Several of the world's best female cricketers will return to McDonald's Women's Premier Cricket on Sunday as the race for top four spots intensifies.

NSW-contracted players Alyssa Healy and Rachael Haynes will turn out for Sydney against Gordon, while Ash Gardner is back for Bankstown's clash with St George-Sutherland.

Maddy Darke will lead Universities against Phoebe Litchfield's Penrith and Campbelltown-Camden welcome the inclusion of Hannah Darlington and Lauren Cheatle against Northern District.     

Parramatta has the bye.

In all, 17 NSW Breakers players are available for selection for this crucial round of T20 matches before they head into the Women’s National Cricket League season. 

The Premier Cricket top four is headed by St George-Sutherland from Sydney, Parramatta and Northern District.

 

Campbelltown-Camden is next, followed by Universities, Bankstown, Gordon and Penrith.

 

Nine points separate fourth-placed NDs from Campbelltown-Camden in fifth, placing pressure on the Ghosts to come up with a win to narrow the gap.

 

"We’ve got some tough games coming but I am looking forward to see how the team rises to the challenge," skipper Hannah Trethewy said.

"We are playing three of the top four teams over the next three weeks, so there's a chance to get back in the top four.

"We are approaching all those games as must-wins."

The return of Breakers and WBBL duo Darlington and Cheatle to the Ghosts' line-up could not have been better timed.

"It will be great to have those two with us," Trethewy said.

"They bring so much to the side and other players take so much away from playing with them.

"Obviously we will miss them when they’re gone, but all the other teams are in the same boat.

"It will be another great opportunity for younger players to step up."

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