Several teams will be eager to grasp a win before the Christmas break in the combined First and Second Grade T20 competition with Bankstown and St George-Sutherland set to fight it out on Saturday for the Third Grade title.
In a top of the table match, Bankstown Sports host Gordon in the second round of the T20 competition where a number of quality performers will be on show.
Last Sunday Bankstown batter Laura Wright had no problems transferring her form from the longer formats to T20 cricket. Wright scored 64 not out in the win over Northern Districts to take her season’s tally to 277 runs at an average of 69.3 across all forms.
Her wicket will be top of the list for the Gordon bowlers, and Charlotte Anneveld may be the woman who snares the prize, after she picked up 3-10 against Campbelltown-Camden last weekend.
A win for Sydney against St George-Sutherland at Hurstville Oval will maintain its place in the top four of the competition and Jessica Marks will be pivotal to that cause.
Marks scored her second half century of the season in the opening round last Sunday. Her 54 from 50 balls was crucial to the successful run chase against Penrith.
Universities Gold are the other team who join Bankstown and Gordon on seven points in equal first, and will be confident of adding to that total against Campbelltown-Camden.
The Ghosts only have two wins to their name so far this season across all formats and the task doesn’t get any easier against the students.
Kate Owen and Erica James are the two batters that hold the key for Universities Gold. Both women performed with distinction last weekend with Owen making 51 not out, and James scoring 49 not out in the victory over Parramatta. Each woman averages 39.4 and 52.9 respectively in all forms this season.
In the other match to be played on Sunday, Parramatta meet Penrith to renew a traditional local rivalry. Both teams will be looking to open their account at Merrylands Oval.
First and second play off in the Grand Final of Third Grade when minor premiers Bankstown Sports play St George-Sutherland at Tonbridge Street Reserve.
The ability of Bankstown to score heavily and take numerous wickets has been pivotal to the success of the team this season and that was no more evident than in the semi-final against Gordon.
Bankstown dismissed Gordon for 67 in the 26th over to seal a very convincing 68 run win. Like she has done all season Zoha Siddiqi continued her happy knack of picking up wickets returning 4-10 to take her to 18 wickets at 5.17 for the season.
St George-Sutherland had a much tighter contest against Universities Black dismissing the students for 191 in the final over to win by three runs.
Alana Gillett was again in fine form in that match scoring 53 not out. Her and Lucy Armitage (51) both scoring fifties to help their team post 7/194.
Gillett then completed a match winning all-round performance with 2-45 and two run outs. A repeat of that on Saturday may go a long way to an upset victory over Bankstown.
In this round of the Under 17 Brewer Shield, Universities play Parramatta at McKay Oval, the second placed Sydney host Northern District, ladder leading Gordon plays St George-Sutherland, Penrith take on third placed Campbelltown-Camden, and Manly-Warringah are at home to Bankstown.