Emma Biss in action for Melville against Subiaco Floreat // John Sherry
South Perth have moved 10 points clear at the top of the Female A-Grade 50-over table with a dominant Round Seven win over Midland-Guildford, while Subiaco Floreat scored a much-needed win defeating Melville.
The Sky Blues never let Midland-Guildford into the contest, dismissing the Swans for just 66 thanks to a six-wicket haul from Sarah Addison at Lilac Hill.
After starring in last week’s T20 final, Chloe Piparo (one) and Bhavisha Devchand (13) couldn’t build on their championship-winning performances.
South Perth cruised to victory with 30 overs to spare and seven wickets in hand, extending their lead over second-placed Melville to 10 points.
The Lions kept themselves in the hunt for a spot in the final after they cruised to a 55-run win over the Storm at Floreat Park Oval.
Subiaco Floreat won the toss and elected to bat, which resulted in a shaky start. Megan Banting fell for 13 before fellow Scorcher Heather Graham was removed for a duck.
However, Lucy Curtin (24) and Lauren Nicholson (29) stepped up to help the Lions to a respectable total of 121.
Melville never got going in their innings, Lions bowler Jess Emery the star finishing with figures of 3-19.
Emma King, Phoebe Vlahov and Kay-Leigh Nicholas all claimed two wickets as the Lions bowled Melville out for just 66.
Round Eight sees South Perth hosting Subiaco Floreat, while Midland-Guildford can jump back into the top two with a win over bottom-placed University at Lilac Hill.-Jake Battrick