Melbourne to host WBBL Opening Weekend for first time

July 16, 2018
Melbourne to host WBBL Opening Weekend for first time

Melbourne will host the opening weekend of the Rebel WBBL for the first time this summer

Melbourne will host the opening weekend of the Rebel WBBL for the first time as the Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades begin their campaigns at the CitiPower Centre at Junction Oval.

The weekend of December 1st and 2nd will see four matches played at the new venue featuring all eight sides in the league.

Every match will be broadcast live on the Seven Network over the opening weekend.

The Stars begin their season against the Sydney Sixers on Saturday 1 December and the Renegades kick off their campaign against the Sydney Thunder on Sunday 2 December.

Victorian Acting Minister for Sport Philip Dalidakis said record numbers of women and girls are signing up to play community cricket after being inspired by players like Renegades legends Jess Duffin and Sophie Molineux and rising Stars player Makinley Blows.

“The Andrews Labor Government is right behind them. We’ve invested more than $60 million improving cricket facilities across the state, upgrading Junction Oval, and making sure pavilions are female friendly. This WBBL coup will inspire even more women and girls in Victoria to join a local team and get out on the oval”

Cricket Victoria CEO Andrew Ingleton said it was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate elite women’s cricket and showcase the new venue.

“It’s going to be a huge weekend and we’re excited to have the entire league coming to Melbourne. There will not be a better opportunity this season to see the best players in action and of course we’ll be supporting the Renegades and the Stars so they can start the season with a win,” Ingleton said.

“Our venue is perfectly positioned to host the opening weekend. To our local community and the wider bayside area, this is a great opportunity to get outdoors with the family and watch world-class cricket in your backyard. It’s a great way to kick off a huge season of Big Bash action.”

The venue is set to host six WBBL matches during the season, with the MCG and Marvel Stadium also hosting Stars and Renegades matches.

CitiPower Centre Fixtures:

Saturday, 1 December 2018: Perth Scorchers vs. Hobart Hurricanes
Saturday, 1 December 2018: Sydney Sixers vs. Melbourne Stars
Sunday, 2 December 2018: Adelaide Strikers vs. Brisbane Heat
Sunday, 2 December 2018: Melbourne Renegades vs. Sydney Thunder
Saturday, 8 December 2018: Melbourne Renegades vs. Adelaide Strikers
Saturday, 12 January 2019: Hobart Hurricanes vs. Melbourne Renegades

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