Rangers make dream start to Women’s McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket season

New comers Sydney Rangers made a dream start to the Women’s NSW Premier Cricket competition with a resounding 162-run win over Universities at Mark Taylor Oval.

In the opening round of the competition the Rangers, an amalgamation of Sydney and Northern District First Grade teams, compiled an intimidating 5-297 in their 50 overs.

For the Rangers ACT representative Rebecca Maher scored 127 from just 106 balls in an innings that featured 18 fours. She was ably assisted by NSW Breakers player Lauren Smith who hit a quick fire 57 from 40 balls with eight fours.

In reply Universities were dismissed for 137 with impressive efforts with the ball by Rachael Haynes (3-11 off 4.1 overs) and Angela Reakes (3-12 off 6.1 overs).

Gordon Captain Hannah Trollip made the perfect start to the season with 81, helping her side to a convincing win on Sunday.

Trollip’s innings came off only 86 balls and included nine fours and a six.

She was ably supported by Saskia Horley (52) and Shauna Kavanagh (35) as Gordon scored 7-262 from their allotted 50 overs.

Penrith were never in the chase and could only muster 106 with just three players reaching double figures. Saskia Horley backed up her impressive batting performance with figures of 3-10 from 2.2 overs.

In the round’s final fixture at Harold Fraser Oval, Bankstown Sport displayed their dominance from start to finish.

They dismissed St George-Sutherland for 154 on the back of some tight bowling by Erin Burns (3-22) and Sarah Aley (3-25).

Bankstown then chased down the target with ease as Sydney Sixers representative Ashleigh Gardner hammered 71 off 52 deliveries, ensuring victory in the 22nd over.

Campbelltown-Camden had the bye.

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