Courtney Neale snares her first WBBL wicket

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According to the players in the WBBL village, there is plenty to do. There’s a golf simulator, table tennis, a barista and plenty of delicious food, but for Courtney Neale, one thing is missing.

“I am trying to get a therapy dog or therapy dogs into the hub,” Neale says.

“While I think I have a couple of people on board, I’m not sure it is logistically possible.”

Ferling good! Holly confident the Stars can snare a WBBL top-four finish

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The Melbourne Stars are the only team in the WBBL not to have featured in the finals yet.

But with the return of Meg Lanning for WBBL06, the addition of internationals like Katherine Brunt and Natalie Sciver, and some young guns to keep an eye on like Sophie Day and Tess Flintoff this might be their year.

Unfortunately for the Stars, like several other teams, the season has not gone as planned with both their initial games being abandoned due to wet weather.

Lauren Smith joins new-look Sydney Thunder for WBBL06

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Fans of the Sydney Thunder Women’s Big Bash League team owe captain Rachael Haynes a thank you.

According to new recruit Lauren Smith, it was Haynes that convinced her to join the black and lime green for WBBL06.

“I have been at the Sydney Sixers for five years now and I didn’t really want to leave New South Wales,” said Smith.

Belinda Vakarewa rewarded with return to Aussie squad

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speak with Belinda Vakarewa a couple of hours before she is due to board a plane from Tasmania to the Brisbane bubble to join the remainder of her teammates from the Australian women’s cricket team ahead of the upcoming series against New Zealand.

After a year like no other, Vakarewa is excited about the prospect of joining her teammates and just playing some cricket.

Women’s IPL a squandered opportunity

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On Sunday 8 March 2020, I was at the Melbourne Cricket Ground with 86,173 other people to watch the Australian Women’s Cricket team beat the Indian Women’s Cricket Team by 85 runs in the final of the ICC T20 Women’s World Cup.

It was a hugely momentous day for women’s sport, setting a new world record for the highest ever attendance at a women’s cricket match and showing the world what is possible when appropriate investment is made.

Where to next for women’s cricket after the T20 World Cup?

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It has been just over a week since Australia were named ICC T20 Women’s World Cup champions after defeating India in the final by 85 runs in front of 86,174 fans at the MCG.

The day had several unforgettable moments. Alyssa Healy signalling her intention for her batting innings, hitting Shikha Pandey’s first delivery of the match to the boundary. Beth Mooney’s remarkable innings of 78 from 54 balls, setting a new record for the highest score in a women’s T20 World Cup final. A visibly pregnant Katy Perry entertaining the crowd before the match started, surrounded by giant lipstick-wearing cricket bats and imagery that screamed girl power.

Rene Farrell hoping for fairy tale finish to cricket career

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In December last year when the Sydney Thunder WBBL team concluded their campaign with a loss to the Melbourne Renegades, cricket fans knew they were saying farewell to one legend of the game in Alex Blackwell.

A guard of honour was formed by the players for Blackwell to walk through. But to the surprise of some, Blackwell was not the only player to walk through that guard of honour.

No surprises with ICC T20 Women’s World Cup squad

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On Thursday morning the Australian squad was announced for the upcoming T20 Tri-Series and ICC T20 Women’s World Cup, set to begin on 21 February in Sydney and with games across the country.

On paper the squad is extremely impressive, particularly when you consider what some of the women in this squad were able to achieve last year.