WBBL returns to North Sydney Oval

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The fourth edition of the Women’s Big Bash League got underway last weekend and after the results, I think it’s clear that it is going to be a very competitive season.

There were upsets – most notably the Melbourne Stars defeating the Sydney Sixers by 7 wickets thanks to some tremendous bowling from Nicola Hancock who took 4-22 (including the key wicket of Ellyse Perry) – and some phenomenal batting from Lizelle Lee who scored 102 off 56 balls. That was the fourth highest score in WBBL history and the highest ever total from a Stars player.

WBBL set to begin with a bang in Melbourne

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On the weekend the Australian Women’s Cricket team beat England in the final of the ICC World T20 Tournament which has taken place in the Caribbean over the last month.

With an eight-wicket win in the final, the Australians were comprehensive victors and now finally have a piece of global silverware to add to their trophy collection.

Fortunately for cricket lovers, the action isn’t over, with the fourth iteration of the Women’s Big Bash League commencing tomorrow. All eight teams will feature in a two-day smorgasbord of cricket taking place at Junction Oval in Melbourne.

Aussie women set for finals showdown against England

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With a 71-run win over the West Indies Women’s team, the Australian Women’s Cricket team will play in their fifth consecutive ICC T20 World Cup match on Sunday morning.

Leading into the match, the big question on everyone’s lips was ‘will Alyssa Healy be playing?’ Alyssa is currently Australia’s most in-form cricketer, scoring six centuries in her last eight T20 innings but was under an injury cloud following her departure from the field in Australia’s loss to India earlier this week due to concussion.

Australian women storm into T20 semi finals

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The Australian Women’s Cricket team has one more pool match – against India on Sunday morning at 2am AEST – before they progress to the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s World T20 which is currently being contested in the Caribbean.

The Aussies have been in exceptional form. They beat Pakistan in their first pool match by 52 runs, comprehensively defeated Ireland in their second game by nine wickets and then on Wednesday beat New Zealand by 33 runs.

How I missed a historic Women’s Ashes performance

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For the Konstantopoulos family, summer is synonymous with cricket.

From when I was a little girl, I have plenty of fond memories playing backyard cricket with my dad and brothers, attempting classic catches into the pool during the hot days and also cuddling up to my dad to watch the Boxing Day Test, often still feeling very snoozy and full of Christmas cheer.

Australia out to win number four at women’s World T20

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The Australian women’s Cricket team will tomorrow play their first game of the ICC women’s World T20 in the Caribbean against Pakistan.

Interestingly, it’s only the third time the Australian team has played in the Caribbean – the first was for a Test match back in 1976 and the second time was for their successful World T20 campaign in 2010 where the squad was captained by Alex Blackwell.

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This story was first written and published for the Roar.

The Australian women’s cricket team have started the international summer with a bang, winning their first two matches in their T20 ODI series against New Zealand.

That means that the Aussies have managed to seal the series before the final game for the first time in a T20 series since 2012 against the Kiwis.

The summer of cricket starts at North Sydney Oval tonight

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The summer of cricket well and truly begins tonight when the Australian women’s cricket team take on the New Zealand White Ferns in the first of three T20 matches taking place over the next week.

The first game will take place at North Sydney Oval. If it evokes similar enthusiasm as the Ashes series did last November, spectators are in for an outstanding evening of cricket.

The Australian team features plenty of fan favourites, including Alyssa Healy, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt and Elyse Villani. But there are some new players in the squad too, with two uncapped players – Georgia Wareham and Tayla Vlaeminck, both from Victoria – set to make their international debut.

Women’s World Cups part of NSW Government strategic bidding plans

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This week the New South Wales government signalled its intention to be a heavy hitter in the sporting event space over the next ten years with a strategic decision announced on Monday to bid for ten world cups in the next ten years.

When it comes to women’s sport, I always say it is important to celebrate how far we have come, while continuing to strive to be better because we still have a very long way to go.

Standalone WBBL finals a big tick for Cricket Australia

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Yesterday, the fixtures for WBBL04 were announced by Cricket Australia and there have been some big developments.

It seems that Cricket Australia has learnt from what worked last year and has made some changes which again prove that they are a sport that is passionate about being a for everyone.

As per usual, the summer will begin with a bang – but this time, with a triple bang.