- Season to begin on 6 October and split into three rounds, one following the Women’s Ashes Series commencing on 25 November, and one following the Rebel WBBL|03 season commencing on 16 February.
- One of the strongest women’s domestic competitions in the sporting world.
- NSW Lendlease Breakers are reigning champions, Victoria finished third last season.
- Victoria will host at least two fixtures.
Cricket Australia has today announced the Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) schedule for the 2017-18 summer of cricket, with this year’s competition to be a split tournament.
Entering its 22nd season, the WNCL will be played over three rounds of weekends commencing on 6 October, 25 November and 16 February, culminating in the final on 24 February.
The first round will be played before the Commonwealth Bank Ashes Series, followed by a round before Rebel WBBL|03 and then a final round after the WBBL.
The separation provides Australia’s elite women cricketers with the best preparation ahead of their key international schedules for the season. It also better mirrors the break-up of the Sheffield Shield schedule.
Each state will host at least two fixtures, with Victoria set for hosting honours in late November.
For the first time, prizemoney will be introduced for the WNCL of $258,000, whilst CA’s ground-breaking remuneration proposal would see Australia’s best domestic cricketers, playing both WNCL and WBBL, receive an average remuneration of $52,000 this year.
Commonwealth Bank VicSpirit Coach David Hemp said:
“It’s great to see games being scheduled after the Women’s Big Bash League in continuity with the men’s season, which the players have been wanting for some time.
“Although we’ve scheduled some practice matches the last couple of years in February, it will be nice to have some competitive games at the back end of the cricket season.”
Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager – Team Performance, Pat Howard, said:
“This will be the 22nd season of the Women’s National Cricket League, and the tournament 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.
“We know we have a strong structure to our domestic competitions which identifies and elevates players who are performing, so that we can continue to strive for success on the international stage and ensure our players are provided with the very best opportunities to perform to their ability here at home and away.
“Cricket has led the way in showing that women too can make a living from the game, with the proposed remuneration providing the country’s best domestic players the opportunity to earn a full-time wage for the first time,” concluded Mr Howard.
ACT v VIC, Canberra – Friday, October 6, 2017
NSW v VIC, Sydney – Sunday, October 8, 2017
VIC v TAS, Melbourne – Saturday, November 25, 2017
VIC v SA, Melbourne – Monday, November 27, 2017
QLD v VIC, Brisbane – Friday, February 16, 2018
VIC v WA, Brisbane – Saturday, February 17, 2018
WNCL FINAL, TBC – Saturday, February 24, 2018
The WNCL schedule for 2017-18 can be viewed here. Exact 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