The NSW Breakers and Blues teams are set for massive summers after Cricket Australia confirmed an enhanced Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) schedule and the return to a full domestic fixture in the Marsh Sheffield Shield and Marsh One-Day Cup.

For the first time, the WNCL will expand to a 43-game fixture, while the Marsh Sheffield Shield and Marsh One-Day Cup will revert to full 31 and 22-game schedules respectively in 2022-23.

The complete domestic schedule was created in consultation with State and Territory Associations and the Australian Cricketers’ Association and is a feature of an unprecedented Australian summer of cricket that includes more days of international cricket than ever before.

Download the domestic schedules here or visit cricket.com.au/fixtures.

Highlights include: 

- Two WNCL matches against each team, displaying cricket’s commitment to increased playing opportunities for women. The Breakers will play two regional matches in Orange.

- Strong expected availability of Australian contracted players to represent their domestic teams in the WNCL.

- A full domestic fixture in the Marsh Sheffield Shield and Marsh One-Day Cup following two Covid-impacted seasons.

- An action-packed start to the domestic season with six Marsh One-Day Cup matches in nine days from September 23, all broadcast on Foxtel.

- In total, 13 Marsh One-Day Cup matches broadcast on Foxtel including the Final, while the Marsh Sheffield Shield Final will also be shown on Foxtel.

- The Blues are headed to Wollongong for a Sheffield Shield match against South Australia

- Four underage National Championships to showcase the best young cricketers in the top age groups of Australian Cricket's Pathways system.

Cricket NSW’s Chief of Cricket Performance, Greg Mail, said the growth of the WNCL competition was imperative to the ongoing success of the women’s game.

“The expansion of the WNCL draw is another important step in the development of the women’s game in Australia,” Mail said.

“It is crucial that we build on the success of the current National team by continuing to improve our domestic competitions. There is no substitute in that ambition for playing matches.

“It is exciting to be taking the NSW Women’s team to Orange, the home town of our rising batter Phoebe Litchfield.

“It’s also great to see our NSW Men’s squad returning to Wollongong. Regional NSW provides so much to Cricket in NSW and Australia in terms of talent development and it will be a fantastic opportunity to celebrate cricket in those centres and for young girls and boys in the region to see elite cricket up close.

“That Wollongong fixture is part of getting back to a traditional home and away Sheffield Shield season.

“We’ve all jumped through a number of hoops to maximise the amount of cricket played over the last couple of years and I’m sure the coaches and players are looking forward to a simpler version this time around.”

Mail also heralded the return of more underage national championships.

“Our developing players have missed out on a number of opportunities in the last couple of summers,” he said.

“The complexities of moving across State borders and quarantines proved a bridge too far for our youngest representatives. We are looking forward to our young women and men getting the chance to compete on the national stage again.”

Streaming details for the competitions will be confirmed in due course.

The Weber WBBL|08 and KFC BBL|12 schedules will be announced shortly.

 
WOMEN’S NATIONAL CRICKET LEAGUE
 
Sep 23: New South Wales v Queensland, North Sydney Oval (D/N)

Sep 25: New South Wales v Queensland, North Sydney Oval

Sep 30: New South Wales v Western Australia, North Sydney Oval (D/N)

Oct 2: New South Wales v Western Australia, North Sydney Oval

Dec 18: Tasmania v New South Wales, TBC

Dec 20: Tasmania v New South Wales, TBC

Jan 5: Victoria v New South Wales, CitiPower Centre

Jan 7: Victoria v New South Wales, CitiPower Centre

Jan 19: South Australia v New South Wales, Karen Rolton Oval

Jan 21: South Australia v New South Wales, Karen Rolton Oval

Feb 10: New South Wales v ACT, Wade Park (Orange)

Feb 12: New South Wales v ACT, Wade Park (Orange)

Final
Feb 25: TBC v TBC, TBC

 

MARSH SHEFFIELD SHIELD

Round 1
Oct 3 – 6: Western Australia v New South Wales, WACA Ground

Round 2
Oct 18 – 21: New South Wales v Queensland, Drummoyne Oval

Round 3
Oct 31 – Nov 3: New South Wales v South Australia, North Dalton Oval (Wollongong)

Round 4
Nov 12 – 15: Tasmania v New South Wales, Blundstone Arena

Round 5
Nov 22 – 25: New South Wales v Western Australia, SCG

Round 6
Dec 1 – 4: Victoria v New South Wales, CitiPower Centre

Round 7
Feb 11 – 14: New South Wales v Tasmania, SCG

Round 8
Feb 21 – 24: Queensland v New South Wales, Gabba

Round 9
Mar 2 – 5: New South Wales v Victoria, SCG

Round 10
Mar 14 – 17: South Australia v New South Wales, Karen Rolton Oval

Final
March 23 – 27, TBC v TBC, TBC (Foxtel)

 

MARSH ONE-DAY CUP

Sep 23: Victoria v New South Wales, CitiPower Centre (Foxtel)

Oct 1: Western Australia v New South Wales, WACA Ground (Foxtel)

Nov 5: New South Wales v South Australia, North Sydney Oval

Nov 17: Tasmania v New South Wales, Blundstone Arena

Nov 27: New South Wales v Queensland, North Sydney Oval (Foxtel, D/N)

Feb 16: New South Wales v Tasmania, North Sydney Oval (Foxtel, D/N)

Feb 26: Queensland v New South Wales, Gabba (Foxtel, D/N)

Final
Mar 8: TBC v TBC, TBC (Foxtel)

 

UNDERAGE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Dec 5 – 12: Under 19 Female National Championships, Perth

Dec 15 – 22: Under 19 Male National Championships, Adelaide

Jan 5 – 12: Under 16 Female National Championships, Canberra

Jan 16 – 23: Under 17 Male National Championships, Tasmania

*Cricket Australia reserves the right to adjust the 2022-23 Women’s National Cricket League, Marsh Sheffield Shield, Marsh One-Day Cup and National Championship schedules.