Round 12 of the Women's Premier Cricket season was completed earlier today with a last-over thriller and a drought-breaker the key highlights from the day's play.
At Princes Park #1, Carlton-Brunswick hosted Plenty Valley with the visitors coming out to play with a 105-run victory. The Bats won the toss and set a score of 180 on the board, with skipper Sophie Reid (43), Meagan Ciavarella (36) and Simran Gandhi (32) all making positive contributions. For the hosts, skipper Addy Campion (4/28) was the leader of the attack, with the remaining wickets shared in hauls of 2 wickets. In reply, the Strikers were on the back foot early at 4/15 and never recovered, finishing up all out for just 75. Nipuni Hansika (22) and Kira Grace (13) were the only players to reach double figures apart from Extras (23), while the Bats' attack was led by Jasmine Nevins (4/16), Ciavarella (3/13) and Jane Riley (2/16).
The 'match of the day' between Dandenong and Melbourne at Shepley Oval turned out to be a thriller with the Panthers sneaking home on the last wicket with just 3 balls to spare. The Demons' batted first and set a competitive score of 6/165 with Ella Hayward (76*) and Amy Vine (48) both finding some form with the willow in the lead-up to Finals. For the Panthers, the wickets were shared between Emma Gallagher (2/24), Yashoda Senarathne (2/25) and Uvindee Wijesena (2/25). In reply, the Panthers looked like the match had slipped from their grasp at 5/44 but a 6th wicket stand of 64 between ex-Ringwood player Isabelle Robinson (35) in her first 1st XI game for the Panthers and Senarathne (50*) kick-started the charge back. When the 9th wicket fell, Dandenong was still 5 runs short but keeper Evie Stansby held her nerve and hit the winning runs. Rhiann O'Donnell (4/24) was the pick of the Demons bowlers, with Anna O'Donnell (2/21) and Steph Townsend (2/30) also bowling well.
At Toorak Park, Prahran hosted Box Hill and the visitors came away with a 7-wicket win. The True Blues batted first and struggled against the accurate Mustangs attack, finishing all out for 83 with Rhys McKenna (23) and Jaide Anthony (21) the only bats to reach double digits. For the Mustangs, Zoe Griffiths (4/12) continued her fine season with the ball, while Isabel White (2/1) and Dani Montague (2/16) also bowled well. In reply, the Mustangs were able to chase the target comfortably with keeper Lara Shannon (32*), Griffiths (19) and Tahlia Meier (24) scoring freely. Wicket takers for the True Blues were Courtney Neale, McKenna and Ellen Williams.
Finally, at Russell Lucas Oval, Ringwood hosted EMP and the game went the full distance, with the end result being the Bombers finishing victors by 17 runs and effectively putting a line through the Rams' chances of Finals action. The Bombers batted first and set the Rams a daunting score of 4/254. The star of the Bombers' innings was Nat Schilov (100), who broke her century drought with her first 1st XI century since the 2008/09 season before being run out, while skipper Makinley Blows (65) and Taylah Lynn (28*) also batted well. For the Rams, Kristy Arulrajah (3/47) was the only bowler to have success with the ball. In reply, the Rams were keen to prove they were equal to the task and at 3/179 they appeared on-track before a spell of 3/8 ripped the heart out of the chase and saw the Rams' finish at 7/237. Una Raymond-Hoey (55) was the pick of the Rams' bats, with support from Meg Thompson (34), Bhavi Devchand (29) and Laura Shaw (28) in setting up the chase also crucial. For the Bombers, Jess Field (3/49) was their best with the ball, while Makinley Blows (2/38) completed an all-round game.
The Semi Finals for the Women's Premier Thirds competition will commence this weekend with the following games to be played (NOTE: Venues are TBC):
Ringwood vs Carlton-Brunswick at Jubilee Park #2 (The Rock).
Melbourne vs Dandenong at Beaumaris SC - South Oval.
Kookaburra Women's Premier Firsts One Day
Box Hill 3-84 (Shannon 32no) def Prah 83 (Griffiths 4-12),
EMP 4(cc)-254 (Schilov 100 Blows 65 Arulrajah 3-47) def Ringwood 7(cc)-237 (Raymond-Hoey 55 Thompson 34 Field 3-49),
Plenty Valley 180 (Reid 43 Ciavarella 36 Gandhi 32 Campion 4-28) def Carl-Bruns 75 (Nevins 4-16 Ciavarella 3-13),
Dand 9-168 (Senarathne 50no Robinson 35 R O'Donnell 4-24) def Melb 6(cc)-165 (Hayward 76no Vine 48),
Kookaburra Women's Premier Seconds One Day
Ringwood 6(cc)-236 (Thompson 102 Sheedy 89no Kaur 3-35) def EMP 132 (Kaur 31 Fowlie 30 Harris 4-29),
Box Hill 3-200 (Dekel 53no O'Farrell 49no Harrison 35) def Prah 6(cc)-199 (Innes 79),
Carl-Bruns 7(cc)-234 (Groves 73no Jomini 40 Boyd 30) def Plenty Valley 7(cc)-167 (Syan 38 Joshi 33no),
Melb 2-158 (Killeen 84no Gill 51) def Dand 6(cc)-156,
Kookaburra Women's Premier Thirds
Melb 7-137 def Dand 8(cc)-136,
Ringwood 7(cc)-156 (Diab 3-17) def EMP 122 (Field 35),
Carl-Bruns def Plenty Valley (forfeit),
Prah 8-132 (Liyanage 30 Elliot 3-15 Stavretis 3-15) def Box Hill 6(cc)-130,