A re-match of this season’s T20 decider between Universities and Northern District at David Phillips South headlines round three of McDonald's Women’s Premier Cricket this Sunday.
Universities got the better of Northern District on that occasion, and the First Grade T20 runners-up will be looking for a better result this time around in the longer form of the game.
It’s a much-anticipated clash between the only two sides that remain undefeated this season after the first two rounds of the First Grade competition.
Northern District batter and teenager Anika Learoyd was a key player as her side went down in the T20 decider, scoring 55 not out from 53 balls during the first innings.
She was the second-highest run-scorer in the tournament altogether, trailing only Universities batter Bess Heath by nine runs.
Learoyd has been in unstoppable form of late, smashing 145 not out from 135 balls last round during the win over Bankstown, and opened the season the week before against Sydney with 78. Grace Dignam has also been named for Northern District after hitting 115 from 127 balls last Sunday and combining with Learoyd for a massive third-wicket partnership of 184.
Bess Heath is expected to take the field for Universities. Heath was the star of the T20 decider, leading the students to the title with a dominant 65 not out from 36 balls. She made 49 from 31 balls last Sunday, playing a pivotal role in defeating Penrith.
Teammate Erica James played the lead role in the victory with a tremendous 107 from 70 deliveries and is expected to line-up this Sunday.
Penrith host the defending champions Campbelltown-Camden at Howell Oval. Former Premier of NSW Morris Iemma’s daughter Clara Iemma has been named for Campbelltown-Camden after making 90 during the loss to Sydney on Sunday.
Former Sydney Thunder keeper-batter Hannah Trethewy will captain the Ghosts. The season’s leading wicket-taker Clare Levings has also been named for the defending champs.
Levings has claimed seven scalps at the outstanding average of seven. Penrith are searching for their first win of the competition.
St George-Sutherland take on Sydney at Glenn McGrath Oval. Pace bowler Naomi Woods is expected to play for the home side and is the second-leading wicket taker, just one behind Levings, at the superb 15 average.
Both teams have one win and a loss so far this season.
Bankstown take on Gordon at Bankstown Oval. The home side went down to the strong Northern District team last Sunday after defeating Parramatta in the opening round.
Gordon suffered defeat to Campbelltown-Camden in round one before having the bye last round.
Round three of the Second Grade limited overs season is highlighted by a battle between two undefeated teams, Manly-Warringah and Campbelltown-Camden at Manly Oval.
Northern District and Universities also do battle in Second Grade, as they do in First Grade, at Mark Taylor Oval. Northern District is undefeated while Universities are yet to win a match.
The remaining matches include Gordon against Bankstown at Beauchamp Oval, Sydney taking on St George-Sutherland at Ryde Oval, and Penrith playing Parramatta at Cook Park.
The eighth and final regular season round of the Third Grade limited overs competition features Bankstown playing Gordon, Manly-Warringah against Campbelltown-Camden, and St George-Sutherland taking on Universities.