Women's Big Bash League

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Women's Big Bash League
Refer to caption
Logo of the Women's Big Bash League
Countries Australia
AdministratorCricket Australia
FormatTwenty20
First edition2015–16
Latest edition2018–19
Next edition2019-20
Tournament formatDouble Round-robin and knockout finals
Number of teams8
Current championBrisbane Heat Women 1st title
Most successfulSydney Sixers (2 titles)
Most runsEllyse Perry (2000*)
Most wicketsSarah Aley (69)
TVSeven Network
Fox Cricket
Websitebigbash.com.au/wbbl
WBBL|04 (2018–19)

The Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) is the Australian women's domestic Twenty20 cricket competition.[1]

The WBBL replaced the Australian Women's Twenty20 Cup, which ran from the 2007–08 season through to the 2014–15 season. The competition features eight city-based franchises, branded identically to the franchises in the men's Big Bash League.

A number of matches during the competition's inaugural 2015–16 season were broadcast by Network Ten, a free-to-air network.[2] The naming rights sponsor for the WBBL is Rebel Sport.[3] The current champions of this tournament are the Brisbane Heat Women.

History[edit]

Women's International Cricket League[edit]

In early 2014, the formation of an international women's Twenty20 competition, based around the franchise model of the Indian Premier League was announced. Headed by former Australian cricketer Lisa Sthalekar and Australian businessman Shaun Martyn, it was proposed that the six teams, based in Singapore, would all be privately owned, and players earning over $US40,000 per season.[4][5]

There was strong support from top female players for the concept,[4] and support was sought from the International Cricket Council, while former international cricketers Geoff Lawson and Clive Lloyd were on the board of the organisation.[5]

The concept was dealt a blow in early June, when the England and Wales Cricket Board announced that they would refuse to release centrally contracted English players. At the same time, Cricket Australia announced it would also refuse to release its players for the tournament. Both organisations expressed concern that the tournament was not being centrally run by a national cricket board, but a private company.[6]

Australian Women's Twenty20 Cup[edit]

Before the establishment of the Women's Big Bash League, Cricket Australia conducted a national Twenty20 competition, the Australian Women's Twenty20 Cup. The tournament ran in conjunction with the Women's National Cricket League, the Australian national women's limited overs competition, with the final being played as a double header with the Twenty20 Big Bash and the Big Bash League.

The competition ran from 2009-2010 season to the 2014-2015 season, with some exhibition games being held in 2007-2008 and 2008-2009. The competition was wound up after the 2014-2015 season to make way for the Women's Big Bash League.

Establishment[edit]

Former Australian national captain Belinda Clark revealed on 19 January 2014 the planning for a women's BBL was in its early stages but it could become a reality very soon. They are considering it for the huge rise in television ratings in the BBL 03 season and the rise in women's cricket popularity.[7]

On 19 February 2015, Cricket Australia announced that a Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) would commence in season 2015/2016, with teams aligned to the current men's competition. The teams will share the names and colours of the existing men's BBL teams, meaning that there will be two teams from each of Sydney and Melbourne while one team from each of Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Hobart. The format and draw of the tournament are yet to be revealed.[8]

Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said in a media release, “We see T20 as the premium format of the women's game and the WBBL is an exciting concept that will increase the promotion and exposure of women's cricket”.[9] Sutherland also said, “Our existing female domestic competitions are arguably the strongest in the world, with the continued success of the top-ranked women's team, the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars, a testament to that”. Cricket Australia executive Mike McKenna said, "Our goal is to see cricket become the sport of choice for women and girls across the nation, whether as participants or fans".[10] On 13 October 2015, 100 of Australia's elite cricketers joined together to pledge $20 million towards the growth of cricket in Australia, to help grassroots level Cricket, support former players and develop further opportunities for female cricketers.[11]

Current teams[edit]

The competition features the same eight city-based franchises that are in the Big Bash League. Each state's capital city features one team, with Sydney and Melbourne featuring two.[12]

