The stirring rise of women’s cricket around the country is set to be further boosted with a string of huge opportunities on offer during the next 12 months
Off the back of 2017-18, which featured a successful Women’s Ashes campaign by Australia, and an ever-growing WBBL season, the coming summer has highlights galore.
Brisbane will have an early taste of the season ahead, hosting a WT20 match between Australia and New Zealand at Allan Border Field on Monday 1 October, the second game in a three-match series that new host broadcaster Channel 7 will show as an opening night game following the AFL Grand Final.
The matches against the White Caps shape as key encounters for Australia, which also meets Pakistan in an away series in Malaysia before heading to the Carribbean for the ICC Women’s World T20 Cup in November.
Queenslanders Beth Mooney and Delissa Kimmince will be important players for the Southern Stars, which will keep a watchful eye on the return of allrounder Jess Jonassen from a knee injury.
The Konica Minolta Queensland Fire are underway next week, playing their first ever Women’s National Cricket League match at Bill Pippen Oval at the Gold Coast Dolphin’s home ground at Kerrydale at Robina.
The Fire take on perennial champs NSW on Friday 21 September before returning to Allan Border Field to host the ACT Breakers on Sunday 23 September.
The Rebel Women’s Big Bash League goes from strength to strength, and Queensland Cricket’s determination to use the Brisbane Heat to spread the word about the game to women, girls and families see the team go further afield this season.
The WBBL Heat will return to Mackay’s Harrup Park again for two night matches as well as break new ground at Cairns’ Cazalys Stadium. They will also play double-headers with their BBL Heat clubmates at the Gabba, all part of the six games that will be televised on Channel 7 and FOX Sports as part of Cricket Australia’s new broadcast deal.
Underpinning that is the continued growth within Queensland Premier Cricket as Women’s First Grade welcomes a sixth team in the Ipswich/Logan Hornets.
There has also been a significant increase in the number of matches across the competition.
The Women’s First Grade competition (Katherine Raymont Shield) will continue to have night T20s, around the time of the WBBL.
As well, Premier Cricket looks forward to embracing the continued growth in junior girls cricket, which will feed into the Youth Girls Competition in December/January, known as the Paul Pink Shield.
Next week sees another important element in the overall growth and strength of the female game in Queensland with the latest Under-18 State Challenge on 24th & 25th September at Wynnum-Manly.
And over the horizon, there are the mighty twin peaks of a stand-alone WBBL competition in 2019 and Australia hosting the ICC Women’s World T20 Cup in 2020.