The first ball of the Women’s Big Bash League is set to be bowled this weekend, with eleven ACT Meteors set to take part in the tournament.
The number of Meteors players taking part in the ground-breaking competition adds weight to the support for the introduction of an ACT-based outfit.
Meteors captain Kris Britt and Jenny Taffs will don the red of the Melbourne Renegades, forming a cross-town rivalry with Melbourne Stars recruits Katie Mack and Lily Bardsley.
Erin Osborne, Claire Koski and Sam Bates will join forces at the Sydney Thunder, as they get set to take on a Sydney Sixers outfit boasting Sara Hungerford, Angela Reakes, Jodie Hicks and Sara McGlashan this Sunday at Howell Oval in Penrith.
Speaking at the announcement of the Prime Ministers XI fixture for this season in July, Cricket ACT Chairman Ian McNamee said that they would jump at the chance to field a BBL team.
“The Big Bash is under consideration over the next year or two as to what’s happening,” said McNamee.
“If ever we get that tap on the shoulder, we are ready to move if in fact we are one of the areas offered a chance to participate in the Big Bash.”
The Meteors have produced strong results since being admitted into the Women’s National Cricket League for the 2009/10 season.
Whilst an Australian Women’s Twenty20 Cup victory has eluded the Meteors, a second-placed finish two seasons ago suggests that the nation’s capital is able to produce top-class Twenty20 players.
You can catch the ACT’s best in WBBL|01 live and free on ONE. The first of eight matches broadcast begins on December 19.