The Lendlease Breakers will begin their Women’s National Cricket League title defence with a rematch against Finals opponent Queensland.

In a big season for women’s cricket, the Breakers will host the Fire as part of the opening round on October 6. The Breakers’ other home match in Sydney is against Victoria on October 8.

This leads into the Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes during October and November and the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League in December and January.

The WNCL has been split into three rounds, with the second commencing on 25 November following the Women’s Ashes, and the last from 16 February after the Rebel WBBL|03 season, with the final on February 24.

Having played in all 21 WNCL finals, the Breakers claimed their 18th title last December, beating Queensland by nine wickets in Brisbane.

This followed an historic announcement last October when, with the generous support of Lendlease, the Breakers became the first fully professional domestic women’s sporting team in Australia.

For the first time prizemoney will be introduced to the WNCL, with $258,000 on offer, while CA’s ground-breaking remuneration proposal would see Australia’s best domestic cricketers, playing both WNCL and WBBL, receive an average $52,000 this year.

Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager – Team Performance, Pat Howard, said:

“The Women’s National Cricket League has a strong history of producing world-class talent as well as attracting high-profile international players. It continues to provide a platform for Australia’s finest young cricketers to further develop their skills and strive for national selection.

“Cricket has led the way in showing that women can make a living from team sport, with the proposed remuneration providing the country’s best domestic players the opportunity to earn a full-time wage for the first time."

The WNCL schedule for 2017-18 can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/2q0q02I

Venues are still being finalised.

For more information about the 2017-18 summer of cricket, and for tickets to international cricket series, visit www.cricket.com.au.