With eight teams, the WBBL follows a similar format to the men's. The major differences are that, instead of only eight regular season matches, each WBBL side plays each other twice, with 14 matches to be played per side (just like the former WT20 format).
The matches are held in weekend carnival styles, with blocks of matches starting from December 5. This set up over weekend periods gives the players time for their cricketing commitments as well as full time work and/or study.
In WBBL01 Channel 10 showed 8 matches live via One HD, the matches coincided with Men's matches as double-headers. After big numbers shown across these televised game it's anticipated Channel 10 will once again get behind the WBBL in season two.
Each WBBL squad has 14 active players and like the BBL, International players feature for each side. Each club is allowed to sign up to five and players who are either a) Southern Stars representatives from the last three years, or b) overseas players.
The Hurricanes list boasts England Vice Captain Heather Knight, New Zealand International Amy Satterthwaite, Teen West Indies International Hayley Matthews and Southern Star Julie Hunter.
HOBART HURRICANES WBBL01 SQUAD
Last year the WBBL side had a superb season, becoming the first Tasmanian women's cricket team to make the finals of a national competition. The team made it to the semi-finals but were defeated by the Sixers at the MCG in a rain affected match. Announcements around the WBBL02 squad will come in due course.
Coach: Julia Price | Assistant Coach: David Drew
Julie Hunter, Heather Knight, Hayley Matthews, Amy Sattherthwaite, Katelyn Fryett, Veronica Pyke, Brooke Hepburn, Meg Phillips, Sasha Moloney, Emma Thompson, Erin Burns, Emily Smith, Celeste Raack, Corinne Hall.
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