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WNCL, WT20 domestic schedules released

Cricket Network

13 August 2014, 09:00 AM AEST

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The final piece of what promises to be a massive summer of cricket has fallen into place with the announcement of the 2014-15 Australian women’s domestic schedule.

In a further boost to the visibility of the women’s game, eight Twenty20 fixtures will be paired with KFC T20 Big Bash League matches, including the BBL|04 and Women’s T20 finals on January 28 at Canberra’s Manuka Oval.

For those not able to make it to Canberra for the T20 doubleheader, both matches will be broadcast live on Network Ten.

With an eye towards the proposed 2015-16 Women’s Big Bash League, the pairing with BBL matches and national broadcast opportunities will offer more fans than ever the opportunity to see the best women cricketers in the world ply their trade.

As in previous seasons, the schedule consists of 12 WT20 and six 50-over Women’s National Cricket League rounds – most staged over weekends from October to January.

“Our elite women’s competitions are a great showcase of the wonderful cricket talent we have across the country,” said Cricket Australia Chief Executive James Sutherland.

“As we work to make cricket Australia’s favourite sport and a sport for all Australians, we’re thrilled that more and more females are getting involved with the game.

“No doubt our elite players across the country will continue to inspire more females to pick up a bat and ball.”

The Australia women’s domestic scene cemented its position as the number one national competition in the world this off-season, signing a bevy of foreign ICC-ranked talent for 2014-15.

England stars Charlotte Edwards, Heather Knight and Sarah Taylor, as well as New Zealand international Sophie Devine, will join what is expected to be the strongest Southern Stars showings in recent years, with the Australian women’s international schedule concluding by the middle of November.

A bumper start to the season will see all teams get underway in WT20 action on October 10 before backing up the next day (October 11) for the first of six WNCL rounds.

Keep track of all the women’s domestic cricket action, as well as the live stream and scores from the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars’ series against Pakistan and the West Indies, on cricket .com.au.