Saturday, April 1, 2023

Sydney Sixers: Stars on show in inaugural WPL

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The Sydney Sixers biggest stars will be on show when the first edition of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) kicks off in Mumbai tonight.

What you need to know

The inaugural season of the WPL will see five teams (Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Gujarat Giants, Delhi Capitals and UP Warriorz) take part in a 22-game season, each team playing one another twice.

The first placed team at the conclusion of the regular season will advance directly into the Final, while the second and third placed teams will qualify for the Eliminator with the winner earning the remaining spot in the decider.

The competition kicks off with the Mumbai Indians taking on the Gujarat Giants on Saturday March 4, with the Final to be held on Sunday, March 26.

Sixers in action

The WPL auction took place last month with a number of Sixers earning record-breaking pay days.

Sixers Head Coach Charlotte Edwards will lead the Mumbai Indians, while Ellyse Perry and Erin Burns are set to be reunited with Edwards’ predecessor Ben Sawyer at Royal Challengers Bangalore.

The WBBL Player of the Tournament Ashleigh Gardner was the first Australian picked up in the auction joining Gujarat Giants, while Alyssa Healy will captain UP Warriorz alongside Sophie Ecclestone.

Former Sixers legend turned list manager; Lisa Sthalekar has been recruited by the Warriorz as team mentor while WBBL performance analyst Benji Hoppitt joins Edwards at the Indians. 

Must see match-ups

Gujarat Giants v Mumbai Indians, Saturday, March 4 (7.30pm local) 

Charlotte Edwards’ Mumbai Indians will go up against Rachael Haynes’ Gujarat Giants to kick off the inaugural season of WPL.

UP Warriorz v Gujarat Giants, Sunday, March 5 (7.30pm local) 

Sixers spin sisters Ash Gardner and Sophie Ecclestone will go head-to-head at DY Patil Stadium.

Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers Bangalore, Monday, March 6 (7.30pm local)

Sixers stars Ellyse Perry and Erin Burns will face off with their WBBL coach Charlotte Edward and her Mumbai Indians side.

Royal Challengers Bangalore v UP Warriorz, Friday, March 10 (7.30pm local) 

A match-up of Sixers superstars. RCB’s Ellyse Perry and Erin Burns will take on UP Warriorz Alyssa Healy and Sophie Ecclestone.

How to watch

Every game of the WPL will be broadcast live on Fox Cricket and Kayo Sports. Live scores will be available via cricket.com.au.

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