Round 9 of the Women's Premier Cricket competition in Victorian Premier Cricket was undertaken earlier today. Pleasant playing conditions greeted everyone involved and saw three of the four 1st XI matches played finished with a result of under 25 runs.
At Russell Lucas Oval, Plenty Valley defeated the home side Ringwood by 16 runs. The Bats saw skipper Sophie Reid unavailable but were boosted by Victorian and Australian rep Tayla Vlaeminck for her first game since the foot injury that prevented her from playing WBBL. Batting first, the visitors scored 182 with Jasmine Nevins (51) and Meagan Ciavarella (38) scoring freely, while Nethuli Perera (3/17) was the pick of the bowlers. In reply, the Rams only reached 166 in reply with debutant Meg Thompson (31) and Kristy Arulrajah (31) the only bats to pass 15 for the hosts. The returning Vlaeminck (3/27) bowled well and upset the Rams' top order, while Jessie Hulett (2/34) was the other multiple wicket taker.
At Toorak Park, Melbourne survived a scare from Prahran to come away with an 11-run win. The Demons batted first and reached 191 off the back of a maiden half century from Mia Perrin (55) and Renee Moffitt (41) batting well after the visitors collapsed to 4/30. Rhys McKenna (3/33) was the pick of the True Blues attack. In reply, Prahran skipper Annabel Sutherland (58) led the bulk of the run chase but the pressure of the chase increased when she was dismissed with the score at 3/105, with the next highest score being Courtney Neale (20). After a gallant effort, the True Blues were dismissed in the 49th over, with Anna O'Donnell (4/30) and Rhiann O'Donnell (2/24) the pick of the Demons' attack.
At Shepley Oval, Dandenong hosted Box Hill and came away with a 21-run win. The Mustangs were boosted by the appearance of Australian and Victorian star Meg Lanning for the encounter. The Panthers batted first and reached a score of 168 with Tiana Atkinson (45) and Lucy Cripps (39) the leading bats, while Isabel White (6/16) was the destroyer with the ball. In return, the Mustangs innings ebbed and flowed and eventually ended at 147, with Zoe Griffiths (45) and White (37) the leading bats for the visitors, while the pick of the bowlers was Emma Gallagher (3/24) who also ended Meg Lanning's day at the crease early, bowling her for 5.
Finally, Carlton-Brunswick took on EMP at Princes Park and the visitors came away with the only bonus point in 1st XI matches this weekend with a strong 8-wicket win. The Strikers batted first and struggled to score freely against the Bombers' attack to finish at 8/144. Rebeka Vandort (39) and skipper Addy Campion (34*) were the only players to pass 30 with the bat, while Georgia Wareham (3/26) bowled well in her return from injury that ended her WBBL campaign early. In reply, the Bombers cantered home, chasing the target in 23 overs thanks to Elyse Villani (94) and skipper Makinley Blows (38*), while Ella Baulch (2/28) was the only wicket taker for the hosts.
Kookaburra Women's Premier Firsts One Day
Dand 168 (Atkinson 45 Cripps 39 White 6-16) def Box Hill 147 (Griffiths 45 White 37 Gallagher 3-24),
EMP 2-146 (Villani 94 Blows 38no) def Carl-Bruns 8(cc)-144 (Vandort 39 Campion 34no Wareham 3-26),
Plenty Valley 182 (Nevins 51 Ciavarella 38 Perera 3-17) def Ringwood 166 (Thompson 31 Arulrajah 31 Vlaeminck 3-27),
Melb 191 (Perrin 55 Moffitt 41 McKenna 3-33) def Prah 180 (Sutherland 58 A O'Donnell 4-30), Kookaburra Women's Premier Seconds One Day
Carl-Bruns 4-181 (Barendsen 67 O'Neill 47) def EMP 180,
Box Hill 7(cc)-166 (Morando 42 Bradley 37 Taylor 4-32) def Dand 165 (Strickland 50 Heenan 34 Gouldson 3-19 Nelson 3-20),
Ringwood 126 (Loughnan 34) def Plenty Valley 95 (Syan 34 Blacker 3-12 Abhyankar 3-18),
Melb 5(cc)-232 (Homberg 74 Chesterfield 32) def Prah 8(cc)-162 (Huggins 42), Kookaburra Women's Premier Thirds
Round 7Dand 6-119 (Mahendran 33no) def Box Hill 116 (Winterton 37 Clark 3-17),
Ringwood def Plenty Valley (forfeit),
Carl-Bruns 5-79 (Hoang 3-14) def EMP 78 (E Byrne 7-9 Lowe 3-12),
Melb 8(cc)-159 def Prah 8(cc)-129,