Overcast conditions greeted players for Round 7 of the Victorian Premier Cricket Women's competition this weekend. Whilst the weather was not as pleasant as other weekends, some strong performances still occurred on the park.
On Saturday, Ringwood returned from their road trip to Aberfeldie Park with the points after a 5-wicket win against EMP. The hosts were without state representatives in Elyse Villani and Makinley Blows for this game and capitalised on this by keeping the Bombers to a score of 163. Taylah Lynn (48) and acting captain Alyssa Humphries (45) were the only bats to acclimatise to the Rams' attack led by Olivia Henry (4/25). In reply, the Rams were able to chase the total for a loss of 5 wickets with 48* from Kristy Arulrajah and 34s from skipper Bhavi Devchand and Laura Shaw. For the Bombers, Jess Field was the only bowler to make regular inroads finishing with 4/34.
On Sunday, Box Hill continued on their recent work with a 5-wicket win against Prahran at Box Hill City Oval. The visitors batted first and scored 122, with Rhys McKenna (37) and skipper Annabel Sutherland (19) the only True Blues players to face more than 20 deliveries for the innings. The Mustangs were best served by Dani Montague (3/21) and Jasmine Fleming (2/14) with the ball. In reply, the Mustangs secured the win off the back of a knock of 41* from Tahlia Meier and 23 from Lara Shannon, while the best with the ball for the visitors was Annabel Sutherland (2/34).
Melbourne continued their undefeated start to the season by accounting for second placed Dandenong at Beaumaris Secondary College by 10 wickets. The Panthers batted first and set the Demons a solid chase of 183 after Lucy Cripps (53) and Kelly Applebee (27) put on 84 for the 5th wicket, while the visitors received 39 extras from the Demons' attack. Rhiann O'Donnell (3/29) was the pick of the Demons' attack with Anna O'Donnell (2/25) and Olivia Downes (2/28) in support. In return, the Demons could do no wrong with Rhiann O'Donnell breaking through for her maiden Premier 1st XI century (105*) and skipper Teagan Parker (60*) guiding the hosts home without loss against one of the better bowling attacks this season.
Finally, Carlton-Brunswick returned from the road trip to Yarrambat with the points with a nail-biting 3-wicket win against Plenty Valley. The hosts batted first and struggled with the willow, eventually being dismissed for just 89. Sophie Day (25) and Sophie Reid (16) were the only bats to pass double figures and the 26 extras received helped save the Bats from a lower score against Strikers skipper Addy Campion (5/17) and Emily Mitchell (3/34). In reply, the Strikers appeared to be getting home steadily at 3/82 before the dismissal of Nipuni Hansika (32) triggered a late collapse led by Bats' debutant Aanliya Cheeran (3/20) before squeaking home, while Sophie Day (2/21) also tried hard for the hosts.
Kookaburra Women's Premier Firsts One Day
Ringwood 5-165 (Arulrajah 48no Devchand 34 Shaw 34 Field 4-34) def EMP 163 (Lynn 48 Humphries 45 Henry 4-25),
Box Hill 5-123 (Meier 41no) def Prah 122 (McKenna 37 Montague 3-21),
Melb 0-183 (R O'Donnell 105no Parker 60no) def Dand 182 (Cripps 53 R O'Donnell 3-29),
Carl-Bruns 7-93 (Hansika 32 Cheeran 3-20) def Plenty Valley 89 (Campion 5-17 Mitchell 3-34),
Kookaburra Women's Premier Seconds One Day
Box Hill 4-149 (Dekel 43no Harrison 33 Bradley 32no) def Prah 147 (Innes 56 Gouldson 3-27),
EMP 8(cc)-143 (Neil 39) def Ringwood 107 (Rooke 3-14 Lee 3-20),
Melb 6(cc)-160 (Chesterfield 32 Caron 3-26) def Dand 90 (Nainhabo 4-11 Watson 4-13),
Carl-Bruns 1-115 (Dahanayake 42no Boyd 33) def Plenty Valley 114 (Kennedy 3-28),