Emerging New South Wales Breakers’ batter Tahlia Wilson has made her highest score for St George-Sutherland in McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket in her side's win over Bankstown Sports on her 19th birthday.
Wilson turned 19 on Sunday and remained unbeaten on 85 not out from 119 balls to guide St George-Sutherland to a five-wicket victory in the 50-over match at Bankstown Oval. Her highest score in McDonald's Women's Premier Cricket is 119 made for Campbelltown-Camden in 2016/17.
The fixture at Bankstown Oval, along with the local derby between Parramatta and Penrith, were the only two 50-over matches that were completed in round three of the competition on Sunday due to the inclement weather. The youthful Parramatta side again impressed with a four-wicket win to make it two in a row.
Her match-winning knock continues the progression of Wilson. The 19-year-old opening batter was the second leading run-scorer for the Female Australian Under 19s during their tour of South Africa in April.
She scored 178 runs at an average just under 30 in the Emerging Women Tri-Series in South Africa. The Australian Under 19s defeated the South African Emerging Women in the final of that tournament. The England Women’s Academy were the third team in that series.
Breakers’ team mate and experienced seam bowler Rene Farrell (28 not out) also remained unbeaten for the Slayers in the win over Bankstown.
Together with Wilson, Farrell shared a 76-run unbeaten partnership for the sixth wicket to wrap up the win. Lauren Miletich (29) also made a valuable contribution with bat in hand.
Farrell also claimed 2-27 in a complete team bowling effort by St George-Sutherland. All bowlers collected at least one scalp with skipper Cailyn Fountain (3-26) returning the best figures for the Slayers. Wilson also claimed a stumping with the gloves.
Breakers’ seam bowler and Bankstown captain Sarah Aley also returned the tidy figures of 2-28 in the five-wicket loss. Opener Samantha Devlin (34), Asha Smith (33) and Sydney Sixers allrounder Erin Burns (32) all made solid contributions for the hosts but could not quite capitalise on the good start to make a big score.
Parramatta defeated Penrith to continue a fantastic start to its first season in McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket.
Kate Peterson was the stand out player for Parramatta in its victory at Howell Oval. She collected 2-18 and made a vital 29 not out to steer her side to the victory target of 143.
Run outs cost Penrith dearly after it lost the toss and was sent into bat. Three of the top five batters for the hosts failed to make their ground, including Breakers’ player and Panthers’ captain Mikayla Hinkley, one short of her half-century.
Penrith was bowled out for 142 in the 44th over. Renee Hebden (2-31) and Sarah Young (2-11) joined Peterson as the three multiple wicket takers for Parramatta.
In reply, Parramatta secured the win in the 42nd over. Kate Barry (26) also provided some handy runs to complement Peterson. Parneet Kaur (2-22) returned best figures for Penrith. The win sent the visitors to the top of the table.
Universities will have to wait another week to start its title defence after their match against Sydney at Alan Davidson Oval was abandoned.
Similarly, Gordon against Campbelltown-Camden was abandoned due to the wet weather. Northern District had the bye.
In Second Grade, Parramatta defeated Gordon by five wickets. All other matches were abandoned and declared draws due to the rain.
On Saturday in Third Grade, Campbelltown-Camden defeated Manly-Warringah and Bankstown against Universities Blue was abandoned. Universities Gold had the bye.