This Sunday sees the resumption of the McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket First and Second Grade combined T20 competition, where St George-Sutherland will be seeking to increase its advantage at the top of the table.
The Slayers play Universities Gold in a battle of the ladder leaders at Glenn McGrath Oval. St George-Sutherland bowler Cailyn Fountain has started her T20 campaign in good form taking five scalps in the competition at an average of 10.8 to be the leading wicket taker.
However, three of the four bowlers that share equal billing in second place behind Fountain play for Universities Gold, which may indicate a low-scoring affair on Sunday.
Teresa Graves, Nell Gibson and Qanita Jalil have all taken four wickets during the competition so far and together pose a formidable attack for St George-Sutherland to counter.
In this context, the batting of Joanne Kelly, who scored an impressive 61 for the Slayers against Sydney in round two, becomes all the more crucial.
Bankstown Sports find themselves in equal third with Gordon, five points behind St George-Sutherland and just one point adrift of Universities Gold.
It plays Parramatta on Sunday at Merrylands Oval and Bankstown captain Laura Wright will again be looking to lead the way for her team.
The wicketkeeper and opening batter has amassed 156 runs throughout the tournament thus far being dismissed just the once. She has two fifties to her name and a handy strike rate of 111.4.
Although, if the Miller sisters can get going, the likes of Wright and Madeline Penna will need strong performances with the bat.
Kelsey and Rebecca Miller are the two leading run scorers for the Second Grade competition, but are yet to really fire in the combined T20 competition after three rounds.
Kelsey has compiled one double century, one hundred and 595 runs overall in Second Grade, whereas her two matches in the T20 format has only yielded 57 runs and a highest score of 40 at this point.
Likewise, Rebecca has scored 264 runs at 66 in the Second Grade competition, yet hasn’t reached double figures in her two T20 appearances.
Parramatta also play later in the day against Sydney, who will need a win to remain in touch with the top four.
Gordon are the other team to play twice on Sunday, with its first match against Penrith at Chatswood Oval followed by Northern District in the afternoon at the same venue.
Both attacks will need to find a way to either remove or restrict Saskia Horley. The Gordon batter started the tournament in the best way possible just before Christmas scoring 159 runs at a swift strike rate of 178.7 to be head of the rest as leading run scorer.
In other matches, Campbelltown-Camden host Universities Blue at Raby Oval No. 2.
In the first round of the Third Grade T20 competition on Saturday, Campbelltown-Camden host Universities Blue, St George-Sutherland are at home to Bankstown, Universities Gold play Gordon, and North West Sydney have the bye.