The Melbourne Renegades will take matches back to Ballarat in WBBL|08, with the Ballarat Festival of Cricket to be played from Saturday 29 October to Monday 31 October.
Five teams will feature across four matches in Ballarat.
The Ballarat fixtures will include two Melbourne Renegades matches. This includes a Derby clash between the Renegades and Stars on Saturday 29 October and a match against the Sydney Sixers on Sunday 30 October.
A full WBBL|08 fixture will be released on Thursday morning.
“We are thrilled to be bringing the WBBL back to Ballarat this summer,” Melbourne Renegades General Manager, James Rosengarten, said.
“After two years of having to play matches outside of Victoria due to the pandemic, it’s exciting for our club and our players to be back playing in front of Renegades fans in WBBL|08.
“The Ballarat Festival of Cricket will be a fantastic event and to have a Derby match between the Renegades and Stars as part of that will be huge.
“We’re thankful to the City of Ballarat and the Victorian Government for their support of the Renegades and women’s cricket. Eastern Oval is a great facility for cricket and to celebrate and showcase some of Australia and the world’s best talent.
“Ballarat is part of our Renegades heartland. We’re determined to have a meaningful impact in the region not only through playing matches, but our involvement in the community. We look forward to continuing to build on our partnership and seeing a wave of red in Ballarat this cricket season.”
The City of Ballarat is excited to have matches back on their home turf.
“The City of Ballarat is delighted to be able to make the Eastern Oval home for the Melbourne Renegades for the Ballarat Festival of Cricket,” City of Ballarat Mayor, Cr Daniel Moloney, said.
“This announcement continues the strong partnership between the Melbourne Renegades and City of Ballarat, which was unfortunately placed on hold during COVID-19 restrictions.
“Promoting women’s sport is a priority for the City of Ballarat as part of our focus on implantation of the Active Women and Girls Strategy.
“The City of Ballarat has invested significantly in the establishment of female friendly sporting facilities across Ballarat. Upgrades to change facilities for football, cricket, netball and soccer have headlined the investment over the past three years.
“More investment will be made in the future to ensure that opportunities continue to be provided for women and girls in Ballarat.”
Melbourne Renegades WBBL|08 matches in Ballarat
Sat 29 Oct: Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars, 2pm AEDT
Sun 30 Oct: Melbourne Renegades v Sydney Sixers, 2.30pm AEDT