A new era in women’s cricket begins on Sunday with the start of the inaugural NSW T20 Women’s Regional Bash.

As female cricket continues to explode, women in Rural and Regional NSW can now showcase their skills through another pathway.

The first match will be between the Central Coast Rush and Newcastle Blasters on Sunday afternoon.

And like the Men’s Plan B Regional Bash, which is heading into it’s fifth season, many of the female players will have the chance of playing on the SCG during their Big Finals Day on January 21.

The NSW Women’s Regional Bash has four teams in the Sixers Conference north of Sydney and four teams in the Thunder Conference south and west of the capital.

The top two teams in each conference go through to the Big Finals Day, playing off in conference finals before the top two teams play off in the NSW Women’s Regional Bash Final under lights. All the finals will be live streamed.

Generously supported by the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 and the NSW Government, the new competition continues the leading role Cricket NSW plays in female cricket.

The NSW Breakers became the first fully professional women’s team in world cricket and have won 20 Women’s National Cricket League titles in the 23-year history of the competition.

More than 30 percent of cricket participants around Australia and across the state are now women and girls as the sport continues to grow.

Acting Minister for Sport Geoff Lee said the NSW Government’s support of the NSW Women’s Regional Bash was part of its commitment to drive powerful change for women’s sport and grow female participation.

“Women’s cricket has experienced enormous success both on and off the pitch and the sport continues to grow,” Mr Lee said.

“The NSW Government is proud to support the NSW Women’s Regional Bash because it will enhance the playing pathways for female cricketers across the State while actively encouraging more women to take up the sport.”

Ivan Spyrdz, General Manager Community Cricket, said: “We are very proud to be launching the inaugural NSW Women’s Regional Bash competition. It has been in planning for some time, and it is fitting to be launching it as we lead into the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.

“Being able to provide yet another Cricket NSW pathway for our talented and emerging female players from around regional NSW is exciting, and as T20 continues to grow interest there is no doubt this competition will invigorate even more female players to take up cricket as a sport of choice.

“The NSW Women’s Regional Bash would not be possible without the support and partnership of the NSW Government and the ICC T20 World Cup Local Organising Committee. For that I thank them sincerely for their support and their enthusiasm to drive female participation.”

ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Chief Executive Officer Nick Hockley said, “The T20 World Cup Local Organising Committee is proud to be supporting the inaugural NSW Women’s Regional Bash and grateful to the NSW Government for its strong support of our legacy ambitions.

"The Women’s T20 World Cup will drive a step change for women’s cricket globally, but we also want the tournament to have a lasting positive impact here locally, especially to grow cricket and inspire the next generation of girls and boys to pick up a bat and ball.

Congratulations to Cricket NSW and the Office of Sport for driving this initiative and best wishes to all the competing teams.”

Joining the Rush and Blasters in the competition are the Northern Inland Bolters and Coffs Coast Chargers, who make up the Sixers Conference, while the Illawarra Flames, Orana Outlaws, ACT Aces and Border Bullets make up the Thunder Conference.  

The NSW Women’s Regional Bash provides a wonderful opportunity for female cricketers in country areas to showcase their skills. The inaugural tournament is proudly supported by the NSW Government and the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 as one of a range of measures to ensure the T20 World Cup has a lasting positive impact supporting the growth of cricket in NSW.

Inaugural NSW Women’s Regional Bash Schedule

Sixers Conference

13 Oct 19 2:00PM       Central Coast Rush v Newcastle Blasters - Bill Sohier Park (Oval No. 1)          

26 Oct 19 6:00PM       Northern Inland Bolters v Coffs Coast Chargers - Bicentennial Park - No. 1 Oval.                

Thunder Conference

19 Oct 19 6:30PM       Illawarra Flames v Orana Outlaws - University Oval (University Oval 1)               

3 Nov 19 1:30PM        ACT Aces  v  Border Bullets - Phillip Oval                

SEMI FINALS  

21 Jan 20 10:00AM     TBD     v          TBD     SCG

21 Jan 20 2:00PM       TBD     v          TBD     SCG               

FINAL 

21 Jan 20 6:30PM       TBD     v          TBD     SCG