Parramatta continued its dream start to the McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket competition with its third victory from the opening four rounds against St George-Sutherland on Sunday.
The youthful Parramatta side led by 15-year-old Sydney Sixers’ allrounder Hayley Silver-Holmes defeated the Slayers by three wickets at Hurstville Oval to remain undefeated. Round two was declared a draw due to wet weather.
Parramatta was set 226 for victory by St George-Sutherland and reached the target with 13 balls to spare. Silver-Holmes (60) played a key role in the victory. Her partnership with Kate Barry (47), worth 88 runs for the third wicket, was vital to getting the visitors over the line.
The unbeaten start to the season is made more remarkable by the fact that the majority of the Parramatta team are still teenagers. Eight players in the team have been selected for either NSW Metro, ACT/NSW Country or the Cricket Australia XI for the upcoming Under 18 National Championships in January.
The teenage duo of Silver-Holmes (1-27) and 15-year-old Kate Peterson (2-45) again performed with the new ball as they had done in previous rounds.
Peterson is the leading wicket-taker in the competition with six scalps at an average of 13.83. Meanwhile, Silver-Holmes has claimed just the two wickets this season but has only two runs per over.
Silver-Holmes is also the leading run-scorer for the competition with 117 runs to her name at 39.
Breakers’ opening bowler Rene Farrell claimed 3-31 from nine overs for the Slayers. Julie Muir (3-35) also returned similar figures for the hosts.
Opening batter and wicketkeeper, Joanne Kelly (71) and Melissa Norup (67 not out), both made half-centuries for St George-Sutherland and shared a 111-run partnership for the fifth wicket.