After a landmark first season of the WBBL, the Melbourne Renegades fixtures have been released for the upcoming season.
The WBBL side travels to Sydney for the opening weekend of competition on 10 December with back to back fixtures against the Adelaide Strikers.
The first match will be televised live on Network Ten.
The team then returns to Melbourne to face the Hobart Hurricanes (17-18 Dec) before returning to Sydney to play the Sydney Thunder (26-27 Dec).
Over the New Year period, the team will be in Melbourne for 4 games in 10 days including the televised derby against the Melbourne Stars at the MCG on January 1.
Following the success of last season’s double headers, the Renegades will host back to back WBBL/BBL matches on 29 December and 7 January 2017.
Melbourne Renegades WBBL Head Coach Lachlan Stevens said the team was aiming for more consistent performances across the second season.
“Obviously last season wasn’t quite at the level we’d hoped in terms of results but we took a lot out of it and identified some talents and leaders in our team for the future,” Stevens said.
“We’ve spent much of the off-season working on the areas where we think we can enhance our squad and we’re looking forward to announcing those players soon. It’s obviously fantastic to have the support we get from Network Ten in terms of promoting women’s cricket – and having two of our matches for broadcast is great exposure for the Renegades WBBL team.”
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.
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