All matches will be live streamed to the Cricket NSW Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.
Leading regional female cricketers from across NSW are excited about creating history by competing in the inaugural NSW Women’s Regional Bash Finals Day at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday.
The Coffs Coast Chargers will meet the Newcastle Blasters in the Sixers Conference Final at 10am on Tuesday, with the victor progressing to the final against the winner of the Thunder Conference Final between the ACT Aces and the Illawarra Flames.
Coffs Coast captain Kate Jackson said she believes the NSW Women’s Regional Bash is giving women’s cricket in regional areas a chance to grow to new levels.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for regional players to be afforded that opportunity to play on a top-class facility (the SCG),” Jackson said.
“The event showcases local role models and really demonstrates that there are opportunities for us to play similar events to the top-class athletes and the top performers.
“The coverage of this event is really going to go a long way to growing girls’ cricket in regional areas.”
Sophie Heath, from the Illawarra Flame, spoke of the opportunity of playing on the hallowed turf of the SCG.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for girls from the country to get on the SCG,” Heath said.
“It’s such a historic ground, so it’s a great opportunity for all of us.”
ACT Aces captain Kelly Rowlings echoed Heath’s sentiments adding that her side would cherish the chance to play under lights in the NSW Women’s Regional Bash Final should they make it.
“We’re feeling really good, really excited to get the opportunity to play on the SCG, obviously it’s one of the best grounds in the world,” Rowlings said.
“To have the opportunity to play there under lights if we win the semi-final, and play the 6pm final, I think that would be amazing.
“Just thinking about all the players who have played on that ground. Obviously it will be a memory we will all cherish for a while.”
Newcastle Blasters captain Kirsten Smith added the NSW Women’s Regional Bash will help entice players back to women’s cricket.
“The team is very excited to play on such a famous ground,” Smith said.
“I think it invites girls to come back and play cricket, as it’s a women’s competition.”
“It’s really key to have more players come back and develop their skills.”
10am Sixers Conference Final
Newcastle Blasters v Coffs Coast Chargers
2pm Thunder Conference Final
ACT Aces v Illawarra Flames
6pm Women’s Regional Bash Final
Winner Sixers and Thunder Conference Finals
Women’s Regional Bash Squads
Kelly Rowlings (c)
Emma Coughlan-Ryan (c)
Coffs Coast Chargers
Kate Jackson (c)
Emma Jane Howe