WBBL Season 03: Everything you need to know!

Chris Stead 8 December 2017

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The big hits and close calls of a third Woman’s Big Bash season is upon us, but can the Sydney Sixes win the title again?

The Women’s Big Bash T20 League is huge. With 59 games unfolding in just 57 days, the race to the title is fast and furious. The women will play a minimum of 23 games more than the men, and up to 26 depending on how deep they go into the final series. Remarkably, the Season 2 final ended up showcasing the same two teams as the Big Bash men’s final - the Sydney Sixers against the Perth Scorchers. However, the result was reversed, with the Sydney Sixes getting the win after the Perth Scorchers took it right to the last ball, falling agonisingly short by seven runs.

Who will win the Women’s Big Bash League in Season 03? Finder.com.au will be keeping a very close eye on proceedings, given we are sponsoring the T20 coverage. We’ll be updating this page after ever round with insightful data about the performances of every team, so make sure you check back regularly.

How does the Women’s Big Bash differ from the Men’s Big Bash?

The Women’s Big Bash League is semi-professional and tends to be played more frequently in suburban ovals. This makes it more accessible for T20 fans who want to watch the game live, or otherwise they can tune in on Channel 10 or to the live streams to ensure they don’t miss out on the action.

You’ll also notice that the Women’s Big Bash League puts more focus on double or even triple headers for a tonne of entertainment value on one night. Plus the WBBL also focuses more on rivalries, allowing two teams to face off against each in subsequent games.

Season 03 of the WBBL is shaking up the way T20 teams are being put together, too. The squad lists were effectively wiped clean, with players now able to sign multi-year contracts for the first time. To make sure the competition stays balanced, a squad of 15 players is restricted to five marquee players. These individuals are defined as Australian players who have represented the national team – the Southern Stars – more than 10 times since April 24, 2014, or international players.

With no shortage of close games and big sixes in Season 02, we’re expecting plenty of entertainment in Season 03 of the WBBL. Here are the WBBL fixtures and squad lists for Season 03.

Women’s Big Bash League Season 03 Final Team Squads.

Adelaide Strikers: Rhiannon Dick, Annie O’Neil, Ellie Falconer, Tammy Beaumont (Eng), Suzie Bates (NZ), Sophie Devine (NZ), Megan Schutt, Amanda Wellington, Samantha Betts, Tahlia McGrath, Katelyn Pope, Alex Price, Tabatha Saville, Tegan McPharlin, Bridget Patterson.

Brisbane Heat: Beth Mooney, Jess Jonassen, Grace Harris, Deandra Dottin (WI), Holly Ferling, Kara Sutherland, Georgia Prestwidge, Delissa Kimmince, Jemma Barsby, Haidee Birkett, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Tess Cooper, Laura Harris, Kirby Short, Courtney Hill.

Hobart Hurricanes: Corinne Hall (C), Emma Thompson, Erin Fazackerley, Brooke Hepburn, Georgia Redmayne, Veronica Pyke, Katelyn Fryett, Celeste Raack, Sasha Moloney, Veda Krishnamurthy (Ind), Lauren Winfield (Eng), Meg Phillips, Stefanie Daffara, Nicola Hancock, Hayley Matthews.

Melbourne Renegades: Amy Satterthwaite (C) (NZ), Molly Strano, Sophie Molineux, Jess Duffin, Leah Tahuhu (NZ), Hayley Jensen, Emma Inglis, Maitlan Brown, Claire Koski, Georgia Wareham, Chamari Atapattu (SL), Tayla Vlaeminck, Kris Britt, Rhiann O'Donnell, Jennifer Taffs.

Melbourne Stars: Current squad: Kristen Beams (C), Makinley Blows, Hayleigh Brennan, Mignon du Preez (SA), Georgia Elwiss (Eng), Nicole Faltum, Emma Kearney, Alana King, Anna Lanning, Lizelle Lee (SA), Katie Mack, Erin Osborne, Gemma Triscari, Chloe Rafferty, Annabel Sutherland.

Perth Scorchers: Nicole Bolton, Katherine Brunt (Eng), Meg Lanning, Elyse Villani, Megan Banting, Mathilda Carmichael, Piepa Cleary, Lauren Ebsary, Heather Graham, Mikayla Hinkley, Emma King, Chloe Piparo, Natalie Sciver (Eng), Emily Smith, Katie Hartshorn.

Sydney Sixers: Ellyse Perry (C), Sarah Aley, Erin Burns, Lauren Cheatle, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jodie Hicks, Marizanne Kapp, Carly Leeson, Emily Leys, Sara McGlashan, Ange Reakes, Lauren Smith, Dane Van Niekerk, Clara Iemma.

Sydney Thunder: Alex Blackwell (C), Sam Bates, Nicola Carey, Hannah Darlington, Maisy Gibson, Lisa Griffith, Rachael Haynes, Rachel Priest, Naomi Stalenberg, Harmanpreet Kaur, Rachel Trenaman, Hannah Trethewy, Belinda Vakarewa, Rene Farrell, Stafanie Taylor.

