This Sunday marks the opening round of the McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket combined First and Second Grade T20 competition, with a number of players looking to make the most of their opportunity in the top grade.
Among those players include the Miller sisters, who have both been in dominant form and lead the run-scorers in Second Grade this season.
Big-hitting opener Kelsey Miller is the run-away leader with 595 runs at an average of 119.00 and a highest score of 237 not out. Her sister, Rebecca, trails by 331 runs with 264 for the season averaging 66 and a highest score of 127.
Parramatta are away to Universities Gold on Sunday, while the second team represented by the students, Universities Blue plays St George-Sutherland.
Vital to the Slayers’ prospects is the wicket-taking ability of Emily Mifsud. She averages 16.08 with the ball after picking up 13 wickets for the season.
Leading wicket taker in Second Grade, Taylah Knight, will also get her opportunity to mix it with some of the better players of the McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket. She has 18 wickets to her name at 11.89 in the second tier.
Emma Newman will be looking to convert her limited-overs form which has seen her lead the wicket takers for the McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket, as Bankstown Sports travel to Mark Taylor Oval to play Northern District.
Newman has returned 15 wickets at 17.33 this season and her bowling will be key to deciding who wins the contest, as will the batting capabilities of Kristine Britt for Northern District.
In other matches, Campbelltown-Camden will be looking for a change of fortunes against Gordon at Chatswood Oval after starting the season with one win from nine games, and Penrith host Sydney at Howell Oval.
It is semi-final time in the Third Grade limited-overs competition after Bankstown finished in first position, pitching them against Gordon in the first of the knock-out matches.
Bankstown’s Zoha Siddiqi is the leading wicket taker for the season in third grade and Gordon will need to negate her knack of picking up regular scalps to be any chance of beating the minor premiers. Siddiqi has taken 14 wickets at 5.93 during the campaign, striking every 12th delivery she bowls.
In the other semi-final, St George-Sutherland play Universities Black. Leading run-scorer during the season, Shebani Bhaskar, will be an important wicket for the Slayers, as will Erica James, who is second on the list.
Bhaskar has scored 287 runs for the campaign at an astonishing average of 143.40, including five half-centuries. James has been just as impressive with 286 runs at 71.50.
In the Under 17 Brewer Shield, Bankstown play Universities at Jensen Oval, Parramatta host St George-Sutherland, Northern District travel west to play Penrith, Gordon are at home to Campbelltown-Camden, and Manly-Warringah play Sydney at Manly Oval.