Cricket fans are familiar with the different cricket leagues happening around the world. The Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL). It is the local cricket competition for Australian women following a Twenty20 format. It consists of eight city-based franchises and each of the participating teams have Australian national cricket team members, including former and current members.
The Women’s Big Bash League used to run alongside the BBL. It has experienced massive popularity, especially in media coverage, which caused it to become a standalone league.
|Date||Time||Home Team||Away Team|
|18-Nov-2021||8:10||Perth Scorchers Women||Adelaide Strikers Women|
|25-Nov-2021||8:10||Melbourne Renegades Women||Adelaide Strikers Women|
|13-Oct-2022||8:40||Brisbane Heat Women||Sydney Sixers Women|
|14-Oct-2022||4:00||Sydney Thunder Women||Hobart Hurricanes Women|
|15-Oct-2022||4:40||Adelaide Strikers Women||Sydney Sixers Women|
|15-Oct-2022||8:05||Brisbane Heat Women||Melbourne Stars Women|
|15-Oct-2022||23:15||Melbourne Renegades Women||Adelaide Strikers Women|
|16-Oct-2022||2:40||Sydney Sixers Women||Melbourne Stars Women|
|16-Oct-2022||6:00||Sydney Thunder Women||Perth Scorchers Women|
|17-Oct-2022||8:05||Hobart Hurricanes Women||Perth Scorchers Women|
|18-Oct-2022||4:30||Brisbane Heat Women||Melbourne Renegades Women|
|18-Oct-2022||8:05||Hobart Hurricanes Women||Sydney Thunder Women|
|20-Oct-2022||9:10||Perth Scorchers Women||Melbourne Stars Women|
|21-Oct-2022||1:00||Melbourne Renegades Women||Brisbane Heat Women|
|21-Oct-2022||4:25||Adelaide Strikers Women||Sydney Sixers Women|
|21-Oct-2022||4:25||Sydney Sixers Women||Adelaide Strikers Women|
|22-Oct-2022||3:30||Perth Scorchers Women||Sydney Thunder Women|
|23-Oct-2022||2:40||Sydney Thunder Women||Melbourne Stars Women|
|23-Oct-2022||6:15||Perth Scorchers Women||Hobart Hurricanes Women|
|24-Oct-2022||4:30||Adelaide Strikers Women||Melbourne Renegades Women|
|25-Oct-2022||5:15||Brisbane Heat Women||Sydney Thunder Women|
|27-Oct-2022||8:10||Brisbane Heat Women||Adelaide Strikers Women|
|28-Oct-2022||4:15||Adelaide Strikers Women||Perth Scorchers Women|
|28-Oct-2022||23:15||Hobart Hurricanes Women||Sydney Sixers Women|
|29-Oct-2022||3:00||Melbourne Renegades Women||Melbourne Stars Women|
|29-Oct-2022||8:10||Brisbane Heat Women||Perth Scorchers Women|
|30-Oct-2022||4:00||Melbourne Renegades Women||Sydney Sixers Women|
|31-Oct-2022||4:00||Melbourne Stars Women||Sydney Thunder Women|
|02-Nov-2022||4:30||Adelaide Strikers Women||Melbourne Stars Women|
|02-Nov-2022||8:05||Sydney Thunder Women||Sydney Sixers Women|
|03-Nov-2022||8:10||Hobart Hurricanes Women||Melbourne Renegades Women|
|04-Nov-2022||4:30||Sydney Thunder Women||Brisbane Heat Women|
|05-Nov-2022||2:00||Melbourne Stars Women||Adelaide Strikers Women|
|05-Nov-2022||5:25||Perth Scorchers Women||Sydney Sixers Women|
|05-Nov-2022||23:15||Hobart Hurricanes Women||Brisbane Heat Women|
|06-Nov-2022||2:40||Melbourne Renegades Women||Sydney Thunder Women|
|06-Nov-2022||5:50||Perth Scorchers Women||Adelaide Strikers Women|
|07-Nov-2022||8:10||Hobart Hurricanes Women||Melbourne Renegades Women|
|07-Nov-2022||8:10||Melbourne Renegades Women||Hobart Hurricanes Women|
|09-Nov-2022||4:00||Perth Scorchers Women||Brisbane Heat Women|
|10-Nov-2022||4:00||Melbourne Renegades Women||Sydney Sixers Women|
|10-Nov-2022||4:00||Sydney Sixers Women||Melbourne Renegades Women|
|11-Nov-2022||7:00||Adelaide Strikers Women||Hobart Hurricanes Women|
|11-Nov-2022||7:00||Hobart Hurricanes Women||Adelaide Strikers Women|
|11-Nov-2022||23:15||Melbourne Renegades Women||Perth Scorchers Women|
|12-Nov-2022||2:40||Melbourne Stars Women||Sydney Sixers Women|
|12-Nov-2022||7:00||Brisbane Heat Women||Hobart Hurricanes Women|
|12-Nov-2022||23:15||Sydney Sixers Women||Perth Scorchers Women|
|13-Nov-2022||2:40||Melbourne Stars Women||Melbourne Renegades Women|
|13-Nov-2022||4:00||Adelaide Strikers Women||Sydney Thunder Women|
|14-Nov-2022||7:00||Adelaide Strikers Women||Brisbane Heat Women|
|15-Nov-2022||4:00||Melbourne Stars Women||Hobart Hurricanes Women|
|15-Nov-2022||4:00||Hobart Hurricanes Women||Melbourne Stars Women|
|15-Nov-2022||8:10||Sydney Thunder Women||Melbourne Renegades Women|
|16-Nov-2022||4:00||Melbourne Stars Women||Hobart Hurricanes Women|
|16-Nov-2022||8:10||Sydney Sixers Women||Brisbane Heat Women|
|18-Nov-2022||4:40||Adelaide Strikers Women||Hobart Hurricanes Women|
|18-Nov-2022||8:05||Sydney Sixers Women||Sydney Thunder Women|
|18-Nov-2022||23:40||Melbourne Stars Women||Perth Scorchers Women|
|19-Nov-2022||23:15||Melbourne Renegades Women||Perth Scorchers Women|
|20-Nov-2022||2:40||Sydney Sixers Women||Hobart Hurricanes Women|
|20-Nov-2022||3:00||Melbourne Stars Women||Brisbane Heat Women|
|20-Nov-2022||6:15||Sydney Thunder Women||Adelaide Strikers Women|
|23-Nov-2022||8:10||Brisbane Heat Women||Hobart Hurricanes Women|
|24-Nov-2022||8:10||Adelaide Strikers Women||Brisbane Heat Women|
|26-Nov-2022||6:20||Sydney Sixers Women||Adelaide Strikers Women|
The plan for creating the Women’s Big Bash League was divulged by Belinda Clark, a former team captain of Australia’s national cricket team, on January 19, 2014. It is an attempt to ride on the continuous growth in popularity of women’s cricket in the country following the men’s Big Bash league’s success. Cricket Australia announced on February 9, 2015 the commencement of the Women’s Big Bash League in 2015-2016.