Team City Home ground Secondary grounds Coach Captain Australian Women's Cricket Team players Overseas players
Adelaide Strikers Adelaide Adelaide Oval Blundstone Arena
CitiPower Centre
Eastern Oval
Karen Rolton Oval
TIO Traeger Park
Charlotte Edwards Tegan McPharlin Megan Schutt
Amanda-Jade Wellington[b]
Tahlia McGrath[b]
New ZealandSuzie Bates
New ZealandSophie Devine
EnglandDanielle Hazell
Brisbane Heat Brisbane The Gabba Cazaly's Stadium
Harrup Park
North Sydney Oval
Andy Richards Kirby Short Beth Mooney
Holly Ferling
Jess Jonassen
Grace Harris
South AfricaSune Luus
South AfricaLaura Wolvaardt
Hobart Hurricanes Hobart Blundstone Arena UTAS Stadium
West Park
Julia Price Corinne Hall BarbadosHayley Matthews
EnglandHeather Knight
IndiaSmriti Mandhana
EnglandAlex Hartley
Melbourne Renegades Melbourne Marvel Stadium CitiPower Centre
Geelong Cricket Ground
GMHBA Stadium
Lachlan Stevens Amy Satterthwaite Jess Duffin
Molly Strano[b]
New ZealandLea Tahuhu
New ZealandAmy Satterthwaite
EnglandDanielle Wyatt
Melbourne Stars Melbourne Melbourne Cricket Ground Casey Fields
CitiPower Centre
Karen Rolton Oval
David Hemp Kristen Beams Kristen Beams
Erin Osborne
South AfricaMignon du Preez
South AfricaLizelle Lee
EnglandGeorgia Elwiss
Perth Scorchers Perth Optus Stadium CitiPower Centre
Lilac Hill
TIO Traeger Park
Lisa Keightley Meg Lanning Elyse Villani
Nicole Bolton
Meg Lanning[a]
EnglandAmy Jones
EnglandKate Cross
New ZealandHayley Jensen
Sydney Sixers Sydney Sydney Cricket Ground Blundstone Arena
Hurstville Oval
North Sydney Oval
Ben Sawyer Ellyse Perry Ellyse Perry
Alyssa Healy
Lauren Cheatle[b]
Ashleigh Gardner[b]
Sarah Aley[b]
South AfricaDane van Niekerk
South AfricaMarizanne Kapp
New ZealandSara McGlashan
Sydney Thunder Sydney Spotless Stadium Bankstown Oval
Blacktown International Sportspark
Blundstone Arena
Manuka Oval
North Sydney Oval
Joanne Broadbent Alex Blackwell Alex Blackwell
Rene Farrell
Rachael Haynes[b]
JamaicaStafanie Taylor
IndiaHarmanpreet Kaur
New ZealandRachel Priest

a Meg Lanning did not participate in the 2017/18 WBBL season due to injury.[13]
b These players have not played a sufficient number of recent international matches and do not count towards the cap of 5 Australian/international players per match.[14]

Tournament results[edit]

Season Final Final host (note) Final venue City/Town
Winner Result Runner-up
2015–16
Details
Sydney Thunder
7/116 (19.3 overs)
Thunder won by 3 wickets
Scorecard
Sydney Sixers
7/115 (20 overs)
Melbourne Stars Melbourne Cricket Ground Melbourne
2016–17
Details
Sydney Sixers
5/124 (20 overs)
Sixers won by 7 runs
Scorecard
Perth Scorchers
7/117 (20 overs)
Perth Scorchers WACA Ground Perth
2017–18
Details
Sydney Sixers
1/100 (15 overs)
Sixers won by 9 wickets
Scorecard
Perth Scorchers
99 (20 overs)
Adelaide Strikers Adelaide Oval Adelaide
2018–19
Details
Brisbane Heat
7/132 (19.2 overs)
Heat won by 3 wickets
Scorecard
Sydney Sixers
7/131 (20 overs)
Sydney Sixers Drummoyne Oval Sydney
  • Note: The first 3 WBBL finals were played prior to the BBL final, with the 4th WBBL played on a different day to the BBL final

Team performances[edit]

Suzie Bates batting for Perth Scorchers against Sydney Thunder at Lilac Hill Park, Perth, on 21 January 2017. The wicketkeeper is Alex Blackwell.
Team 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18 2018-19
Adelaide Strikers 7th 8th SF (4th) 6th
Brisbane Heat 6th SF (3rd) 5th W (1st)
Hobart Hurricanes SF (2nd) SF (4th) 8th 8th
Melbourne Renegades 8th 7th 6th SF (3rd)
Melbourne Stars 5th 5th 7th 7th
Perth Scorchers SF (4th) R (2nd) R (3rd) 5th
Sydney Sixers R (2nd) W (1st) W (1st) R (2nd)
Sydney Thunder W (1st) 6th SF (2nd) SF (4th)
Notes

Media coverage[edit]

2015/16 Season[edit]

The 2015/16 season initially planned to have 8 of the 59 matches (including the final) air live on Australian free-to-air network One. TV ratings success encouraged the Ten network to also add coverage of the semi-finals and move two of the remaining three matches to its main channel (Ten).[15] ITV4 sought broadcast rights also.[16][17]

The high TV ratings for the Women's Big Bash League convinced Network Ten to move the broadcast of the WBBL Melbourne Derby clash between Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades from One to Ten, their main broadcast channel.[18]

The WBBL commentary team was led by Andrew Maher with former Australian players Mel Jones and Lisa Sthalekar. The Free-To-Air broadcast of the WBBL covered the following games:

