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Stars Set to Host WBBL Opening Weekend

16 July 2018

The Melbourne Stars has a brilliant summer of WBBL to look forward to with five Melbourne matches including a WBBL|04 opening weekend blockbuster against the Sydney Sixers at the CitiPower Centre at Junction Oval on December 1.

The festival weekend, across December 1 and 2, will include all eight WBBL clubs playing at the new home of cricket in Victoria, all broadcast live on Channel 7 and FOX SPORTS.

The Stars’ fixture also features two matches at the MCG, on January 1 and 14, two matches over a weekend at Casey Fields on December 15 and 16, and a total of four broadcast matches across the season.

The festival weekend at Casey Fields, where the Stars host the Scorchers across Saturday and Sunday fixtures, provides the local Casey community an opportunity to see some of the world’s best cricketers in their backyard and will coincide with the Melbourne Stars Family Day.

Melbourne Stars CEO, Clint Cooper, said he was looking forward to seeing some big crowds at all Victorian matches.

“We’re excited for all Stars fans to get behind us this season and thrilled that this fixture has given us an opportunity to play at our spiritual home, the MCG, our new home at CitiPower Centre and bring quality matches out to our fans in the City of Casey.

“We’d love to see a full house at CitiPower Centre for the opening weekend and we’re hoping to break some records down at Casey Fields, with our Family Day often bringing in up to 10,000 fans from the area,” said Cooper.

Cooper also welcomed the opportunity to play double headers at the MCG for the last time, before the WBBL moves to a standalone competition next year.

“We know our fans and members enjoy the opportunity to see both our women’s and men’s teams play at the MCG, and in the past our double headers have brought in up to 20,000 fans to cheer on our WBBL team. We’re confident that the more fans exposed to WBBL matches this year will result in even more interest in the competition as it moves to a standalone format in WBBL|05,” said Cooper.

See our full home and away fixure below, matches hosted in Victoria are in bold.

DATE

OPPONENT

VENUE

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Sydney Sixers

CitiPower Centre

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Hobart Hurricanes

West Park Oval, Burnie

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Hobart Hurricanes

West Park Oval, Burnie

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Perth Scorchers

Casey Fields

Sunday, 16 December 2018

Perth Scorchers

Casey Fields

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Brisbane Heat

Gabba

Friday, 21 December 2018

Adelaide Strikers

TBC

Sunday, 23 December 2018

Adelaide Strikers

Adelaide Oval

Saturday, 29 December 2018

Melbourne Renegades

Marvel Stadium

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Melbourne Renegades

MCG

Saturday, 5 January 2019

Sydney Thunder

Blacktown International Sports Park

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Sydney Thunder

Bankstown

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Brisbane Heat

Gabba

Monday, 14 January 2019

Sydney Sixers

MCG


Kim McConnie, Head of Big Bash Leagues, said the WBBL will benefit from Cricket’s new broadcast rights deal, with more matches than ever being broadcast live.

“Our new landmark partnership with FOX SPORTS and Seven West Media has enabled us to almost double the number of broadcast matches to 23, which will help us on our journey to be the leading sport for women and girls in Australia.

“We know there is a demand for women’s cricket, with more people than ever before tuning in to watch the sport, so the strong relationship we are forming with our new broadcaster partners will continue to reinforce the WBBL position as a competition that inspires young girls to understand that cricket is a game for girls too, and that they can make a career from the sport – not just at the top level,” said McConnie

Head of FOX SPORTS, Peter Campbell said: “FOX SPORTS is gearing up to deliver the biggest summer of women’s cricket ever. Australia v New Zealand T20s and the World T20 Cup kick things off before the WBBL launches into action. Starting with a blockbuster opening round, the new home of cricket will show 23 WBBL matches including all the finals live and ad break free during play. Across December and January, the WBBL will feature alongside the Australia v India Test Series and the BBL, all on a new dedicated channel, FOX Cricket.”

Seven Network Head of Cricket Dave Barham added: “There will be 23 WBBL matches on Seven this summer including all the key games and finals – almost double the amount shown on FTA last year – which is testament to the belief we have in women’s sport and women’s cricket.”

For full fixture details click click here.