Women’s Big Bash League Season 03 Fixtures and Start Times

GameDateHome TeamAway TeamVenueGame Start
109/12/2017Melbourne RenegadesSydney ThunderNorth Sydney Oval No.11:45 pm
209/12/2017Hobart HurricanesAdelaide StrikersGliderol Stadium2:30 pm
309/12/2017Sydney SixersMelbourne StarsNorth Sydney Oval No.16:15 pm
410/12/2017Perth ScorchersBrisbane HeatNorth Sydney Oval No.110:45 am
510/12/2017Adelaide StrikersHobart HurricanesGliderol Stadium12:30 pm
610/12/2017Sydney ThunderSydney SixersNorth Sydney Oval No.12:00 pm
712/12/2017Perth ScorchersSydney SixersNorth Dalton Park12:00 pm
812/12/2017Melbourne StarsSydney ThunderLavington Sports Ground2:00 pm
915/12/2017Brisbane HeatPerth ScorchersAllan Border Field3:00 pm
1016/12/2017Sydney ThunderMelbourne StarsHowell Oval1:00 pm
1116/12/2017Melbourne RenegadesAdelaide StrikersGliderol Stadium2:30 pm
1217/12/2017Adelaide StrikersMelbourne RenegadesGliderol Stadium1:00 pm
1317/12/2017Hobart HurricanesSydney SixersBlundstone Arena2:00 pm
1422/12/2017Brisbane HeatMelbourne RenegadesCamberwell Sports Ground2:00 pm
1523/12/2017Sydney SixersHobart HurricanesSCG12:20 pm
1623/12/2017Melbourne RenegadesBrisbane HeatEtihad Stadium2:30 pm
1726/12/2017Perth ScorchersMelbourne StarsWACA2:20 pm
1827/12/2017Melbourne StarsPerth ScorchersWACA2:30 pm
1929/12/2017Brisbane HeatAdelaide StrikersAdelaide Oval2:30 pm
2030/12/2017Perth ScorchersSydney SixersLilac Hill1:00 pm
2130/12/2017Hobart HurricanesSydney ThunderUTAS Stadium2:20 pm
2231/12/2017Sydney ThunderHobart HurricanesUTAS Stadium1:00 pm
2331/12/2017Adelaide StrikersBrisbane HeatAdelaide Oval1:45 pm
2402/01/2017Melbourne RenegadesSydney SixersCamberwell Sports Ground2:00 pm
2503/01/2017Melbourne RenegadesSydney SixersGMHBA Stadium2:20 pm
2605/01/2017Melbourne StarsAdelaide StrikersCasey Fields2:00 pm
2706/01/2017Melbourne RenegadesMelbourne StarsMCG2:20 pm
2807/01/2017Brisbane HeatHobart HurricanesBlundstone Arena10:00 am
2907/01/2017Sydney ThunderPerth ScorchersLilac Hill1:00 pm
3008/01/2017Hobart HurricanesBrisbane HeatBlundstone Arena1:20 pm
3108/01/2017Perth ScorchersSydney ThunderWACA4:30 pm
3209/01/2017Adelaide StrikersMelbourne StarsAdelaide Oval2:50 pm
3312/01/2017Brisbane HeatMelbourne StarsHarrup Park7:30 pm
3413/01/2017Adelaide StrikersPerth ScorchersTraeger Park12:20 pm
3513/01/2017Sydney SixersSydney ThunderSCG2:30 pm
3613/01/2017Melbourne StarsBrisbane HeatHarrup Park7:30 pm
3714/01/2017Melbourne RenegadesHobart HurricanesBlundstone Arena10:00 am
3814/01/2017Perth ScorchersAdelaide StrikersTraeger Park6:00 pm
3915/01/2017Hobart HurricanesMelbourne RenegadesBlundstone Arena2:50 pm
4018/01/2017Sydney SixersBrisbane HeatSCG2:50 pm
4119/01/2017Brisbane HeatSydney SixersHurstville Oval2:00 pm
4220/01/2017Melbourne StarsMelbourne RenegadesMCG1:45 pm
4320/01/2017Sydney ThunderAdelaide StrikersRobertson Oval2:00 pm
4420/01/2017Perth ScorchersHobart HurricanesWACA4:30 pm
4521/01/2017Melbourne StarsSydney SixersCasey Fields2:00 pm
4621/01/2017Adelaide StrikersSydney ThunderRobertson Oval2:00 pm
4721/01/2017Hobart HurricanesPerth ScorchersLilac Hill2:00 pm
4824/01/2017Sydney ThunderMelbourne RenegadesManuka Oval2:50 pm
4927/01/2017Melbourne StarsHobart HurricanesMCG12:20 pm
5027/01/2017Adelaide StrikersSydney SixersHurstville Oval2:00 pm
5127/01/2017Melbourne RenegadesPerth ScorchersCamberwell Sports Ground2:00 pm
5227/01/2017Brisbane HeatSydney ThunderGabba2:30 pm
5328/01/2017Hobart HurricanesMelbourne StarsMCG12:00 pm
5428/01/2017Perth ScorchersMelbourne RenegadesCamberwell Sports Ground2:00 pm
5528/01/2017Sydney SixersAdelaide StrikersHurstville Oval2:00 pm
5628/01/2017Sydney ThunderBrisbane HeatAllan Border Field3:00 pm
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