A host of WBBL players will return to McDonald's Women's Premier Cricket on Sunday, including WBBL|06 champion allrounder Hannah Darlington, as jostling for positions in the top four heats up.
Third-placed Sydney host table leaders Parramatta in the match-of-the-round at Birchgrove Oval.
Northern District will be out to climb into the top half of the table by beating St George-Sutherland, winless Universities take on Bankstown and a strengthened Campbelltown-Camden meet Penrith at Raby Oval.
While Darlington and Sydney Thunder team mate Lauren Smith will take the field, a number of Thunder's victorious WBBL team have been rested.
Universities welcome back BBL stars Maddy Darke (Sixers), Stella Campbell (Sixers), Carly Leeson (Melbourne Renegades) and Isabelle Afaras (Thunder).
Abbey Taylor, Lauren Smith (Thunder) and Alisha Bates (Sixers) return for Northern District, while Darlington and Lauren Cheatle are playing for Campbelltown-Camden against a Penrith side boasting Kate Peterson (Thunder), Samantha Arnold (Thunder) and Lisa Griffith (Sixers).
The inclusion of both Darlington (Thunder) and Cheatle (Sixers) is a timely boost for the Ghosts, who sit sixth after seven rounds.
"It's been a tough start to the season for us. Not sitting in the top four is hard to take but we just haven't been able to put consistent performances together," captain Hannah Trethewy said.
"Having Lauren and Hannah back will make a big difference.
"They are young but experienced and it's exciting to have them with us.
"The experience of playing the level they have played is so valuable to our younger players
"They bring a lot to the team and really strengthen us."
Campbelltown-Camden won the competition two years ago but finished sixth last season and have struggled for cohesion so far this campaign.
"We've had players move interstate for opportunities and girls walk away from the game….things out of our control," Trethewy explained.
"And the level of competition (in Premier Cricket) is getting better every season.
"You've got to lift one step higher to get to the four and that's what we're aiming to do.
"We haven’t ruled out a finals spot. A couple of wins will see us back in there."
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