2021/22 Women’s Premier Cricket recap: Prahran
WE have come to the end of yet another Victorian Women’s Premier Cricket season, full of highs and lows. Now that the season has finished, let us take a look back at how the eight clubs fared across the whole season, and how things panned out since their mid-season report cards.
Today we look at Prahran, who finished seventh this season.
A finals contender of the past, Prahran did not reach the same heights in 2021/22.
Finishing second last on the table, it was an uphill battle for the True Blues across much of the season. They did have a few good wins towards the back of the season, though.
Prahran defeated Plenty Valley twice, beat Essendon Maribyrnong Park once, and even got up over eventual semi finalists Box Hill in the second half of the season. The latter result in particular was sure a highlight for all involved in the True Blues’ camp.
Despite the less then ideal season, the True Blues’ still laid claim to some stellar performances.
Firstly, you cannot talk about the batting performances from this season without the name Annabel Sutherland. Due to WNCL, WBBL and Australian commitments, the young quick only managed one match in Prahran colours this summer, but it was a memorable one at that as she belted 118 at the top of the order.
In terms of the more regular contributors, Jennifer Taffs was the highest scoring True Blue this summer, notching 323 runs at an average of 26.92. Her highest score was 72.
Next on the list is Samara Dulvin, who hit 264 runs at an average of 22, with a high score of 51. Rounding out the top five run scorers for Prahran this season were Rhys McKenna, Paris Bowdler and Merinda Hale.
Looking at the bowling tally, Sophie Day sits atop the tree. She took 18 wickets across 11 matches at an economy rate of 3.17. Her best figures in a match were 4/37.
Second on the list is McKenna, who took 15 wickets at an economy rate of 2.78 and even snared a five wicket haul. Rounding out the top five highest wicket takers for Prahran this summer were Hale, Diya Redhu and Ellen Williams.
Where to from here?
Much like Plenty Valley, the only way is up for the True Blues. While they have got the Victorian level talent there like McKenna, Day and occasionally Sutherland, the future is youth for the True Blues, and the likes of Emily Sharkey and Meika King are still young and will grow and prosper with time.