Penrith coach Ron Woods has seen a lot of women's cricket over the years but he was struggling to remember a better bowling performance after his young side shocked Northern District in McDonald's Premier Cricket on Sunday.

 

Losing the toss and forced to bowl first on a firm Mark Taylor Oval deck, the Lady Cats looked to have their work cut out against a NDs team with designs on a top two finish to the regular season.

 

But in a stunning performance, Penrith's bowling cartel dismantled the highly regarded Rangers batting line-up, bowling them out for just 113 in 41 overs.

 

The visitors then knocked off the required runs inside 34 overs for the loss of only one wicket.

 

"We were playing one of the best teams in the comp and knew we had to be at our best to be any chance," Woods said.

 

"We had three of our best players out, but our bowlers well and truly did the job.

 

"Bowling against a very good batting line up takes discipline and belief and that was our aim.

 

"It's one of the best bowling cards I have seen for a long time.

 

"I am very proud of these girls this season due to the injuries and team disruption we have had."

 

Emma Hughes (3-26) led the way and was given great support from Kate Peterson (2-13), Elise Roberson (2-6), Emma Felsch (2-22), Sam Arnold (1-19) and Elise Noble (0-21 off 6).

 

Noble capped a memorable game, anchoring the Penrith reply with an unbeaten 55.

The win lifted Penrith clear of the competition basement and left Northern District's position inside the top four slightly vulnerable.

Parramatta's tight win over Universities kept it in the hunt for the finals, while Bankstown moved into third after overcoming Campbelltown-Camden.

St George-Sutherland remains second following a comfortable win over Gordon.