Northern District remain undefeated in the McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket Combined First and Second Grade T20 and sit at the top of the ladder after three rounds of the competition.
Kirsten Smith made the highest score of rounds two and three on Sunday in one of the two victories for Northern District across both fixtures.
Smith made 73 not out from 62 balls and combined with Sydney Sixers’ off-spinning allrounder Lauren Smith (35 not out) for an unbeaten partnership of 105 in a 23-run victory against Bankstown Sports.
Lauren Smith starred again in the second win for her club on Sunday against Universities Blue. She scored 58 not out and claimed 2-18 in the 31-run victory. Tiegan Kavangah also collected 3-22 for Northern District in the win.
Opening batter for Sydney, Naomi MacDonald, made the third half-century across all matches on Sunday. She posted 54 not out from 34 balls in her side’s nine-wicket victory over Gordon Red.
Sydney also defeated Universities Gold by eight wickets later in the day.
Although her team lost both of their matches, Carly Leeson (37) top-scored for the students against Northern District and it capped off a solid day for the NSW Breakers and Sixers allrounder.
She also made 40 and collected 3/21 from her four overs in a 22-run loss to Gordon Blue, who won both of its matches on Sunday. Captain Hannah Trollip (44) top-scored for the Gordon side in the victory over the students.
Gordon Blue off-spinner Isabella Fitzgibbon claimed the best figures of any bowler in rounds two and three on Sunday.
Fitzgibbon returned 4-7 from two overs in an eight wicket win over Bankstown, who were bundled out for 95. Her Gordon team mate and, Sydney Thunder off-spinning allrounder, Saskia Horley also made 39 not out and returned 2-19 in that victory.
Under 18 Cricket Australia XI batter Phoebe Litchfield performed well in both matches for Parramatta on Sunday.
She made 42 from 41 balls in a six-wicket victory over St George-Sutherland in the first match for Parramatta on Sunday and, followed that performance with 48 not out from 51 deliveries in a seven-wicket loss to Penrith.
Litchfield has made 179 runs at an average of 44.8 in five matches across all forms for Parramatta this season.
Thunder and NSW Breakers allrounder Naomi Stalenberg was a stand-out performer for Penrith in each of its two wins over Campbelltown-Camden and Parramatta.
She scored 41 from 37 balls and claimed 2-11 in the win against the youthful Parramatta side that currently leads the McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket First Grade competition.
Stalenberg also returned 2-11 in a 30-run victory over Campbelltown-Camden. Penrith captain and, Breakers batter, Mikayla Hinkley scored 42 from 39 balls and took three catches in that win for the Panthers.
Thunder Academy player Emma Hughes also claimed 2-10 in that victory for Penrith.
Yardley Polsen claimed 4-24 from four overs in the loss for Campbelltown-Camden.
However, Campbelltown-Camden bounced back later in the day. It overcame St George-Sutherland in a tight match at Raby Oval No. 1.
Despite a solid 48 not out from as many balls from Slayers captain Cailyn Fountain, Campbelltown-Camden won on the final ball of the match with two wickets in hand.
Breakers and Thunder quick bowler, Belinda Vakarewa, returned the tidy figures of 2-14 for the Ghosts.
Her Breakers and Thunder team mate, Rene Farrell, collected 2-9 for St George-Sutherland.
The Slayers lost both of their matches on Sunday. It went down by six wickets to Parramatta earlier in the day.
Sydney Sixers allrounder Hayley Silver-Holmes, 15, provided good support for Litchfield during that victory. The teenager made 34 not out from 24 balls.
On Saturday, in third grade, St George-Sutherland defeated Manly-Warringah by 100 runs away from home, Gordon defeated Universities Blue by 130 and, Campbelltown- Camden went down to Bankstown by 106 runs. Universities Blue had the bye.