The Women’s Premier Cricket Under 18 Brewer Shield competition reaches its finale on Sunday when Bankstown Sports meet Parramatta in the Grand Final at Tunks Park, Cammeray.
This season was the first that the underage competition has been contested at the Under 18 age level, changing from the Under 17 format in previous seasons.
The competition is named in honour of the late Dot and Bob Brewer who made an enormous contribution supporting Women’s cricket at an administrative and participation level. Mrs Brewer passed away on 18 March, age 97, and lost her husband in 2013.
The Brewer Shield was divided into two conferences this season in accordance with geographical location representative of the two Sydney Women's Big Bash League franchises.
Six teams from Northern and Central Sydney competed in the Sydney Sixers Conference.
The other conference, representative of the Sydney Thunder, included six teams from the Southern and Western parts of Sydney.
Parramatta last won the Brewer Shield in 2016/17, whereas Bankstown is pursuing its first title since 2008/09.
Bankstown and Parramatta finished first and second respectively in the Thunder Conference.
This matched Bankstown against Northern District Blue, who finished second on the Sixers Conference table, in the semi-finals.
Parramatta played minor premiers of the Sixers Conference, Gordon, in the other semi.
Bankstown comprehensively defeated Northern District Blue by 98 runs. Captain for the victors, Emily Lawler, made a stand out 70 from 81 balls and shared a 106-run partnership with Kaitlyn Drinkwater (56) for the fourth wicket.
Northern District Blue was dismissed for 99 in reply to 7/197 from the allotted 40 overs.
Parramatta produced an upset victory over Gordon in its semi-final at Killara Park. During a match reduced to 20 overs per side, the victors restricted their hosts to 5/65 in defence of 4/81.
Wicketkeeper-batter Elsa Hunter is the leading run-scorer for the competition with 373 runs at an average of nearly 47.