Soaring temperatures above 40 degrees made for some extremely difficult conditions on Sunday, but through the intense heat many players produced some superb performances during the combined First and Second Grade Twenty20 competition in the McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket.

Bankstown Sports maintained its place at the top of the competition table with a definitive 64-run win over Parramatta at Merrylands Oval.

Laura Wright (35) made her eighth score of more than 30 from ten innings across all formats. It took her season tally to 404 runs at an average of 67.3.

Emma Newman (20) and Melissa Penman (19) also contributed with some valuable runs that helped Bankstown to 7/115 from its 20 overs. Kristen McCormack was very good with the ball for Parramatta taking 4-23.

The home side were bowled out for 51 within 15 overs with Madeline Penna the main wicket taker. She returned figures of 3-7.

Parramatta bounced back later in the day with a win over Sydney by 12 runs. Melissa Halton (43) found form for the victors with the bat and captain Kelsey Miller produced a solid all-round display with 19 runs and 3-17. Gizelle Plummer scored 47 from 45 balls on the losing side of the ledger.

Universities Gold narrowed the gap between it and St George-Sutherland on the ladder with a tight five run win over the Slayers.

The students batted first and thanks largely to Teresa Graves (44), Ashley Day (21), and Jade Christie (19 not out) down the order, managed to reach 8/132 from its 20 overs. Emily Mifsud returned best figures for St George-Sutherland with 3-14.

Despite an outstanding innings by captain Joanne Kelly, who scored 64 not out opening the batting, St George-Sutherland couldn’t quite reach the 133 to win the match. Ashley Day added to her great day with the bat by taking 2-26 with the ball.

In other results, Campbelltown-Camden (3/69 from 10.1 overs) comprehensively defeated Universities Blue (7/66 from 20 overs).

Both matches at Chatswood Oval were affected by the extreme weather conditions yesterday. The first match between Gordon and Penrith was stopped at the end of the first innings after Penrith posted 5/79 from its 20 overs. Not a ball was bowled during the second match where the hosts were due to take on Northern District.

In the opening round of the Third Grade T20 competition, St George-Sutherland defeated Bankstown, and North West Sydney had the bye.