Bankstown Sports have capped off a brilliant season with their tenth win of the 2017-18 campaign and finished Minor Premiers of McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket for the first time since 2011-12.
The Minor Premiers defeated St George-Sutherland by four wickets on Sunday during a dramatic final round of the competition which saw a tie and some excellent performances by several Lendlease Breakers.
Breakers all-rounder Lisa Griffith was excellent for Penrith in its 86-run victory over Northern District. She scored 78 not out and bowled superbly to pick up 4-35.
Breakers team mate and all-rounder Naomi Stalenberg (77) also starred for the Panthers in the win.
Campbelltown-Camden defied its last position on the ladder to tie with Universities in an incredible result.
Griffith showed all her class in an outstanding performance at Mark Taylor Oval.
Her 118-run partnership with Stalenberg in the first innings guided Penrith to 4/249 from its allocated 50 overs.
Sydney Thunder bowler and Northern District captain Sam Bates returned best bowling figures of 2-36 for the home side. Breakers off-spinner Lauren Smith (0-51) went wicketless.
Griffith was then as economical as she was threatening with the ball striking four times for the Panthers. She conceded less than four runs per over throughout her 10 overs.
Stalenberg also collected 1-22 and Alana Ryan returned 2-17 for the Panthers. Breakers batter Mikayla Hinkley was terrific in the field. She took three catches.
Kirsten Smith (56) provided the only highlight for Northern District with the bat. The next highest score was Lauren Smith (21).
Penrith finished the season eleven points outside the top four in fifth position.
Universities posted 196 in its first innings where wicketkeeper-batter Maddy Darke (59) led the way. Olivia Porter also batted well down the order with 47 from 46 balls.
Several Ghosts’ bowlers chipped in with wickets. Dharmini Chauhan (2-12), Hannah Darlington (2-38), Clara Iemma (2-38) and Yardley Poulsen all picked up two wickets each.
In reply, the Ghosts made the perfect start and an 86-run opening partnership between Stefanie Daffara (52) and Iemma (45) began the chase on the right foot.
Despite the loss of two wickets, Campbelltown-Camden looked destined for an amazing upset at 2/136 until the dismissal of Daffara. From that point on, the Ghosts lost 8/60 to finish tied with the second-placed students.
Campbelltown-Camden captain and Breakers’ Hannah Trethewy (48) was also a vital scalp for Universities when she departed with the score on 186 and allowed the students to escape with the tie.
Teresa Graves (4-20) claimed best figures for the students. Breakers young fast bowler Carly Leeson (2-27) was also impressive for Universities.
St George-Sutherland opener and wicketkeeper Joanne Kelly (74) was impressive for the Slayers in a beaten side against the Minor Premiers.
An excellent all-round performance by Rhiannon Dick, who claimed 2-30, and scored 63 at the top of the order was central to the Bankstown Sports victory.
Her efforts with the ball along with Claire Lennon (3-23) and Samantha Devlin (2-33) helped contain St George-Sutherland to 180.
Despite another three wickets to leading wicket taker in McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket, Emily Mifsud (3-25), Bankstown found a way to 6/181 after losing 4-20 as it neared victory.
Bankstown batter Madeline Penna (53) also made her fourth half-century of the season in the chase.
The Minor Premiers finished eight points clear of Universities in second place.
St George-Sutherland meets Bankstown Sports again in the semi-finals next Sunday after it finished in fourth position seven points behind Gordon, who defeated Sydney comprehensively by eight wickets.
Gordon bowler Emma Doutreband (5-16) claimed her second five-wicket haul of the season and equalled her best figures for the season as Sydney was bowled out for just 86.
Doutreband has collected 21 wickets at 15.2 during the 2017-18 campaign.
Isabella Fitzgibbon (2-10) was among a number of bowlers to provide good support to Doutreband in putting the clamps on the Sydney innings. Breakers young gun Saskia Horley (1-18), Shannon Heath (1-20) and Claire Jones (1-4) all contributed.
The bowling performance by Doutreband set the foundation for an emphatic victory to the hosts.
The home side reached the winning target in the 18th over. Captain and opener Hannah Trollip scored 38 not out from 40 balls as her team achieved the win comfortably
Gordon finished the regular season competition in third position, five points adrift of Universities, who it plays next week in the semi-finals.
In the final round of Second Grade, Campbelltown-Camden were dismissed for 27 and went down by 10 wickets to Universities. St George-Sutherland overcame eventual minor premiers Parramatta by 48 runs at Sutherland Oval, Gordon defeated Sydney by 64 runs, and Bankstown Sports lost by nine wickets to Northern District after it was dismissed the visitors for 61.
In the final two rounds of the Third Grade T20 competition, Bankstown won both of its matches against Universities Gold, Campbelltown-Camden lost both of its matches against Gordon, and St George-Sutherland overcame North West Sydney twice to finish on top of the competition ladder. Universities Blue had the bye.
In the opening two rounds of the Under 17 Brewer Shield T20 competition, Gordon and Sydney had two wins, while St George-Sutherland and Northern District had a win a piece.