Gordon Blue stay six points clear at top of table

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A four-wicket win over Northern District has kept Gordon Blue at the top of the table in the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket Combined First and Second Grade T20 competition.

After rounds six and seven of the competition on Sunday, Gordon Blue remain undefeated with five wins and 31 points. Penrith are in second place on 25 points.

Olivia Porter starred with the bat in the 82-run win for Universities Blue over Gordon Red on Sunday. She made a superb 72 from 62 balls and partnered with Kate Owen (56) to set up the win with bat in hand.

Breakers batter Mikayla Hinkley scored her first half-century of the Combined T20. She remained unbeaten on 65 not out from just 40 balls in a five-wicket win against St George-Sutherland at Howell Oval.

Penrith lost the second of its back-to-back matches at home on Sunday. It went down by 45 runs to Sydney.

Sydney opener Jodie Hicks made a pivotal 72 in the win. Team mate Lillian Dummett starred with the ball. She claimed 4-6.

St George-Sutherland captain, Cailyn Fountain, made 61 from 54 deliveries in the loss to Penrith, but maintained her position as the leading run-scorer in the Combined T20.

Fountain has scored 231 runs at an excellent average of 77. Gordon Blue allrounder Charlotte Anneveld trails the Slayers captain by 48 runs.

Anneveld has scored 183 runs at the extraordinary average of 91.5, including 49 from 40 balls in the win against Northern District, at Mark Taylor Oval.

Emma Doutreband and Isabella Fitzgibbon both returned three wickets for the victorious Gordon Blue in that match.

Doutreband claimed 3-8 from three overs, while Fitzgibbon bowled her full allotment of four overs and collected 3-13.

Northern District opener Kirsten Smith was the only batter to make fifty in the loss to Gordon Blue. She made 51 from 38 balls.

Campbelltown-Camden won the other match held on Sunday at Raby Oval No. 1. It defeated Bankstown Sports, in a narrow contest, by just three runs.

The semi-finalists in the Third Grade competition have been decided after the final round on Saturday.

Gordon finished top of the table after it defeated Universities Blue. St George-Sutherland overcame Bankstown and qualified for the semi-finals in second position.

Campbelltown-Camden beat Universities Gold to finish in third place. It will play St George-Sutherland next Saturday at Gifford Park.

Manly-Warringah had the bye in round nine. It finished in fourth place and will meet minor premiers Gordon in the other semi-final next Saturday.

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