Round 1 of Female Premier Cricket took place on the weekend with the A Grade, B Grade and Youth League competitions all opening the season with T20 matches.
A Grade T20 – Round 1
Melville 6/77 def by Subiaco Floreat 5/112
Round 1 of the A Grade competition saw a re-match of the T20 Grand Final last season with winners Melville taking on Subiaco Floreat. It was Subiaco Floreat who took the win this time around. A strong opening partnership between Nicole Bolton and Megan Banting saw the pair put on 50 runs. Melville’s Amy Edgar slowed down Subiaco Floreat, taking 2 wickets. Melville went into bat chasing 112 runs, however couldn’t quite claim the win. Niamh Walsh top scored with 23no, with Amy Edgar also making 17.
Midland Guildford 4/107 def South Perth 7/103
South Perth won the toss electing to bat with opening batter Rachel Delaney making 22 runs. Georgia Wyllie top scored for South Perth with 31 runs. Midland Guildford’s Sheldyn Cooper stood out, taking 3/12. Chloe Piparo (29) and Kath Hempenstall (25) lead the way for Midland Guildford as they cruised to a comfortable win in the 18th over.
B Grade T20 – Round 1
Melville 2/157 def Perth 2/110
Reigning Champions dominated new comers, Perth with Lauren Shaw (60) and Samantha Pope (22) opening the batting with a 64-run partnership. Jenny Owen’s Medallist, Jessica Row, finished the innings with a convincing 41no, ending with an overall score of 157 runs. Perth put up a strong fight with Fiona Williams top scoring with 42 and Chelsie Winchcombe made 28. The team showed determination and didn’t back down, but Melville were too strong on this occasion.
Midland Guildford 3/85 def Rockingham Mandurah 4/84
Rockingham-Mandurah opened the batting with Captain Kayla Van Spall top scoring with 25 who was well supported by Louisa Hogarth (24no). Midland Guildford were left to chase 84 runs and with a 72-run opening partnership from Lauren Blizard (37no) and Alicia Ballucci (25), the team successfully claimed the win in the 17th over. Van Spall again performed well for Rockingham Mandurah taking 2 wickets.
South Perth 2/120 def by Subiaco Floreat 3/121
Richardson Park saw a close match take place between South Perth and Subiaco Floreat. Sinead Kirsten stood out with 68no leading the side to 2/120 off 20 overs. Cassie MacKenzie was the only Subiaco Floreat player to claim wickets with figures of 2/18. South Perth’s Hannah Felton and Imasha Senaratne took an early wicket each, however Kathryn Hudson’s 51 off 52 balls helped lead the team to a win in the last over.
Youth League T20 – Round 1
Melville 5/103 def Wanneroo 5/54
Wanneroo won the toss putting Melville into bat first. Lauren Thompson top scored for Melville with 34 off of 32 balls. Some great fielding saw 4 run outs inflicted. Wanneroo needed to chase down 103, however struggled to get runs on the board. Tene Crafford top scored with 17 as they fell well short of the target.
Midland-Guildford 6/83 def by Rockingham-Mandurah 5/76
The Mariners batted first and although it was a bit of a slow start for the side, the players persisted, as Navodya Perera top scored with 26. Ashlyn Thompson stood out for Midland Guildford taking 2/7. The Swans were left to chase down 83 runs. They seemed to be on track until Rockingham Mandurah’s Saffron Mollett took a hat trick restricting Midland Guildford to 76 runs and sealing a win for her team.
South Perth 9/98 def Subiaco Floreat 7/48
Subiaco Floreat won the toss and put South Perth into bat. A team effort from South Perth took their score to 9/98 (all out) off 16.5 overs as Abigail Mcilveen starred with figures of 5/11 off 2.5 overs. In response, Subiaco Floreat were blown away as they only managed to score 48 runs in 15.5 overs in a depleted batting line up. Niamh Gismond, Tyler Jones and Thanishka Nanthavarman impressed with 2 wickets each.