Parramatta and Penrith were involved in an exciting Twenty 20 tie at Merrylands Oval in McDonald’s Women's Premier Cricket on Sunday.

The hosts posted 4/133 batting first with Kelsey Miller continuing her dominant form making 40 opening the innings. Kate Peterson (31 not out) and Elise Noble (34 not out) also made valuable contributions. Samantha Arnold (2-23) was best of the Penrith bowlers.

In reply, Penrith looked as though they were going along nicely before openers Rebecca Cady (20) and Nerida Gregory (31) were both dismissed one after the other with the score at 59.

The Panthers then lost consistent wickets including Kate Jackson (22) and Hannah Faux (21), but found a way to tie the scores at 7/133. Wickets were shared amongst the Parramatta bowlers with Isabella Malgioglio returning the best figures of 2-21, including the vital scalp of Gregory.

Gordon maintained its place at the top of the table with a win over Bankstown Sports.

Saskia Horley produced by far the best performance of the day falling just three runs short of her first century for the season. Her 97 from 63 balls included 13 boundaries and was her second consecutive half century. The next best score for Gordon was Heidi Cheadle (25).

Horley now takes her season tally to 245 runs at an average 40.8 and she leads the run scorers for the T20 competition with 159 runs at 79.50.

Due to the efforts of Horley, Gordon posted 5/166 from its 20 overs. Bankstown’s Emma Newman took 2-21 from her 4 overs.

The Gordon bowlers kept things very tight to restrict Bankstown to 4/157 in the second innings, despite 65 from 41 balls by Madeline Penna. Olivia Cook (1-24) was among four wicket takers for Bankstown.

However, Bankstown recovered later in the day to defeat Universities Blue by 28 runs. Madeline Penman wreaked havoc with the ball for the hosts taking 4-15 to back up the exemplary batting display by captain Laura Wright (57 not out). Shebani Bhaskar made 69 for the students.

Universities Gold were emphatic in defeating Campbelltown-Camden by 67 runs at Raby Oval No. 1. Nell Gibson (3-2) and Teresa Graves (3-5) gave little away, while also picking up healthy figures. The bowling performance made it a great all-round day for Graves after she scored 44 not out in the first innings of the match. Olivia Porter (42) was also good for the students.


Bankstown claim Third Grade title

Angelina Genford has starred for Bankstown to break the St George-Sutherland stranglehold on the McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket Third Grade premiership.

Genford was simply outstanding for Bankstown scoring 51 not out with the bat and taking 5-14 in Bankstown’s first Third Grade title since season 1990-91.

Bankstown batted first and set St George-Sutherland 147 for victory after Genford and captain Paige Bailey (35) batted with distinction for the minor premiers. Stephanie Gillett continued her good form with the ball for the Slayers returning 4-21.

Genford and Bailey (3-5) were again too good with the ball to bowl out St George-Sutherland for 124 and give Bankstown the drought breaking victory. Margaret Harpham top scored for the Slayers with 40.

It was the first time in eight seasons that St George-Sutherland had not won the Third Grade crown.

All of the away teams took the honours in the Under 17 Brewer Shield.

Bankstown batter Jade Errington made 100 not out in her team’s 210 run win over Manly-Warringah, Universities lost a low scoring contest against Parramatta by 60 runs, Northern District defeated Sydney by 56 runs, Gordon went down to St George-Sutherland after being dismissed for 76 by the Slayers, and Campbelltown-Camden defeated Penrith by 51 runs.