Northern District will play Universities in the decider at North Sydney Oval this Sunday as the winners of the Sixers and Thunder Conferences respectively.
The Final will be played as part of a double header at the picturesque venue with the Second Grade T20 decider between St George-Sutherland and Bankstown to take place beforehand.
As it entered their final clash of the regular season against Gordon, Northern District faced a must-win situation. Sydney had a bye for the final round and were top of the Sixers Conference, but required a Gordon victory to advance to the Final.
Northern District produced a dominant nine-wicket victory after limiting Gordon to 5-77 on the back of superb bowling from off-spinner Abbey Taylor and Maddison McGuigan who took 2-21 and 2-6 respectively from their four overs each.
They made easy work of the run chase, completing the job in under 14 overs. Kirsten Smith carried her bat with an unbeaten 36 from 43 balls, and ACT/NSW Country Under 18 batter Anika Learoyd was unbeaten on 26.
The pair recorded an unbeaten second-wicket stand of 62, and each hit four boundaries.
Universities entered the final round on top of the Thunder Conference and were favourites to reach the Final with a match-up against the bottom-placed Bankstown. The match was eventually abandoned due to wet weather, which was enough to allow the students to advance.
Before the weather arrived at David Phillips South, Universities batted first and reached the achievable target of 6-120. Universities captain Olivia Porter top-scored with 36 from 34 balls, including four boundaries and a six. Samantha Devlin was the pick of the Bankstown bowlers with 2-21 from four overs.
Bankstown only managed 0/4 before play was stopped. Parramatta won the other fixture against Penrith and would have stolen the students’ place in the decider if Universities went down.
Penrith won the toss and batted first against Parramatta. They reached 6/143 off the 20 overs on the back of 57 off 41 balls from captain Rebecca Cady, including 11 boundaries. Kristen McCormack took 2-14 from her three overs to help restrict Penrith to under 150.
Parramatta won the match with only one ball remaining. The scores were level before a boundary was hit off the penultimate ball. Wicketkeeper-batter Molly Godsell was the star of the successful chase, scoring an unbeaten 37 from 27 balls.
It was a great victory for Parramatta but unfortunately not enough to reach this Sunday’s decider. Had the weather stayed clear for the other fixture, it may have been a completely different story.
St George-Sutherland finished top of the Sixers Conference in the Second Grade T20, courtesy of beating Gordon by four wickets on Sunday, and will meet Thunder Conference minor premiers Bankstown at North Sydney Oval, after it defeated Universities by 10 wickets.
First-Grade T20 Final:
Northern District vs Universities - North Sydney Oval - Sunday 10 November 2019 - 2pm
Second-Grade T20 Final:
St George-Sutherland v Bankstown - North Sydney Oval - Sunday 10 November 2019 – 10am
Manly-Warringah, 10/57, defeated by Sydney, 8/97.
Penrith, 6/85, defeated by Parramatta, 3/153.
Gordon, 6/104, defeated by St George-Sutherland, 6/105.
Universities, 6/65, defeated by Bankstown, 0/67.
Third-Grade Limited Overs:
Campbelltown-Camden, 87, defeated by Manly-Warringah, 6/188.
Gordon, 8/286, defeated Bankstown, 7/140.
Universities, 77, defeated by St George-Sutherland, 4-177.