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The Weber WBBL will begin its seventh season in Tasmania, with the first 20 matches of the world’s best cricket league for women to be held on the Apple Isle.

The opening fortnight of Weber WBBL|07 will be now played in Hobart and Launceston, with matches scheduled for Blundstone Arena, University of Tasmania Stadium and Invermay Park, Launceston.

Changes to the published schedule have been made in response to public health conditions, state border restrictions and their related impacts. The Weber WBBL is committed to ensuring the safety of all fans, participants and the wider community throughout the competition.

Twelve of the first 20 matches will be played at their originally scheduled date and time, including the season opener between the Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Stars on Thursday, October 14 from 7:40pm AEDT, now at Blundstone Arena. Eight matches will be held at a new date and time.

The adjustments to the schedule reaffirm the League’s commitment to cementing cricket as a leading sport for women and girls. The Weber WBBL is Australia’s fourth highest rating sporting league and we look forward to seeing the world’s best players come together for another full home-and-away season.

The League will continue to monitor public health conditions, state border restrictions and their related impacts in relation to the remainder of the Weber WBBL|07 schedule

Information regarding ticket availability to Weber WBBL|07 matches will be available in due course.

Seven will broadcast 24 matches of Weber WBBL|07, with Foxtel to show 47 matches. Kayo will stream all matches. Matches will also be broadcast on ABC Radio and cricket.com.au.

Dominic Baker, Cricket Tasmania Chief Executive Officer, said:

“This is fantastic news for Tasmanian cricket and we’re thrilled to be able to play our part in ensuring the season gets away.

“Following on from us hosting the first of the KFC BBL hubs last year, we know this is something we can do, and do well, and we know Tasmanian cricket fans can’t wait to come out and see some of the world’s best female cricketers in action.

“We’re very thankful to the Tasmanian government for their work in making this happen, and we can’t wait for what’s going to be a fantastic celebration of women’s cricket in Tasmania.”

Dominic Baker, Cricket Tasmania Chief Executive Officer announcing that the first 20 matches of the WBBL7 season will be held in Tasmania

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Kate Harkness, General Manager Adelaide Strikers, said:

“While we are of course desperate to get back to our fans in Adelaide this season, we are extremely appreciative that we are able to take the field this summer, and we look forward to welcoming the Weber WBBL to South Australia in the latter half of the season.

“We will play anyone, anywhere, anytime and are grateful to Tasmania for hosting this amazing tournament for the opening weeks. We can’t wait to get stuck into WBBL|07. As we continue to work with the League, relevant governments and venues to ensure we play our part in a safe and successful season, we know our incredible, loyal fans will be behind us all the way and we are confident of seeing them in person as the tournament progresses.”

Alistair Dobson, Cricket Australia’s General Manager of Big Bash Leagues, said:

“We are delighted to take the opening fortnight of Weber WBBL|07 to Tasmania, whose exceptional facilities and strong public health record – including hosting the opening stanza of KFC BBL|10 – make it an ideal place to begin the season.

“Each year the Weber WBBL brings together the best players from around the world, including players from our world champion Australian team, for a world class, family-first cricket festival.

“We know the Tasmanian public will come out in force throughout the season to see many of the world’s best in their own backyard.

“The League and all clubs thank Premier Gutwein and the Tasmanian Government for their support of the Weber WBBL and Australian cricket. We’d also like to thank Cricket Tasmania for the power of work they’ve put in to securing our safe passage to Tasmania and deliver the opening weeks of the tournament. We can’t wait to arrive in Hobart and start our season.

“Similarly, our thanks go to our broadcasters Seven, Foxtel, Kayo and ABC Radio as well as Weber, CommBank, KFC, Toyota and Woolworths for adapting to the changes required to execute a safe and successful season.

“Finally, we’d like to thank our fans across the country for their continued patience and understanding as we navigate the challenges of the pandemic. The League, Clubs and all players are committed to putting on a safe and successful season and we look forward to providing great entertainment for our fans, whether they be watching on TV or in stadium.”

REVISED WEBER WBBL|07 SCHEDULE – FIRST 20 MATCHES IN TASMANIA

Oct 14: Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Stars, Blundstone Arena, 7:40pm AEDT, Seven/Foxtel/Kayo

Oct 16: Melbourne Renegades v Hobart Hurricanes, Blundstone Arena, 3:40pm AEDT, Seven/Foxtel/Kayo

Oct 16: Sydney Thunder v Adelaide Strikers, Blundstone Arena, 7:05pm AEDT, Seven/Foxtel/Kayo

Oct 17: Perth Scorchers v Brisbane Heat, Blundstone Arena, 10:15am AEDT, Seven/Foxtel/Kayo

Oct 17: Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Sixers, Blundstone Arena, 1:40pm AEDT, Seven/Foxtel/Kayo

Oct 19: Melbourne Stars v Hobart Hurricanes, Blundstone Arena, 1:25pm AEDT, Foxtel/Kayo/cricket.com.au

Oct 19: Brisbane Heat v Perth Scorchers, Blundstone Arena, 4:50pm AEDT, Foxtel/Kayo/cricket.com.au

Oct 20: Melbourne Renegades v Adelaide Strikers, Blundstone Arena, 1:25pm AEDT, Foxtel/Kayo/cricket.com.au

Oct 20: Melbourne Stars v Sydney Sixers, Blundstone Arena, 4:50pm AEDT, Foxtel/Kayo/cricket.com.au

Oct 23: Sydney Thunder v Sydney Sixers, University of Tasmania Stadium, 3:40pm AEDT, Seven/Foxtel/Kayo

Oct 23: Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Renegades, University of Tasmania Stadium, 7:05pm AEDT, Seven/Foxtel/Kayo

Oct 23: Adelaide Strikers v Hobart Hurricanes, Invermay Park, 10:15am AEDT, Foxtel/Kayo/cricket.com.au

Oct 23: Melbourne Stars v Brisbane Heat, Invermay Park, 2:00pm AEDT, Kayo/cricket.com.au

Oct 24: Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Renegades, University of Tasmania Stadium, 1:40pm AEDT, Seven/Foxtel/Kayo

Oct 24: Perth Scorchers v Sydney Thunder, University of Tasmania Stadium, 5:15pm AEDT, Seven/Foxtel/Kayo

Oct 24: Adelaide Strikers v Brisbane Heat, Invermay Park, 10:15am AEDT, Foxtel/Kayo/cricket.com.au

Oct 26: Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder, University of Tasmania Stadium, 1:25pm AEDT, Foxtel/Kayo/cricket.com.au

Oct 26: Hobart Hurricanes v Brisbane Heat, University of Tasmania Stadium, 4:50pm AEDT, Foxtel/Kayo/cricket.com.au

Oct 27: Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Renegades, University of Tasmania Stadium, 1:25pm AEDT, Foxtel/Kayo/cricket.com.au

Oct 27: Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Stars, University of Tasmania Stadium, 4:50pm AEDT, Foxtel/Kayo/cricket.com.au

ADDITIONAL CHANGES

The following matches will be rescheduled to a date and time to be confirmed:

Sydney Sixers v Sydney Thunder: Originally scheduled for Sunday, October 17

Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Thunder: Originally scheduled for Tuesday, October 19

Melbourne Stars v Adelaide Strikers: Originally scheduled for Tuesday, October 26

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