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Adelaide Strikers’ WBBL|05 fixture released
THE Adelaide Strikers’ Women’s Big Bash League team will play its first match of WBBL|05 in early October, after a landmark new fixture for the upcoming season was released this week.
After four seasons of the competition being played alongside the men’s Big Bash competition, this summer’s women’s league will feature on seven consecutive weekends around Australia from October through to the finals in December.
The Strikers will open their campaign with a weekend of games in Adelaide against Melbourne Renegades at Karen Rolton Oval on October 19 and 20.
There are two more Adelaide games at the venue on November 9 and 10 against Perth Scorchers and Melbourne Stars, with Perth Scorchers and Sydney Thunder also playing a neutral game at the ground on November 10.
Other Strikers games are scheduled in Brisbane, Mackay, Hobart, Sydney and a regional NSW venue.
Speaking to Strikers media, Adelaide WBBL head coach Luke Williams said: “The standalone season is such an important milestone for WBBL and this is a particularly exciting season to be a part of”.
“Our games against the Renegades are always a tight contest, so to start the season at home that way, is set to be a fantastic spectacle for fans,” he said.
SACA chief executive Keith Bradshaw added: “This is so exciting for women’s cricket”.
“The change in timing is really going to give the world’s best female cricketers a chance to thrive and inspire more women and girls to get involved in the game,” he said.
The men’s BBL|09 schedule for the upcoming summer will be released next month.