You have to go back three years since we had a McDonald's Women's Premier Cricket champion decided on the field.

Universities beat St George-Sutherland in the 2017/18 decider before rain intervened the following year, handing the title to the minor premiers without a ball being bowled.

And last year Covid reared its ugly head, robbing us of the chance to crown a winner on grand final day.

And if not for some forward thinking from the Women's Premier Cricket committee, the 2020/21 season would have ended in another stalemate.

At the board's insistence, a reserve grand final day was included on the fixture list for the first time.

It's meant Sydney and Northern District will be able to fight it out at Bankstown Oval on Sunday after the big wet prevented the game from going ahead last weekend. 

"Having a reserve day means you have the best chance of giving the women a chance to play in a GF," WPC chairman John Biviano said.

"I don’t think anyone likes it the other way (minor premiers handed the title). It was critically important we gave the women the opportunity to play and decide things on the field.

"It was a smart decision. It allowed us to make an early call last Saturday rather than have people travel in the rain to sit around all day and not play.

"The forecast looks pretty for this weekend so now we have the chance to see the players decide which team emerges on top."

NDs coach Tommy Anderson is grateful his side has a shot at the title instead of it being automatically handed to minor premiers Sydney.  

He said: "It's a fantastic decision to have a reserve day and I applaud the committee for their foresight.

"Players put a lot of effort into every season and it's a bit of a flat feeling if you win (because of the weather).

"This way we get to decide the best team out there on the field."

Sunday's decider starts at 10am and will be live streamed for the first time with multi-cameras and commentary. The Women's Under 18 Brewer Shield will also be live streamed via the match centre. 

Manly-Warringah host Sydney in the Women's Second Grade Grand Final on Sunday. All three Grand Finals - First Grade, Second Grade and Brewer Shield - were rescheduled to this Sunday due to the wet weather last week. 

Live streaming details below:

First Grade Grand Final Match Centre - Sydney v. Northern District click here

 

First Grade Grand Final via YouTube - Sydney v. Northern District click here

 

Under 18 Brewer Shield Match Centre - Sydney v. Parramatta click here