Preparations are well underway for the Melbourne Renegades with action-packed BBL and WBBL fixtures unveiled today by Cricket Australia.
The BBL side begins its campaign with two home games in Melbourne against the Sydney Thunder on 22 December before facing the Perth Scorchers before the new year on 29 December.
A huge derby against the Melbourne Stars will take place on 7 January. The away fixtures sees the team face the Sydney Sixers at the SCG, the Adelaide Strikers at the Adelaide Oval and the Brisbane Heat at the Gabba.
Following the success of last season’s double headers, the Renegades will host blockbuster WBBL/BBL matches back to back on 29 December and 7 January 2017.
Melbourne Renegades BBL Head Coach David Saker said the fixture set up well for his team looking to book a spot in the BBL finals.
“It’s always good to get everyone into camp knowing we’ve got consecutive home games to get us underway in front of home support. It has set up very nicely for us. We’re not travelling until the second week of January so it’s vital in a short tournament that we get wins on the board early and make the most of playing at home. It makes a big difference going into those away fixtures with points in the bag and that’s what we need to focus on,” Saker said.
Melbourne Renegades captain Aaron Finch, fresh from a solid IPL season with the Gujarat Lions, said he was looking forward to the build-up around the BBL season.
“The schedule looks pretty good for us and it’s important we take advantage of it. We know our members and fans are due some consistent results and if we work hard, we’ll give ourselves every chance of achieving that. You need some luck in T20 cricket but you make your own luck as well sometimes,” Finch said.
“We’re not far away from being able to announce our international signings for BBL|06 which will bring another injection of talent and experience into the ranks. The Big Bash League gets bigger and bigger and it’s great to lead the team in an exciting time of the year,” he added.
Melbourne Renegades CEO Stuart Coventry said the club was close to finalising its venue agreements across both teams and was primed for successful second WBBL season.
“It has been a comprehensive discussion and we’re not far away from being able to confirm our venue plans for the BBL and WBBL teams. From a fixture perspective, it’s really pleasing that we’ve been able to expand our program of double-header matches with the WBBL and BBL. With last season’s record WBBL crowd of more than 14,000 at home, we know there is an appetite there for elite women’s sport and we’re excited as a club that we can be a big part of promoting that,” Coventry said.
Melbourne Renegades memberships go on sale to the public in August.