Bankstown Sports have maintained their place at the top of the table in McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket after an authoritative win over Northern District on Sunday, as many full-strength teams suffered heavy losses in other matches.

Both Sydney and Penrith featured several Lendlease Breakers, including Australian wicketkeeper-batter Alyssa Healy for the Tigers, but were humbled against Universities and St George-Sutherland respectively.

Australian and Breakers’ fast bowler Rene Farrell (3-8) was excellent for the Slayers in their ten-wicket win, while Maisy Gibson (2-14) weaved her magic in the students’ dominant 52-run triumph over Sydney.    

Rhiannon Dick (64 not out) was again a pivotal player in the victory for Bankstown at Mark Taylor Oval. Her contribution at the top of the order ensured a comfortable eight-wicket victory as the away side chased down 124 to win.

Dick now has 528 runs to her name this season, across all forms, at an average of 75.4. Bankstown finished at 2/126, within just 27 overs, to seal the six points.

The win was set up after the home side was earlier restricted to 5/123 in its allotted 50 overs. Madeline Penman claimed best figures for Bankstown of 2-17 from six overs including the key wicket of Breakers’ all-rounder and Northern District captain, Lauren Smith, without scoring.

Samantha Devlin was also very impressive with the ball for Bankstown. She returned the economical figures of 1-19 from 10 overs. Jordann Johnson (34) and Isabelle Afaras (33 not out) kept the hosts in the contest with a valuable 54-run partnership, but ultimately it wasn’t enough.

Smith was the best of the Northern District attack in the second innings. She claimed 1-18 from her six overs.

St George-Sutherland stayed in second place on the table after a stunning victory over Penrith at Hurstville Oval with both teams comprising several Breakers’ players.

The Panthers fell well short of batting out their 50 overs and were bowled out for only 93. Farrell was excellent in taking her three scalps, one of which was the vital wicket of Breakers’ all-rounder Lisa Griffith.

Sarah Staples (3-19) and Emily Mifsud (3-21) were also very good for the home side. The three-wicket haul for Mifsud took her to top of the wicket-takers in McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket. She has returned 16 wickets at 14.38 in the First Grade competition thus far this season.

Breakers’ medium pacer Nicole Carey kept things very tidy with 0-20 from seven overs.

Griffith top-scored for the Panthers. She made 29 from 65 deliveries. Penrith captain and Breakers’ team mate, Naomi Stalenberg (3), failed to make an impact.

Breakers’ reserve wicketkeeper Tahlia Wilson (30 not out) combined fantastically with Joanne Kelly (54 not out) at the top of the order to guide St George-Sutherland to the emphatic win in under 21 overs at the crease.     

Despite Universities being dismissed for just 136 within 34 overs, a comprehensive bowling performance saw Sydney bundled out for 84 and ensured the students stayed third on the ladder just ahead of Gordon.

Gibson showed all of her skill and leadership with the ball and in the field. She collected 2-14 from her six overs and claimed the important run out of the highest scorer for Sydney, Nicola Hancock (23), just as the Tigers were starting to show signs of recovery.

The leg-spinner was well supported by all-rounder Olivia Porter, who took 2-6 from three overs and also claimed a run out. The other wicket-takers were Teresa Graves (2-24), Stella Campbell (1-14) and Melissa Norup (1-17). Breakers’ and Sydney Sixers’ fast bowler Carly Leeson (0-6) also gave very little away during her three overs.

Healy (6) was a vital wicket early for the hosts caught by Gibson off the bowling of Norup.

Georgia Redmayne (29) made what would turn out to be a very valuable contribution for the students in the first innings of the match. Opener Ashley Day (24) was next best for Universities.

Melbourne Renegades and ACT Meteors batter Claire Koski continued her great form for Campbelltown-Camden in its five-wicket loss to Gordon.

She wasted no time at the start of the first innings. Koski scored 67 from a mere 42 balls in just under two hours at the crease. The next best score was young all-rounder Yardley Poulsen (19).

The innings kept Koski at the top of the leading run-scorers in McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket. She is 52 runs clear of Dick in second place. The Campbelltown-Camden opening batter has made 398 runs at 66.33 this season so far.

Talented Breakers’ player and Ghosts’ captain Hannah Trethewy (9) was a key wicket with the score at 3/114, as the home side collapsed to be bowled out for 164.

Breakers’ Saskia Horley (40) and Gordon captain Hannah Trollip (59) displayed class and composure to guarantee the win for the visitors. Gordon finished at 5/165 and reached the target with more than 12 overs to spare.

In Second Grade, Shebani Bhaskar was outstanding for Universities in its 104-run win over Bankstown Sports at Bankstown Oval. The all-rounder fell an agonising three runs short of her first career century. It was her highest career score in that grade. She also collected 2-9 from eight overs with the ball.

In other matches, Northern District defeated Gordon.

On Saturday in the Third Grade T20 competition, St George-Sutherland stayed top of the table with back-to-back wins over Universities Gold.

In round eight of the Under 17 Brewer Shield, Bankstown opening bowler Cynthia Coghlan claimed 6-17 from seven overs which included a hat-trick in a comprehensive four wicket victory over Northern District.

Manly-Warringah also won its first ever match in the competition against Campbelltown-Camden in the tightest of circumstances. The visitors won by a solitary run thanks to a five-wicket haul to Robyn Medley (5-12).

Sydney defeated St George-Sutherland by five runs, Penrith posted an emphatic 155-run win over Universities, and Gordon overcame Parramatta by 100 runs.