Rebel Women's Big Bash League gets underway
The inaugural standalone rebel Women's Big Bash League has arrived, with Friday night's season opener between the Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder kicking off the summer of Big Bash.
Over the next eight weeks, the stars of the world's strongest cricket league for women will take the field across the country to vie for the rebel WBBL|05 title.
Joining the Sixers and Thunder at North Sydney Oval for the opening festival weekend are defending champions, Brisbane Heat. Their season begins with a rebel WBBL|04 final rematch with the Sixers on Saturday night, before taking on the Thunder on Sunday. Few would forget their epic semi final.
The Sixers' opponents from last year's other memorable semi, the Melbourne Renegades, begin their campaign on Saturday against the Adelaide Strikers. The Hobart Hurricanes and Melbourne Stars also face off in their season opener on Saturday, while the Perth Scorchers' season will begin next Wednesday.
Cricket Australia Head of Big Bash Leagues, Alistair Dobson, hailed rebel WBBL|05 as "a significant step in the evolution of the league.
"Fittingly, our summer of Big Bash begins with the world's strongest cricket league for women, which deserves its own dedicated standalone season."
"With the support of our broadcast and corporate partners, the commitment of our clubs and players, and passion of our fan base, we're confident rebel WBBL|05 will be the league's best season yet."