Having had a male dominated round up last week, the headlines this time around are being made by the stars of our women’s side.
While the big headline is possibly the return of Kim Garth to the WBBL, where she has been signed by Perth Scorchers, Lara Maritz has been starring for the ICC’s Global Development XI against top class T20 opposition this week.
On Weds, they faced a joint Melbourne Renegades/Stars XI, and having put 111 runs on the board, they beat the Victorian XI by 12 runs, Maritz taking 2 of the wickets for 17 in her 3 overs. In their 2nd game, the Adelaide Strikers finished on 160-5, with Maritz taking 2-23 in 4 overs, with the WGD managing only 105-6 in reply.
A third game , again facing the combined Melbourne side, saw the Victorians score 132-5, Maritz taking 1-18 in 2 overs, and then restricting the global side to 96-9, Maritz making 4* off 6 balls batting at 10. Game 4 saw them face Adelaide again, who racked up 179-8(Maritz going for 11 in 1 over) and then bowled their opponents for 91 , Maritz making 3*.
Among the men, a few will be glad to get runs on the board. Stephen Doheny’s (pictured above) two-day game for Randwick Petersham 2s ended happily for him this week. In addition to being on the winning side against Sydney University, the young batsman posted a brisk 49* (51), as his side prevailed by 5 wickets. He was in action for the Randy Petes first team on Sunday but wasn't required to bat as they chased just 95 in a 9-wicket win.
His Rush teammate Neil Rock also got off the mark in style for WA club Mount Lawley, where he keeps wicket in 2nd grade. This weekend he contributed to their 42 run win over Rockingham Mandurah with a top scoring haul of 55 runs, off 82 balls.
Ross Allen’s Centrals had an 80 run win in their A grade game against Yallourn North, with Allen opening and scoring 12 of their 189 runs.
Will Smale opened his account in 3rd Grade for Sydney on Saturday, the young wicketkeeper scoring 9(11) against Parramatta, in a game they lost by 45 runs. He had more luck on Sunday, when he played a Poidevin Grey Shield (u21) T20 against UTS North Sydney, where chasing 129, he contributed 15(20) towards their total of 132, winning by 5 wickets.
And finally, in WA , ex Irish international Sean Terry continues to score runs captaining Melville in 1st Grade. On Saturday he scored 52(78) batting at 3, in a losing cause against Scarborough. This was his second half- century this season, having scored the same total in 58 balls the previous week against Perth (their 1st game of the season being abandoned.
And that's it for another week. Again, please feel free to contact me via twitter ( @dotski_w ) with additional information, particularly regarding players out there that we’ve not tracked down yet