The T20 component of the Katherine Raymont Shield will begin this Sunday with a host of exciting fixtures to kick-start the season and featuring some sensational players.

Gold Coast vs Valleys – Bill Pippen Oval (Gold Coast), 10am

Finishing 2nd and 3rd in last years T20 season, this is going to be one of many close matches. Both teams are coming off a win in the 50 over tournament and wish to continue the momentum. Valleys are coming into this game slightly stronger in terms of Queensland Fire players with both Georgia Prestwidge and Mikayla Hinkley. Gold Coast will be without star wicketkeeper-batter Georgia Redmayne while she is on duties with the Australian Women's Squad form the series against India that gets underway in Mackay next week.

University of Queensland vs Ipswich – Cheltenham Oval (Gold Coast), 10am

Two teams that involve many young players prepare to make the hike down to the coast for the first round. University should be a full-strength team involving both Laura Kimmince and Charli Knott while Ipswich have the Johnston cousins, Ellie and Ruth, the reigning Kath Smith Medallist.

Finishing 5th and 6th on last years T20 ladder both teams want to start their season with a win. Fighting for a spot in the top 4 will be harder then ever but all teams are very capable. This match is going to be very even and it could come down to the wire.

Western Suburbs vs Sandgate-Redcliffe – Graceville Memorial Park Oval 1, 10am

Defending champions, Western Suburbs, will begin their season at home trying to regain their third consecutive title. Having a boosted squad this week due to Queensland Fire inclusions, Wests will certainly have one of the strongest teams. These Queensland Fire players include Grace Harris, Holly Ferling, and Meagan Dixon. Last time Harris came up against Sandgate-Redcliffe, she crunched 162 off just 69 deliveries.

This is not to say that Sandgate-Redliffe have a weak team, they most certainly do not. They also have many Queensland Fire players including Georgia Voll, Lilly Mills, Caitlin Mair, and Tess Cooper. The newly established big hitter, Voll will be giving Harris a run for her money when it comes to range hitting. Indeed this will be a thrilling match!

This is the first Katherine Raymont Shield game to be streamed on Kayo Freebies. Make sure to tune into this big hitting match from 10am.

Wynnum-Manly/Redlands vs Sunshine Coast – Graceville Memorial Park Oval 2, 10am

With a newly strengthened team, Wynnum will most definitely put up a fight in what should be a nail-biting game against the Sunshine Coast. As the defending 50 over champions, the Sunny Coast have the depth to take any game down to the last over.

Amreen Kahlon has already taken 6 wickets this season at an average of 11.33 and shows no sign of slowing down. The move to Wynnum-Manly/Redlands paid off well and made for an unforgettable first grade debut. The leg-spinning allrounder took 4/26 off 10 overs including the prized wicket of Ruth Johnston. The scariest part is that Amreen is also capable of opening the batting last week,crunching 28 runs.

Gold Coast vs University of Queensland – Bill Pippen Oval (Gold Coast), 2pm

Another home game for the Gold Coast Dolphins, although the familiar surrounds won’t ensure them the upper hand as they come across a full strength UQ team. It will take a fight from both teams to get the win and some fast bowling should be on display when Courtney Sippel charges in. Last season taking 23 wickets at an average of 16.83 did not give her glory for the true pace she bowls.

Having started her 50 over campaign off strongly, Ruby Strange from UQ will hope to continue her good form in this week’s T20s. In round 1 the Gladstone product scored a run a ball 38 before smashing 48 runs the week after. This big hitting allrounder will be a worry for opposition especially in the T20’s.

Valley vs Ipswich – Cheltenham Oval (Gold Coast), 2pm

All of the teams seem to be evenly matched and this one is no different. Valleys have come off an intense finish to last weeks thriller where they won with an incredible 10th wicket partnership between Abby Harris and Shriya Naidu. Abby scored 26* off 22 to get her team over the line. Valleys should be taking some of the momentum into this week’s T20’s. Ipswich have come off a loss involving four ducks and a low team score. This caused them to be beaten by an in-form Sandgate team.

Western Suburbs vs Wynnum Manly/Redlands – Graceville Memorial Park Oval 1, 2pm

On paper, Wests have much stronger batting and bowling line-ups. They has been unbeatable in the past when they have a full-strength squad but this is not to say that Wynnum don’t have a chance. After finishing at the bottom of the table last season, the club has rebuilt by recruiting many new and promising players. Although coming into this game as underdogs, they’re capable of winning if they get off to a quick start.

Sandgate-Redcliffe vs Sunshine Coast – Graceville Memorial Oval 2, 2pm

As previously discussed, Sandgate-Redcliffe is a strong team in short format games. This will not stop defending one day champions, the Sunny Coast from putting up a fight .

Sunshine Coast’s, Mikayla Wrigley will have no trouble with the pinch-hitting aspect involved in T20 cricket. A slow start to the season with the bat won’t slow her down whatsoever with the gloves. Wrigley has taken many catches and runouts both this season and last. While she is a powerhouse in One Day matches, she is suited very well to the style of T20’s. The wicketkeeper-batter tends to show aggression early in the innings and scores runs with ease.

Full Fixtures

Round 3:

Gold Coast vs Valleys – Bill Pippen Oval (Gold Coast), 10am

University of Queensland vs Ipswich – Cheltenham Oval (Gold Coast), 10am

Western Suburbs vs Sandgate Redcliffe – Graceville Memorial Park Oval 1, 10am (Kayo Freebies game)

Wynnum-Manly/Redlands vs Sunshine Coast – Graceville Memorial Park Oval 2, 10am

Round 4:

Gold Coast vs University of Queensland – Bill Pippen Oval (Gold Coast), 2pm

Valleys vs Ipswich – Cheltenham Oval (Gold Coast), 2pm

Western Suburbs vs Wynnum Manly/Redlands – Graceville Memorial Park Oval 1, 2pm

Sandgate-Redcliffe vs Sunshine Coast – Graceville Memorial Oval 2, 2pm