and the first of back-to-back matches at the Village Green.
Universities Blue host St George-Sutherland in the afternoon at the same venue. Sydney Sixers and Breakers opening batter Tahlia Wilson will be available to return for the Slayers in this match.
Wilson is the leading run-scorer in the McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket. She has made 194 runs from two matches and, been dismissed just the once, in the one-day format for St George-Sutherland this season.
Emerging fast bowler for the Sixers, 16-year-old Stella Campbell, joins her BBL team mate and Breakers allrounder Carly Leeson, in the Universities Blue squad for the double-header at Village Green.
Campbell and Wilson both represented the Australian Under 19 team that claimed the Emerging Women Tri-Series held in South Africa during April.
Australia defeated the South Africa Emerging Women in the final. An England Women’s Academy was the third team involved in the series.
Campbelltown-Camden will feature in the first of the back-to-back matches to be held at Mark Taylor Oval on Sunday.
Breakers reserve wicketkeeper-batter Hannah Trethewy will lead the Ghosts against Northern District.
Northern District hosts Universities Gold in the later match at Mark Taylor Oval.
Parramatta has seven players in its squad for the double-header at Merrylands Oval, who have been selected for various teams to compete at the Under 18 Female National Championships in January.
Opening batter Elise Noble, leg-spinner Isabella Malgioglio and Kristen McCormack have all been named for NSW Metro. Top-order batter Sarah Young will represent ACT/NSW Country.
Emerging talent Phoebe Litchfield, wicketkeeper-batter Molly Godsell and opening bowler Kate Peterson have each been selected for the Cricket Australia XI at the Under 18 national titles.
Sydney meet the current ladder leaders Gordon Blue at Drummoyne Oval on Sunday morning in the first match of a double-header that also features the Sixers Conference semi-final of the men’s Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup.
The men’s semi-final will see defending champions Sydney host Sutherland.
On Saturday, the Third Grade competition enters the semi-finals stage. Minor premiers Gordon host Manly-Warringah at Forsyth Park No. 1, while the second-placed St George-Sutherland are at home Campbelltown-Camden, who finished third.
Alive 90.5fm will live broadcast the Combined First and Second Grade T20 match between Parramatta and Gordon Red at Merrylands Oval on Sunday at 2pm.
If you would like to catch all the action, this is how you can tune in:
Radio – 90.5fm
Apps – Alive 90.5fm app or any Radio app