This Saturday will see the cream of Women’s Premier Cricket face-off in the T20 Finals.
The Women’s Premier Firsts final will see the vastly improving Melbourne side come up against a battle-hardened Essendon Maribyrnong Park (EMP) for the title at the Harry Trott Oval.
Prior to the action last weekend, Melbourne had secured their position in the T20 Final, while the fight was on between Dandenong, Box Hill and EMP as to who filled that last position.
The fixture for the last round saw EMP and Dandenong play against each other at Melville Oval, Hamilton (the match having been shifted on agreement from Aberfeldie Park to promote Women’s Cricket in the west of Victoria), while Box Hill would host Melbourne at Box Hill City Oval.
EMP were clinical in Hamilton last Saturday over the Panthers, securing a 9-wicket win with 9 overs to spare chasing 89, boosting their Net Run Rate over Dandenong’s to gain second position. This meant the fate of the Bombers was now in the hands of the Box Hill-Melbourne game the following day with the Bombers wanting Melbourne to win. After Box Hill was dismissed for 98, Melbourne took their time getting the required runs, eventually winning by 5 wickets with 5 balls spare, ending the run of the Mustangs and securing EMP the remaining position in the T20 Final.
For Melbourne, Amy Vine (144 runs @ 36), Teagan Parker (118 runs @ 59) and Amara Carr (101 runs @ 25.25) have provided the bulk of the scoring, while EMP have had to rely on runs from Jenny Taffs (130 runs @ 65), Natalie Schilov (92 runs @ 23) and skipper Briana Binch (62 runs @ 20.67).
Both teams this season appear to have their strength lie with the ball, where both clubs have only conceded over 100 runs twice each in the six T20 matches played. Binch (7 wickets @ 12.86) had support from Sophie Van De Heuvel (4 wickets @ 11.5) and Michelle Tan (4 wickets @ 20.75), while other bowlers in the Bombers attack helped to keep the scores down across the games. For Melbourne, Anna O’Donnell (10 wickets @ 10.3) and Amy Yates (7 wickets @ 10.29) have been their strike bowlers, with support from Jordan Watson, Stephanie Townsend and Tegan Orwin (all 4 wickets each) helping Melbourne secure their finals birth.
While Melbourne finished on top of the ladder, the boost that EMP will receive having gained back several players from WBBL duties will help them in pressure situations. Melbourne on the other hand will be looking to gain their first ever Women’s Premier Firsts title since forming under the MCC banner. Expect the game to come down to whoever can best handle the pressure points in each innings.
In the Women’s Premier Seconds, Carlton-Brunswick and EMP will face-off for the title. These clubs had the top two positions sewn up with a round to be played (as Melton in 3rd had the Bye in the final round). Both teams have played well during the T20 section of the fixture, with Carlton-Brunswick beating EMP in their encounter on the 20th January by 9 wickets at Aberfeldie Park.
For Carlton-Brunswick, the brunt of their run-scoring comes from Alex Rogers (198 runs @ 39.6), Lily Tassell (174 runs @ 43.5) and Laura Crofts (161 @ 32.2), while EMP has relied on Alyssa Humphries (136 runs @ 34), Taylah Lynn (116 runs @ 23.2) and Lyndall Daley (112 runs without dismissal in 4 innings).
With the ball, Carlton-Brunswick has seen Adelaide Campion (10 wickets @ 5.5) stand out, with support from Madeline Jones (5 wickets @ 9.6), Crofts (4 wickets @ 11.25) and Rogers (4 wickets @ 16.25). For EMP, Maryam Omar (10 wickets @ 12.4) has been strong, with Grace Lee (7 wickets @ 7.29) the main bowler providing support.
With the opportunity beckoning, Carlton-Brunswick will be looking to win the Final and finish the T20 section undefeated (having only been impacted due to the washed out round in December). Form says Carlton-Brunswick to win, but EMP could match them on the day. Expect this game to be closely fought.
Women’s Premier Firsts T20 Final
Melbourne vs Essendon Maribyrnong Park
2:30pm Start – Harry Trott Oval
Women’s Premier Seconds T20 Final
Carlton-Brunswick vs Essendon Maribyrnong Park
11:00am Start – Harry Trott Oval