Pleasant conditions saw Round 5 of the Victorian Premier Cricket Women's competitions take place this weekend.
On Saturday, EMP made it back-to-back wins with a 9-wicket victory over neighbours Carlton-Brunswick. The Strikers batted first and would have felt somewhat comfortable in making 177 with Nipuni Hansika (63) and Katia Jomini (36) leading the way against an attack led by state quick Chloe Rafferty (3/29). In return, the Bombers made it look like a training drill with skipper Makinley Blows (75 & 2/13) and Molly Strano (64*) laying the foundations in the successful run chase, with Nat Schilov (25*) continuing her strong start to the season with the blade to average 97.67 at the break.
On Sunday, Ringwood notched their fourth win of the season with a 6-wicket win over Plenty Valley at Yarrambat. The Bats started proceedings and finished at 8/182 with skipper Sophie Reid (57) and Meagan Ciavarella (45) their best with the blade. Olivia Henry (3/10) was the best of the bowlers for the Rams. In return, the Rams were rarely troubled with skipper Bhavi Devchand (80) and Tess Flintoff (67*) being the catalysts in the Rams securing more points. Meagan Ciavarella (2/34) finished her all-round game with the best bowling figures for the Bats.
Melbourne survived a big scare to secure a 4-wicket win against last placed Prahran at Beaumaris Secondary College. The True Blues went in with one of their stronger teams of the season with Annabel Sutherland and Alana King both available but were restricted to a total of 91 batting first. Sutherland (29), Alana King (20) and Rhys McKenna (19) were the only double-figure scorers for the visitors, while Elly Donald had a field day with the ball finishing with 6/20 off 8 overs. In return, the Demons eventually secured the points in the 35th over after a batting collapse saw them at 6/55. X. Tras top scored with 28 and Renee Moffitt (24) was the best with the bat, while Sutherland (2/31) and Alana King (2/8) tried hard for the upset result.
Finally, Dandenong came away from Box Hill City Oval with a 4-wicket win over the hosts. The Mustangs batted first and were dismissed for 122 with Zoe Griffiths (29) leading the card. The destroyer for the Panthers was former skipper Emma Gallagher who finished with 6/12 off her 10 overs, tearing a hole through the Mustangs middle and lower order in the process. In return, the Panthers were able to get enough partnerships together to see them home with Tiana Atkinson (32) and Jess Matin (25*) leading the way with the bat, while Dani Montague (2/23) and Zoe Griffiths (2/16) the best with the ball for the hosts.
Kookaburra Women's Premier Firsts One DayRound 5
Melb 6-92 def Prah 91 (E Donald 6-20),
Ring 4-186 (Devchand 82, Flintoff 67*) def Plenty Valley 8(cc)-182 (Reid 57, Ciavarella 45, Henry 3-10)
Dand 6-123 (Atkinson 32) def Box Hill 122 (Gallagher 6-12)
EMP 1-181 (Blows 75, Strano 64*) def Carl-Bruns 177 (Hansika 63, Jomini 36, Rafferty 3-29)
Kookaburra Women's Premier Seconds One DayRound 5Dand 9-129 (Robinson 32 Stilve 3-15) def Box Hill 7(cc)-128 (Bradley 32 Wrigglesworth 3-14), EMP 4(cc)-187 (Kaur 47) def Carl-Bruns 139 (Rooke 4-23), Prah 8-128 (Nainhabo 3-24) def Melb 127 (Homberg 40 Bennett 4-15), Ringwood 2-81 (Rule 46no) def Plenty Valley 78 (Doevelaar 4-17 Blacker 3-17), Kookaburra Women's Premier ThirdsRound 5Box Hill v Dand (No result provided), Ringwood def Plenty Valley (forfeit), Melb 9(cc)-174 (A Quinsey-Munro 4-13) def Prah 98 (Quinsey-Munro 30no), EMP 8(cc)-156 def Carl-Bruns 8(cc)-144,