The WBBL|04 opening weekend kicked the season off at Melbourne’s CitiPower Centre with nearly 5,000 fans turning out to watch the world’s best players, including players from the newly crowned world champion Australian Women’s T20 team, battle it out.
Highlights included a brilliant century to the Melbourne Stars’ South African recruit Lizelle Lee and an impressed debut bowling performance of 4/22 from teammate Nicola Hancock, both against reigning champions the Sydney Sixers.
Sixers’ duo Alyssa Healy (112*) and Ellyse Perry (102* & 103*) have also gone on to pass the 100-mark, while the Brisbane Heat’s Grace Harris set a new league record for fastest century, scoring her ton off just 42 balls before Christmas. A total of five centuries have now been hit, with only four being scored in the competition’s history prior to this season.
With 537 runs to her name and three matches left in the season, Perry is on track to surpass the record for most runs scored in a season (560, set in WBBL|01 by Australia captain Meg Lanning.
More boundaries have also been hit compared to the same time last season, with 1,123 fours and 190 sixes being scored, compared to 1,022 fours and 138 sixes in WBBL|03.
The high standard of cricket on show from the world’s best players continues to attract strong interest, with almost 70,000 fans turning out so far, while the Hurricanes v Heat match on 30 December, broadcast on Seven and Fox Cricket, was the most-watched WBBL game ever, with a combined average audience of 433K viewers.
Head of Big Bash, Kim McConnie said the sky is the limit for the WBBL,with standalone finals looming first the first time in the tournament’s history.
"The Rebel WBBL continues to go from strength to strength this season and it’s a pleasure to see such impressive on-field performances as the competition quickly approaches it’s first ever standalone finals.
“As the popularity of women’s cricket keeps growing in Australia, we are excited to see more great performances from our players as they continue inspires young girls to understand that cricket is a game for girls too, and that they can make a career from the sport
“Fans can expect an exciting end to the season, to mark the moment we are donating all our ticket revenue from WBBL Finals to Dolly’s Dream so every person through the gates can help us stand up to bullying.”
For more information about Dolly's Dream, visit www.dollysdream.org.au
For more information about the Rebel WBBL, visit www.bigbash.com.au
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