It was just over a month ago when the Sydney Cricket Club women’s first-grade side defeated Penrith to claim their second premiership title in three seasons.

 

Celebrations were plentiful as the minor premiers finished the job with relative ease in a re-scheduled grand-final against the team from the west.

 

The hosts were in the driving seat early thanks to a career-best bowling spell from Nell Bryson-Smith that saw her take 6-18 from 10 overs. This outstanding and economical performance would also

ensure Bryson-Smith captured the Player of the Final medal.

 

It then took just under 26 overs for the Sydney top order to chase down Penrith’s total of 96. Naomi McDonald continued an excellent season with the bat, finishing with 40* for the match and 398 runs at an average of 66.33 for the season.

 

Head coach, Russel Grimson, was elated with the team’s performance stating “These girls have been amazing all year. I’ve watched Naomi hit the winning runs over and over again. It makes it all worth it seeing the reaction of the girls on the sidelines. We hit every goal and more this year.”

 

This squad definitely were amazing, only losing 1 match throughout the entire season.

 

Tigers first-grade captain, Gizelle Plummer, must be credited for her exceptional management skills to shuffle and promote junior players in the absence of Australian international representative Rachael Haynes, Belinda Clark medallist Maitlan Brown and NSW Breakers captain Sammy-Jo Johnson.

 

Plummer’s support towards naming junior players in the first-grade squad means one thing… Sydney Cricket Club are going to be even stronger next season.

 

Speaking on the match, Plummer said "winning the grand final this year is a reflection of just how far our club has come.

 

"There has been an enormous amount of work, both on the field and behind the scenes to get the club in such a strong position.

 

"We had been pushing to play the perfect game all season, so to win at Drummoyne Oval with so many of our players, supporters and volunteers there was the best way to end the season".

 

When asked about the up and coming talent, Plummer also stated "Over the last 5 years we've been very fortunate to have a core group of young players that have been well supported and encouraged by our more experienced girls to work hard and keep developing.

 

"Each of them have stepped up and contributed in the tough moments throughout the season".

 

To add to the women’s first-grade victory, Sydney Cricket Club’s women’s division also achieved the club championship with a record number of points.

 

The club’s second-grade and under-18 Brewer shield side also accomplished minor premierships.

 

A massive congratulations must go to head coach Russel Grimson on winning his second Coach of the Year award in only his fifth year coaching at the club.