  • Saturday 19 December 2.30pm AEDT Live on ONE - Brisbane Heat vs Adelaide Strikers
  • Sunday 20 December 11.30am AEDT Live on ONE - Sydney Sixers vs Perth Scorchers
  • Thursday 31 December 2.30pm AEDT Live on ONE - Adelaide Strikers vs Perth Scorchers
  • Friday 1 January 2.30pm AEDT Live on ONE - Hobart Hurricanes vs Brisbane Heat
  • Saturday 2 January 1.30pm AEDT Live on TEN - Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne Renegades
  • Saturday 9 January 2.30pm AEDT Live - Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder
  • Saturday 16 January 1.30pm AEDT Live on TEN - Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder
  • Thursday 21 January 2.30pm AEDT Live on ONE - Sydney Thunder vs Perth Scorchers (Semi-Final 1)
  • Friday 22 January 2.30pm AEDT Live on ONE - Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Sixers (Semi-Final 2)
  • Sunday 24 January 1.30pm AEDT Live on TEN - Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers (Final)

2016/17 Season[edit]

Network Ten broadcast 11 games in the 2016/2017 season. The commentary team was again led by Andrew Maher and featured Mel Jones and Lisa Sthalekar alongside Jason Bennett and Pete Lazer. The following WBBL matches were televised on Channel Ten and One. [19] [20]

  • December 10: Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Renegades (2:10pm on TEN and TEN HD)
  • December 10: Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Stars (6:10pm on TEN and TEN HD)
  • December 11: Perth Scorchers vs Hobart Hurricanes (11:10am on TEN and TEN HD)
  • December 11: Sydney Sixers vs Brisbane Heat (2:10pm on TEN and TEN HD)
  • December 31: Adelaide Strikers vs Perth Scorchers (2:10pm on TEN and TEN HD)
  • January 1: Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne Renegades (2:10pm on TEN and TEN HD)
  • January 8: Hobart Hurricanes vs Brisbane Heat (2:10pm on TEN and TEN HD)
  • January 14: Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder (2:10pm on TEN and TEN HD)
  • January 21: Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Stars (12:10pm on TEN and TEN HD)
  • January 24, 25: WBBL semi-finals (3:10pm on ONE)
  • January 28: WBBL final (2:10pm on TEN and TEN HD)

All the WBBL games were also able to be watched live and free, streamed via the internet on the WBBL page on Facebook[21] and the WBBL page on Cricket.com.au[22]

2017/18 Season[edit]

A total of twelve matches were televised on free-to-air in the third season of Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) on Network Ten, including four on the opening weekend.[23] The remaining 47 matches were live streamed on the Cricket Australia or MamaMia websites as well as the Cricket Australia Live App for mobile.

Match No Teams Average TV Ratings
National 5 metro cities
Session 1 Session 2 Session 1 Session 2
1 Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder [24] 226,000 331,000 146,000 241,000
3 Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Stars [25] 376,000 469,000 249,000 297,000
4 Perth Scorchers vs Brisbane Heat [26] 159,000 251,000 99,000 150,000
6 Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers [27] 335,000 421,000 210,000 275,000
15 Sydney Sixers vs Hobart Hurricanes [28] 186,000 307,000 110,000 182,000
23 Adelaide Strikers vs Brisbane Heat [29] 179,000 275,000 106,000 172,000
34 Adelaide Strikers vs Perth Scorchers [30] 193,000 343,000 113,000 223,000
42 (note) Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne Renegades [31] 107,000 172,000 62,000 97,000
49 Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes [32] 143,000 229,000 88,000 149,000
Semi Final 1 (note) Sydney Thunder vs Perth Scorchers [33] 100,000 75,000 63,000 48,000
Semi Final 2 (note) Sydney Sixers vs Adelaide Strikers [34] 68,000 41,000 113,000 73,000
Final Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Sixers [35] 198,000 313,000 119,000 190,000
Notes
  • ^1 The Super Over of match 42 drew ratings of 296,000 nationally, and 185,000 in the 5 metro cities.[36]
  • ^2 Both semi finals were broadcast on Network Ten’s secondary channel ONE.

2018/19 Season[edit]

It was announced in April 2018 that, as part of the new cricket broadcast rights deal made by Cricket Australia, 23 matches of the tournament will be aired live on the Seven Network and on the new Fox Sports dedicated cricket channel Fox Cricket. The remaining 36 matches not televised will be live streamed on the Cricket Australia website.[37]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ David Knox (25 November 2015). TEN confirms Women's Big Bash League commentary team – TV Tonight. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
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  15. ^ http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia/content/story/958647.html
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  33. ^ Thursday #ONE #Rebel #WBBL03 @tensporttv First semi final: Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Thunder twitter.com/MediaweekAUS. Retrieved on 2 February 2018
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