Hot conditions greeted players on the long weekend for the action that occurred in the Women's grades of Victorian Premier Cricket.
EMP and Melbourne saw the more comfortable playing conditions on Saturday when they faced one another at Aberfeldie Park, with the result seeing the Bombers bring a crushing end to the Demons' 7-match winning streak with a bonus-point win. Batting first, the Bombers were led by Elyse Villani's knock of 97 in their eventual total of 7/240, with Molly Strano (38), Natalie Schilov (37) and Taylah Lynn (32) all playing support roles, while Rhiann O'Donnell (2/24) was the pick of the Demons' attack. In return, the Bombers' blunted the Demons' batting card early and regular wickets falling saw the end of the innings for 87, with Ella Hayward (17) the only player to pass 15. For the Bombers, wickets were shared around with Strano, Grace Jones, Chloe Rafferty and Jess Field all take 2 wickets each, while Villani doubled-up as keeper and completed a catch and a stumping.
On Sunday, Dandenong returned to the winners' circle with a 19-run win over Ringwood at Russell Lucas Oval. The visitors batted first and finished with a score of 9/232, led by Kim Garth (82) and skipper Nicole Faltum (57), while Cassie Stephens (3/32) was the pick of the Rams' attack. In return, the Panthers were able to peg regular wickets and break key partnerships to see the Rams finish on 213. Skipper Bhavi Devchand (53), Laura Shaw (52*) and Kristy Arulrajah (36) all batted well, but Garth (2/23), Julie Fearns (2/26) and Emma Gallagher (2/39) saw the points return to Shepley Oval.
The thriller of the day was at Princes Park #1 between Carlton-Brunswick and Prahran, with the visitors securing victory from the jaws of defeat by just 2 runs. The True Blues batted first and scored 161 thanks to Merinda Hale (42), Meika King (34*) and Rhys McKenna (31), while Emily Mitchell (4/34) and Rebeka Vandort (3/19) kept the score in check. In reply, the Strikers were well on their way to securing the points at 4/157 before the wicket of Cailin Green (47) changed the course of the game, with a spell of 6/2 in 14 balls swinging the result to the visitors, with Ellen Williams (3/21) and skipper Annabel Sutherland (2/25) the match-winners during this defining spell.
Finally, Box Hill defeated Plenty Valley by 8-wickets on DLS after the hot temperatures impacted their match at Yarrambat War Memorial Park. The hosts batted first and scored 8/134 off their 50 overs, with Jasmine Nevins (33) the pick of the scorecard for the Bats, while bowling rewards were shared by Tahlia Meier (2/3), Isobel White (2/15) and Paris Rafferty (2/20). In return, the Mustangs innings was stopped part-way through with the temperature forcing players off the field for a period of time. Upon return, the Mustangs were set 89 to score off 25 overs, achieving this for the loss of 2 wickets with Anna Lanning (38*) and Lara Shannon (24) laying the platform for the win, while Letesha Bawden (2/23) was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts.
Kookaburra Women's Premier Firsts One Day
EMP 7(cc)-240 (Villani 97 Strano 38 Schilov 37 Lynn 32) def Melb 87,
Dand 9(cc)-232 (Garth 82 Faltum 57 Stephens 3-32) def Ringwood 213 (Devchand 53 Shaw 52no Arulrajah 36),
Prah 161 (Hale 42 King 34no McKenna 31 Mitchell 4-34 Vandort 3-19) def Carl-Bruns 159 (Green 47 Williams 3-21),
Box Hill 2-89 (Lanning 38no) def Plenty Valley 8(cc)-134 (Nevins 33) (DLS),
Kookaburra Women's Premier Seconds One Day
Dand 9(cc)-158 (Mison 56no Loughnan 3-24) def Ringwood 7(cc)-148 (Thompson 51),
Prah 8-148 (Harrison 33 Groves 3-23) def Carl-Bruns 7(cc)-147 (Jenkinson 39 Innes 3-13),
Box Hill 2-148 (Weber 106no) def Plenty Valley 9(cc)-182 (Price 72 Field 31 Walker 3-25),
Melb 5(cc)-228 (Gill 72 Sutton 33no Perrin 31) def EMP 4(cc)-199 (Davidge 62no Jagger 32), Kookaburra Women's Premier Thirds
Box Hill 0-57 def Plenty Valley 56 (Forwood 7-10),
Ringwood 9(cc)-161 (Harrison 52no Gouws 30 Mahendran 3-32) def Dand 109 (Lynch 3-11),
Carl-Bruns v Prah (No result provided),
EMP v Melb (No result provided),