The Sydney Cricket Club were awarded the McDonald’s Women’s NSW Premier Cricket Limited-Overs title this week after the remainder of the season was cancelled due to medical advice regarding the recent coronavirus outbreak.
A meeting of Cricket NSW CEO Lee Germon, Sydney Cricket Association Chairman Graham Gorrie, NSW Districts Cricket Association Chairman Morris Iemma and Country Cricket Chairman Paul Marjoribanks unanimously agreed to stop their competitions on Tuesday.
The SCA therefore determined that premiership titles be awarded to the Minor Premier in each Grade and Underage competition within Women’s Premier Cricket.
St George-Sutherland are the Club Champions across all three grades and the Under 18 Brewer Shield.
Sydney registered eight wins from 14 limited-overs matches, in First Grade, including three draws due to inclement weather. The Tigers 62 points was three ahead of Penrith in second place.
Earlier in the season, Universities claimed the First Grade T20 title defeating Northern District by four wickets in the Final at North Sydney Oval.
NSW Breakers and Sydney Thunder batter Naomi Stalenberg finished the season as the leading run-scorer in the First Grade 50-over competition with 419 runs, in eight innings for Penrith, at the incredible average of 104.75.
Her highest score of 160 not out from 125 balls came during a seven-wicket win over Sydney at Howell Oval in round six.
During that same match, former England allrounder Jenny Gunn made an unbeaten 109 from 101 deliveries for Sydney.
Gunn played nine matches for Sydney during the season scoring 235 runs at 58.8.
World champions Alyssa Healy and Rachael Haynes played two games for the Tigers during the season averaging 50 and 44.5 respectively from those matches.
Sixers and GWS Giants AFLW player Jodie Hicks was also part of the Sydney squad.
Ahilya Chandel was the leading wicket taker for the club with 19 wickets at an average of 12.21 trailing the experienced Charlotte Anneveld by four wickets at the top of the list for the First Grade Limited Overs competition.
Anneveld, who previously played with the NSW Breakers and ACT Meteors, claimed 23 wickets for Gordon at 10.26 including best figures of 6-12 from 10 overs against Universities in February.
Campbelltown-Camden spinner Zoha Siddiqi was second with 20 wickets and Chandel third.
Emerging teenage talent Anika Learoyd greatly impressed with the bat for Northern District, particularly, early in the season.
In her first eight innings, four T20 and four 50-over, Learoyd had scored 493 runs at an average nearing 62. She finished the season with 541 at 54.1 across both formats.
Premiers in other Grades were:
Second Grade – Parramatta
Third Grade T20 – St George-Sutherland
Under 18 Brewer Shield – Sydney
Under 15 Women’s Premier Cricket – Penrith
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