Australian Under 19 representatives Maddy Darke and NSW Breakers batter Tahlia Wilson scored their second centuries for the season in McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket on Sunday.
In successive weeks, Darke has scored her first two centuries in Women's Premier Cricket. She carried her bat on Sunday, making an unbeaten 110 from 119 deliveries for Universities in its two-wicket loss to Bankstown during round eight.
Last week the NSW Metro Under 18 wicketkeeper-batter scored 126 from 130 balls in a 69-run win over Penrith.
Wilson scored 101 not out from 124 balls to guide St George-Sutherland to an eight-wicket victory over Sydney. The opening batter made her Breakers debut earlier in the season against Western Australia.
She is the leading run-scorer after eight rounds of the limited-overs competition. Wilson has amassed 323 runs, from just four visits to the crease, at the outstanding average of 161.5.
Wilson made 109 from 97 balls against her old club Campbelltown-Camden in round five.
Darke also averages over 100. She has made 309 runs at 103 from the same number of innings. The pair have scored four of the nine centuries posted during the eight rounds.
The third centurion in Women’s Premier Cricket on Sunday, Campbelltown-Camden opener Claire Koski, also made an unbeaten 103 from 100 balls in a commanding nine-wicket win over Penrith. She also averages in excess of 100 and has made 213 runs at 106.5 including two centuries.
The victory kept the Ghosts in second place on the ladder and bridged the gap to Parramatta at the top of the table.
Koski shared an unbeaten 183-run second-wicket partnership with Breakers reserve wicketkeeper-batter and Campbelltown-Camden captain Hannah Trethewy (62 not out).
The Ghosts lost opener Clara Iemma for a duck without a run being scored. Penrith was contained to 9/182 with Breakers left-arm pace bowler Lauren Cheatle taking the impressive figures of 3-17 from 10 overs.
Her performance came just days after being recalled to the Women’s Australian One-Day International squad for the upcoming series against New Zealand starting this Friday.
Breakers allrounder Lisa Griffith top-scored for Penrith with 69 from 106 balls opening the batting.
She shared a 113-run opening partnership with Samantha Arnold (37) before the wickets tumbled. Griffith also returned 1-36 with the ball.
Parramatta lost to Northern District by four wickets and now lead the competition by just two points. NSW Metro Under 18 off-spinner Isabelle Afaras claimed 4-30 from 10 overs for the victors.
Parramatta was dismissed for 123 within 46 overs and Northern District chased that down in 34.2 overs at Old Kings Oval. The visitors finished 6/124 are now third on the ladder.
Breakers and Northern District off-spinning allrounder Lauren Smith also claimed 3-16 from 8.1 overs in the win.
Afaras, Darke and Wilson join five other NSW players selected in the Female Australian Under 19 team to tour New Zealand in mid-March.
WATCH: Universities wicketkeeper-batter Maddy Darke
Those players are 17-year-old Breakers allrounder Rachel Trenaman (Northern District), NSW Metro Under 18 captain Hannah Darlington (Campbelltown-Camden), fast bowler Stella Campbell (Universities), allrounder Hayley Silver-Holmes (Parramatta) and emerging batter Phoebe Litchfield (Parramatta).
All eight players will be unavailable for the semi-finals and final due to their selection in the Australian Under 19 team.
Darke kept Universities in the contest against Bankstown after the students won the toss and elected to bat. The next best score was Breakers allrounder Carly Leeson with 20.
Experienced Breakers seamer and Bankstown captain Sarah Aley claimed 2-39 from 10 overs and three catches for her club to help it restrict Universities to 6/202 from the allotted 50 overs.
Aley also made a valuable 31 from 51 deliveries in the successful chase. Rhiannon Dick, who acts as captain when Aley is away on state duties, showed all of her leadership qualities with a composed 54 from 102 balls.
She was equal top score with sundries conceded that cost Universities dearly. Bankstown sealed the win with three balls to spare.
The loss meant Universities dropped out of the top four and the defending champions must win both of their remaining games to be sure of making the semi-finals.
Wilson, who also kept wicket against Sydney, hit 12 boundaries during her century. She shared a 123-run second-wicket partnership with St George-Sutherland captain Cailyn Fountain in pursuit of 218 to win at Hurstville Oval.
Fountain made 55 from 65 balls to take her season tally, across all forms, to 398 runs at a tick under 40.
St George-Sutherland finished at 2/220 in reply to 7/217 posted by Sydney. Breakers seamer Rene Farrell went to the top of the wicket takers list for the competition with another healthy return on Sunday.
Farrell was one of two multiple wicket takers for the Slayers. She claimed 2-29 from her 10 overs to take her season tally to 11.
Issabella Savelli also picked up 2-25 for St George-Sutherland. Sydney captain Kate Jackson and Synetta Manns both made half-centuries.
Jackson remained unbeaten on 55 and Manns made a quick fire 52 from 45 balls.
The win kept the St George-Sutherland finals hopes alive. It is currently fifth on the table one point outside the all-important top four that determines the qualifiers for the semi-finals.
Gordon had the bye and remain in fourth place one point ahead of St George-Sutherland.
Norther District batter Grace Dignam added to the centurions on Sunday in Second Grade. She made 109 in a commanding 96-run win over Universities.
It was her first century of the season and for the club. The win kept Northern District in second place three points behind Gordon who defeated Sydney by 82 runs on Sunday.
In other matches during round eight of Second Grade, Campbelltown-Camden defeated Parramatta by seven wickets and St George-Sutherland clinched a tense four-run win over Bankstown.
In the Under 18 Brewer Shield Sixers Conference on Sunday, Northern District Blue gained bragging rights with a win over intra-club rival Northern District Gold, Gordon overcame UTS North Sydney and Sydney defeated Manly-Warringah away from home.
Results of the Thunder Conference matches saw Penrith win the local derby against Parramatta. St George-Sutherland travelled to David Phillips North and defeated Universities and Campbelltown-Camden lost at home to Bankstown.
In the Third Grade T20, on Saturday, Campbelltown-Camden registered two wins against Universities Gold, while Gordon defeated Manly-Warringah in back-to-back matches at Forsyth Park. Bankstown had the bye.