New South Wales cricket fans are going to be able to enjoy more Big Bash action than ever before, with the Sydney Thunder and Sydney Sixers hosting extra home games this season as the KFC Big Bash League announces that it is expanding its season.
The expanded competition will see each BBL Club allocated an additional home match per season (moving from four to five) and increase each Club’s regular season fixtures from eight to ten.
The 2017/18 action will kick off with a blockbuster opening weekend for the Rebel WBBL|03. Taking place at North Sydney Oval from Saturday 9 to Sunday 10 December, the carnival-style weekend will feature four matches in Sydney, broadcast live on Network Ten’s main channel.
The opening weekend will see both the Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder in action, with current champions the Sydney Sixers taking on the Melbourne Stars while Sydney Thunder face off against the Melbourne Renegades on Saturday, before playing each other in a Sydney derby on Sunday.
The WBBL leads into the start of KFC BBL|07 a week later, with the Sydney Thunder hosting Sydney Sixers in the always action-packed Sydney Smash at Spotless Stadium on Tuesday, 19 December.
To make sure that Australia’s cricket fans don’t miss a second of the action, this season 12 of the WBBL matches will be broadcast on Network Ten, with all remaining matches all livestreamed on the CA Live platform while every match of BBL|07 will be broadcast live on Network Ten and across the Macquarie Radio Network.
Cricket Australia Executive General Manager of Events and Leagues, Anthony Everard said: “We’re very excited to be able to announce the BBL and WBBL schedules for the upcoming season, and we expect this to the biggest yet thanks to the increased number of matches and the growing popularity of both competitions.
“Both the BBL and WBBL are firm family favourites during the summer school holidays, and with even more matches we hope fans will continue to vote with their feet, support their club, and help us surpass last year’s attendance, which exceeded 1 million for the second consecutive season.”