Australian vice-captain and Sydney Thunder captain Rachel Haynes scored a half-century in her first Women’s Premier Cricket match of the season, as her Sydney side defeated the top of the table Northern District, headlining rounds seven and eight on Sunday.


Left-handed batter Haynes, who has scored more than 1,600 runs for Australia in 57 One-Day Internationals, top-scored for Sydney with 51 from 59 balls at Birchgrove Oval.


It followed her half-century last week in a convincing 87-run WNCL win for the NSW Breakers over Queensland at Hurstville Oval. 


Haynes opened the batting with NSW opening partner, Breakers captain and Australian wicketkeeper-batter Alyssa Healy, who made 23 from 24.


In a rain affected match that was reduced to 35 overs aside after play had already commenced, Northern District finished on 2/126 before Sydney successfully chased down the Duckworth Lewis Stern revised target, reaching 7/174 with one ball to spare.


Breakers and Sixers allrounder Lauren Smith took 3/27 from seven overs for Northern District and 20-year-old Matilda Lugg (67 not out) top-scored for the visitors and the match. 


Penrith defeated Bankstown in both of the scheduled back to back T20 matches at Bankstown Oval. The first match was reduced to 15 overs aside after play had already begun, and Bankstown finished on 5/71. Penrith successfully reached the Duckworth Lewis Stern revised target, finishing on 2/78 from under 11 overs.  


Penrith captain Samantha Arnold top-scored with 40 from 36 balls, and four boundaries. Thunder allrounder Naomi Stalenberg finished unbeaten on 20 from 12 balls. 


Bankstown batted first once again in the second match, which was played as a full 20 overs aside game on this occasion. Seamer Stalenberg took 3/6 from four overs for Penrith, while Thunder and Breakers teammate, seam-bowling allrounder Lisa Griffith claimed 2/16 from three overs, to restrict Bankstown to 8/73. 


Penrith ran down the target with ease, taking an eight-wicket win after 10.1 overs, with Stalenberg hitting an unbeaten 35 from 24 balls, including six boundaries. 


Gordon defeated Parramatta by 12 runs in the scheduled T20 match at Chatswood Oval, which was meant to be the first of two games, however, the second fixture was abandoned due to poor air quality. 


Gordon finished on 7/95 from the 20 overs, before Parramatta were kept to 7/83 thanks to three wickets each from Gordon duo Phoebe Thompson and Charlotte Anneveld.


Both T20 matches involving Campbelltown-Camden against Universities at Raby Oval 1 were abandoned without a ball bowled due to poor air quality. 


Third-Grade T20:


Gordon 8/111, defeated Campbelltown-Camden, 79.


St George-Sutherland 3/141, defeated UTS North Sydney, 6/90. 


Universities 8/70, defeated by Bankstown, 3/130. 


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