Teenager Anika Learoyd has added to her ever increasing runs tally this season in McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket with an unbeaten 145 for Northern District during its huge 150-run victory over Bankstown in round two of First Grade on Sunday.
It was the highly anticipated battle between two undefeated teams and Northern District pulled off an almost perfect performance, headlined by Learoyd’s century which guided her side to 3/335.
Learoyd, who top-scored for NSW in its victorious Women’s National Indigenous Championships Final last season, has been in unstoppable form of late.
She hit 78 in round one of the limited overs competition, which followed on from her superb T20 form where she was the second highest scorer of the shorter form tournament with 170 runs at 85. Her unbeaten century this round came off 135 balls, smashing 18 fours and one six.
Opening batter Grace Dignam also made a century in the win for Northern District scoring 115 from 127 balls, including 15 boundaries. The pair put on a third-wicket partnership of 184 after Learoyd had combined with allrounder Abbey Taylor (31) for 83.
Learoyd has also been selected in the ACT/NSW Country squad to compete at this season's Female Under 18 National Championships, as was the case last year.
Sydney Sixers left-arm finger spinner Alisha Bates took 3-23 from 10 overs for Northern District to help restrict Bankstown to 7/185. Fellow spinner Taylor took 1-31 from her 10 overs to secure the huge victory.
Twenty20 champions Universities smashed the highest total of the day, setting Penrith a huge 9/343 off the 50 overs. Erica James providing the highlight performance for the students, hitting 107 with 14 boundaries and cleared the rope four times.
James and Sophie Munro shared a fifth-wicket partnership of 148, the latter scoring 42. Universities were able to keep Penrith to 6/261, achieving an 82-run win. Kelsey Myers (67) top-scored for Penrith.
Sydney defeated defending champions Campbelltown-Camden by five runs in a thriller at Drummoyne Oval. Sydney were bowled out for 169 on the back of leg-spinner Clare Levings’ 3-36 from 10 overs and Clara Iemma’s 2-20 from seven overs.
Iemma, daughter of former NSW Premier Morris Iemma, then starred with the bat during the Ghosts’ run-chase, hitting 90 with 10 boundaries. However, it wasn’t enough as her side were bowled out for 164.
Gemma Lockhart took 2-18 from four overs for Sydney, along with Tiegan Kavanagh’s 2-20 from nine overs.
St George-Sutherland also recorded a narrow victory, beating Parramatta by 14 runs at Glenn McGrath Oval. Captain Cailyn Fountain was one of the key batters for the home side with 71 from 81 balls, featuring 10 fours and a six, guiding St George-Sutherland to 9/248.
Opening batter Joanne Kelly scored 52 from 83 balls to assist Fountain in a second-wicket partnership of 125. Pace bowler Naomi Woods took 4-48 for the Slayers to restrict Parramatta to 9/234 during the run chase.
Opener Kate Barry (54) and Sophie Vaughan (62) also made half-centuries for Parramatta. Vaughan’s innings added to her 3-43 with the ball.
Bankstown 10/119, defeated by Northern District, 9/135.
Gordon 0/24, defeated Penrith, 22.
Parramatta 2/278, defeated St George-Sutherland, 135.
Manly-Warringah 7/190, defeated Universities 67.
Campbelltown-Camden 4/89, defeated Sydney 88.
Manly-Warringah, defeated by Gordon, 7/211.
St George-Sutherland 160, defeated Bankstown 119.
Universities 7/165, defeated by Campbelltown-Camden, 6/175.