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WBBL to start in October as a standalone competition

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12th June, 2019

For the first time the Women’s Big Bash League will have be played as a standalone competition, allowing all eyes to be on women’s cricket.

The Women’s Big Bash League will take the spotlight this October, as a stand-alone competition for the first time. 

Cricket Australia released the fixture list on Wednesday with the Sydney Sixers to face city rivals Sydney Thunder under lights at North Sydney Oval on October 18.

The 59-game competition will continue until December 8,  giving the players their own clean air to play instead of running alongside the Big Bash League. 

Each team will play 14 matches with the finals festival weekend hosted by the top-ranked team, featuring the top four playing off in semi-finals before the decider.

The games will be played in cities and regional centres on Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays to allow for better prime time viewing.

WBBL champions Brisbane Heat announced Ashley Noffke had been appointed coach, to replace Pete McGiffin, and the re-signing of allrounder Grace Harris.
Meanwhile, Victorian Elyse Villani has signed with the Melbourne Stars.

Villani comes from the Perth Scorchers where she played 58 matches across four seasons, accumulating 1706 runs including a high score of 84 not out.

It’s hoped the WBBL will build momentum for the T20 World Cup in Australia next year.