Several New South Wales Breakers will return to McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket for the second and third rounds of the Combined First and Second Grade T20 competition on Sunday.
Stand-in Breakers captain and Sydney Thunder spearhead, Rene Farrell, will be among 12 Breakers players in action, as they prepare for the start of the Women’s Big Bash League on December 1-2, with the Sydney Sixers and Thunder.
Farrell has been named for St George-Sutherland in both matches for her club on Sunday against Parramatta and Campbelltown-Camden at Raby Sports Complex.
She is joined by Breakers team mate and Sixers’ player Tahlia Wilson, 19, in the St George-Sutherland squad.
Wilson last week made her debut for the Breakers in the WNCL against Western Australia.
Sixers’ seamer Sarah Aley was the equal leading wicket taker at the end of WBBL|03 and the former Australian medium pacer will be a key inclusion for Bankstown in its double header against Northern District and Gordon Blue.
Aley claimed 23 wickets in the WBBL last season at an average of 15.69, equal with English seam bowler Katherine Brunt, and was pivotal to the Sixers taking out the title.
After a loss to Northern District in the first round, Penrith will be bolstered by the return of three Breakers to its squad for the double-header against Campbelltown-Camden and, a local derby against Parramatta, at Raby.
Breakers’ batter Mikayla Hinkley will captain Penrith in both matches. She will be joined by Breakers team mates and Sydney Thunder allrounders, Lisa Griffith and Naomi Stalenberg.
Griffith this week extended her contract with the Thunder for a further two years.
A rediscovery of the form she showed for the Otago Sparks in the Women’s T20 Super Smash in New Zealand will be a big boost for Penrith in search of their first win of the Combined T20 competition.
Griffith claimed six wickets in four matches for the Sparks during her short time in New Zealand in late October. Wilson also played in that tournament and was the wicketkeeper, batter for Auckland Hearts.
Thunder Academy player and, Basil Sellers Scholar, Emma Hughes, will also play for Penrith this Sunday.
Campbelltown-Camden feature three Breakers in its squad selected for its double-header at Raby against Penrith and St George-Sutherland.
Wicketkeeper, batter Hannah Trethewy will captain the side in both matches. Fast bowlers Lauren Cheatle and Belinda Vakarewa are the other two Breakers in the Campbelltown-Camden squad for the two matches on Sunday.
Cheatle is also contracted with Sixers for the upcoming WBBL|04 campaign, while Vakarewa is a part of the Thunder squad.
Talented Thunder allrounder Hannah Darlington is also in the Campbelltown-Camden squad for Sunday along with Sixers batter Clara Iemma.
Breakers and Sixers off-spinning allrounder Lauren Smith has been named in the Northern District squad for their two matches against Bankstown and Universities Blue.
Universities Blue started its T20 campaign with a win last weekend against Sydney and will look to continue its winning ways against Gordon Blue and Northern District.
Breakers and Sixers allrounder Carly Leeson claimed three wickets in the opening round win and will again be important to the prospects of Universities Blue in rounds two and three on Sunday.
Promising 16-year-old fast bowler Stella Campbell will join Leeson in the Universities Blue squad for both matches, as well as Australian Under 19 representative Maddy Darke, who scored 81 not out from 71 balls during the win last Sunday.
Bankstown Sports batter Madeline Penna was the other stand out last weekend. She made 85 from 52 balls in her side’s 113-run win over Gordon Red.
Campbell recently signed her first contract with the Sixers alongside another promising star of the future, 15-year-old allrounder Hayley Silver-Holmes.
Silver-Holmes is the captain of the youthful Parramatta side that currently leads the McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket First Grade competition.
Parramatta play St George-Sutherland and Penrith on Sunday.
Gordon Blue play Universities Blue and Bankstown Sports in its double header. Teenage allrounder for the Thunder and Breakers, Saskia Horley, 18, has been named for Gordon in both matches.
In other matches, Sydney meet Gordon Red and Universities Gold in a double header at Drummoyne Oval.
On Saturday, in third grade, Manly-Warringah host St George-Sutherland, Gordon meet Universities Gold at Forsyth Park No. 1 and Campbelltown-Camden are away to Bankstown. Universities Blue have the bye.