WBBL update: Ellyse is Perry, Perry good

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With WBBL semi-finals just over a week away, five teams remain in contention for the top four spots being the Sydney Sixers, Sydney Thunder, Brisbane Heat, Melbourne Renegades and Perth Scorchers.

Unfortunately for the Melbourne Stars, Hobart Hurricanes and Adelaide Strikers, their WBBL04 campaigns will not progress past Monday.

If you’re a Melbourne-based cricket fan, make sure you get behind the Renegades for their final games. If they can hold onto fourth spot and keep the Scorchers relegated to fifth, they will be the first Melbourne club to feature in the WBBL finals in the history of the competition.

Five teams remain in contention as WBBL hits halfway mark

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Happy new year women’s sports fans!

While it may be the start of a new year, we are certainly not at the beginning of my favourite domestic cricket competition – the WBBL.

With just under a month to go until the final on the 26th January 2019, there are still five teams in contention for those final four spots – the Sydney Sixers, the Sydney Thunder, the Brisbane Heat, the Perth Scorchers and the Melbourne Renegades.

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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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.