Round 4 of Women's Premier Cricket saw competitive cricket on one of the best days of the season so far in terms of weather.
At Toorak Park, EMP broke through for their first win of the season against Prahran at Toorak Park. The True Blues had Alana King back in town but lost the services of Annabel Sutherland and struggled to contain the Bombers' bats, led by evergreen Nat Schilov (92*) and Alyssa Humphries (53). The Bombers' score of 6/275 was more than enough, with Paris Bowdler (39) the only player to score well, while Chloe Rafferty (3/28) was the best of the bowlers for the winners.
At Russell Lucas Oval, Ringwood came away with the points in a successful run-chase against Box Hill. The Mustangs score of 9/203 was built around Zoe Griffiths (87) and Isabel White (36), while former Mustang Hailey Ferris (3/25) was the best with the ball for the Rams. In reply, it was Tess Flintoff (78) and another former Mustang in Laura Shaw (43*) that guided the Rams home with 4 balls to spare. Zoe Griffiths continued her strong match with bowling figures of 2/32 off her 10 overs.
At Shepley Oval, Dandenong came away with the points, albeit with a mighty scare, against Plenty Valley. The Panthers score of 206 was led by Tiana Atkinson (65), Maryam Omar (44*) and Kim Garth (41) getting solid starts, while Kiara Jones (4/35) led the Bats' bowling attack. In reply, Meagan Ciavarella (61*) and Sophie Day (42) led hard, but a loss of late wickets saw them finish 15 runs short, with Poppy Gardner (4/29) the best bowler for the winners.
Finally at Princes Park #1, Melbourne continued their strong start to the season with a strong win over Carlton-Brunswick. The Demons batted first and an even spread of scorers saw the innings finish at 165, with Ella Hayward (55) and Steph Townsend (31) the best. Katia Jomini (3/23) was the best of the Strikers bowlers. In return, regular wickets falling saw the Strikers fail to get the required tempo early and finish all out for 112 with Eve Sheehan (39) the only player to score well, while Erica Quinn (3/16) was the leading bowler for the victors.
Kookaburra Women's Premier Firsts One DayEMP 6(cc)-275 (Schilov 92no Humphries 53 Blows 31) def Prah 136 (Bowdler 39 Rafferty 3-28), Ringwood 5-207 (Flintoff 78 Shaw 43no) def Box Hill 9(cc)-203 (Griffiths 87 White 36 Ferris 3-25), Dand 206 (Atkinson 65 Omar 44no Garth 41 K Jones 4-35) def Plenty Valley 191 (Ciavarella 61no Day 42 Gardner 4-29), Melb 165 (Hayward 55 Townsend 31 Jomini 3-23) def Carl-Bruns 112 (Sheehan 39 Quinn 3-16), Kookaburra Women's Premier Seconds One DayEMP 129 (Saxon-Jones 40 Neil 37no Bennett 4-21) def Prah 82, Box Hill 8-147 (Harrison 30 Harris 3-26) def Ringwood 8(cc)-145 (McLaughlin 53no McNulty 3-20), Dand 8(cc)-241 (Strickland 65 Robinson 60 Caron 41 Kaur 3-31) def Plenty Valley 107 (Carruthers 34no Wrigglesworth 3-19), Melb 3-126 (Couser 33no Homberg 32no) def Carl-Bruns 123 (Smith 3-16 Couser 3-25), Kookaburra Women's Premier ThirdsRingwood v Box Hill (No result provided), Dand def Plenty Valley, Melb 4(cc)-216 def Carl-Bruns 9-77, Prah v EMP (No result provided),