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FIRST GRADE GRAND FINAL - SUNDAY, 28 MARCH
Our First Grade girls have done it!! Grand Final winners! This is the first time the girls have been crowned champions in the Women’s Premier Competition. The ND's family are proud of you all!
ADAM LUCIUS WRITES ABOUT THE GRAND FINAL:
"Northern District has won the McDonald's Women's Premier Cricket First Grade title for the first time after upsetting hot favourites Sydney in a grand final boilover at Bankstown Oval.
The Rangers recovered from a shaky start after batting first, rebuilding from 3-17 to post a competitive 7-173 from their 50 overs.
It proved more than enough against Sydney's powerful batting line-up, with the Tigers bowled out for just 97 in 36 overs. The minor premiers had been coasting at 0-42 before losing 10-55 in an almighty collapse.
NDs off-spinner Lauren Smith, who opened the bowling, was named Player of the Match after taking 3-16 from her 10 overs.She was well supported by left-arm finger spinner Alisha Bates (2-19) and leg-spinner Anika Learoyd (2-3).Learoyd also stood tall with the bat, making a classy 48 to assist Matilda Lugg (35) and Abbey Taylor (37 not out) in resuscitating their team's innings.
"Sydney were the more consistent all year and have the big names so we went in as underdogs, but everyone did their job and contributed," NDs skipper Kirsten Smith said. "We didn’t start that well with the bat, but consolidated, and it was a similar story with the ball. "They got off to a good start but we just stayed in the contest and started taking wickets. "That's our first title so it's a great honour to be part of that. We are stoked."
Sydney skipper Gizelle Plummer said: "It's a bit disappointing but that's the way it goes. Credit to them..."
UNDER 19 AND UNDER 16'S SQUADS ANNOUNCED FOR APRIL SERIES
Rangers' rising stars are among 34 Under 19 girls named to represent ACT/NSW Country and NSW Metropolitan in the Riverina town of Albury during April.
The Female Under 19 ACT/NSW Country and NSW Metro teams will play a mix of T20 and One-Day fixtures in a quad series involving the Victorian Country and Metro Under 19 women’s teams from April 8 to 13.
The matches are an important addition to the calendar for the players selected following the cancellation of the Female Under 19 National Championships due to the related impacts of COVID-19. Best of luck to all below:
NSW METROPOLITAN: Shivani Mehta and Sarah Turner
ACT / NSW COUNTRY: Alisha Bates; Tara Craig; Grace Dignam; Caitlin Galeano (res); Anika Learoyd; Holly Simmons (res) and Abbey Taylor
Also a Female Under 16 NSW Metro and ACT/NSW Country squad have also been selected for a mix of T20 and One-Day matches from 15-16 April at Raby Sports Complex. Representing the Rangers are:
ACT / NSW COUNTRY: Kate McTaggart and Sienna Eve