According to James Sutherland, the CEO of Cricket Australia, the creation of the Women’s Big Bash League will surely increase the popularity of women’s cricket in the country. He added that Australia’s women’s domestic cricket competition is the best. The objective is to make cricket the most preferred sports for women of all ages in Australia and eventually across all nations. One of the momentous events in the Women’s Big Bash League happened on October 13, 2015, when a total of 100 elite cricketers in Australia joined forces and pledged $20 million for the popularity of female cricket in the country. The donated money will be used to support former cricket players, help cricket at the grassroots level, and come up with more possibilities for female cricket players around the country.
Before the Women’s Big Bash League was created, there was a national T20 competition hosted by Cricket Australia. It was called the Australian Women’s Twenty20 Cup. It runs along with the WNCL, which is the national women’s 50+ competition. The tournament ran from 2009-2010, with exhibition games from 2007 to 2009, and another season from 2014 to 2015. After a couple of tournaments, Cricket Australia finally decided to rename the competition and replace the tournament format, which is now called the Women’s Big Bash League. The ultimate goal is to heighten the game’s professionalism, making it an elite female cricket tournament.
The participating teams represent the eight city-based franchises, with one team in every state’s capital city. Although Melbourne and Sydney have two participating teams
On the league’s first six final games, two were bagged by the Sydney Sixers, the Sydney Thunder, and the Brisbane Heat. For the record, it is only the Sydney Sixers that was able to reach four finals and produced the best total win-loss records. Hence, the very reason different media platforms tagged Sydney Sixers the league’s “glamour team.”
The CitiPower Centre is the main ground used by both the Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades, but their preferred secondary ground was not the same. The Melbourne Renegades hosted games in the western part of Melbourne, particularly at the Eastern Oval and Kardinia Park (the main stadium and nearby cricket fields). On the other hand, the Melbourne Stars played conducted their homecourt game in the southeast part of Melbourne, particularly in Casey Fields.
For the Sidney teams, the Sidney Thunder’s game venue is in the west part of Sidney, while the Sidney Sixers prefer the east part of Sidney. Sometimes both teams agree to hold matches on primary ground because of the match’s festival structure where there are multiple scheduled games in a day. Of all the female cricket teams in Australia, only the Hobart Hurricanes have similar primary cricket venue as the Big Bash male cricket team, which is the Blundstone Arena, which has a total capacity of 19,500. The Perth Scorchers’ choice of venue is Lilac Hill Park, where they encourage spectators to tag their dogs with them.
During the inaugural season, the participating cricket teams were asked to play in sporadic clusters. There were two matches in the afternoon, or four times in three days. The teams were forced to gather in neutral cities, such as when the Perth Scorchers and Sydney Sixers’ final game was played at the Adelaide Oval.
The Women’s Big Bash League features games played as curtain-raisers to the Big Bash League men’s edition. In the 2019-2020 edition, it was finally decided to move to standalone. Cricket Australia has finally decided to ask for spectator admission fees. The fans’ admission fee started in a match that took place in Sydney. The first match that sold out was the final game that took place at Drummoyne Oval.
The games are usually played at boutique venues in every state capital city, like Allan Border Field, Brisbane, and Junction Oval, Melbourne. Regional Centres also welcome the idea of hosting the Women’s Big Bash League. A new record in the league happened on January 5, 2019, for the highest standalone attendance at Harrup Park in Mackay. To maximize the the Women’s Big Bash League spectators’ attendance, Cricket North West conducted a weekend of free local cricket.
There were many private companies that sponsored the Women’s Big Bash League, and one of them was Rebel, a retailer of various sporting goods. It was the naming rights sponsor for five seasons. Weber came in after Rebel. Weber is a manufacturer of barbecue grill and is the current naming rights partner of the Women’s Big Bash League. For the players’ headwear and apparel during the initial six editions, it was sponsored by Majestic Athletic. Nike was instrumental too. It was the official partner of all eight teams, responsible for the design and production of outfits for training and playing, including supporter wear. Nike eventually became the league’s official supplier of gaming headwear.