Universities shone with the bat and the ball to win the 2015-16 (Under 17) Brewer Shield with a nine wicket result over Northern District in the grand final of the 40-over competition at Blacktown International Sports Park on Sunday.
From the moment Universities skipper Olivia Porter won the toss and gave Northern District first use of the Blacktown wicket, the result was almost never in doubt.
Jade Christie (3-7), Stella Campbell (2-6) and Jemimah Keelan (1-1) helped dismiss Northern District for 75 in 29.4 overs before Universities cruised to 1-75 in 14.5 overs, with Maddy Darke (29 not out), Claudia Johnston (15) and Amy McKay (15 not out) scoring the bulk of the runs.
Darke was one of the standouts with the bat in the 40-over competition, notching 264 runs from her eight innings at the remarkable average of 88.
She was only dismissed three times and included two 50s (players have to retire when the reach 50 in the Brewer Shield competition) in her run-laden season.
The Under 17s will resume battle in January with a Twenty-20 competition.
Sydney Women’s Grade competition – Brewer Shield (Under 17) Grand Final (Limited Overs)
Universities 1-75 off 14.5 overs (Maddy Darke 29 not out, Claudia Johnston 15, Amy McKay 15 not out; Shivana Mehta 1-20) defeated Northern District 75 off 29.4 overs (Abbey Taylor 25, Amy Cunningham 17; Jade Christie 3-7, Stella Campbell 2-6, Jemimah Keelan 1-1) by nine wickets at Blacktown International Sports Park on Sunday. Toss: Universities. Batted first: Northern District.
Sydney Women’s Grade competition – Round 11 (Twenty20)
First Grade: Universities 5-129 off 20 overs (Kate Owen 26, Melissa Norup 18, Alex Blackwell 17 not out; Gabriella Stanwix 1-10, Stephanie Marsh 1-18) defeated Sydney 57 off 14.4 overs (Laura Marshall 13, Nicole Goodwin 12; Maisy Gibson 3-11, Renee Hebden 2-4, Alice Davidson-Richards 2-15), with a bonus points, at David Phillips North Oval on Sunday. Toss: Universities. Batted first: Universities. Points: Universities 7, Sydney 0.
Second Grade: Sydney 9-107 off 20 overs (Laura Marshall 52; Renee Hebden 4-14) defeated Universities 7-83 off 20 overs (Caitlin Rawstron 24; Synetta Manns 3-14) by 34 runs at David Phillips North Oval on Sunday. Toss: Universities. Batted first: Sydney. Points: Sydney 6, Universities 0.