Queensland take on ACT in the opener in revised WNCL fixture on January 30  

Queensland take on ACT in the opener in revised WNCL fixture on January 30  

New South Wales won 20 out 24 titles in WNCL history. © Getty Images

The much-awaited Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) will now begin on January 30 with Queensland taking on Australian Capital Territory (ACT) at the Harry Trott Oval, Cricket Australia announced. Earlier it was announced that the first round of seven matches will be played between February 28 and March 7.

But in the latest development, the fixtures have been pulled forward in order to the tournament committee the best chance to be completed in full. It is also to be noted that all the States and Territories due to host WNCL matches this season have confirmed that matches will be open for the general public to attend.

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In the revised schedule, Tasmania will play ACT at the Karen Rolton Oval on February 3 before they take on South Australia two days later at the same venue. South Australia’s fixture against ACT will now be played on February 7 at the Karen Rolton Oval while Victoria take on New South Wales at CitiPower Centre three days later.

Victoria will play their second fixture against New South Wales at the CitiPower Centre on February 12 while Queensland take on South Australia on February 20 at the Harry Trott Oval.

“The latest changes to the 2020-21 WNCL schedule, which will see the season now begin on January 30, have been made to ensure the competition is given the best chance to be completed in full,” Drew Ginn, Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager, High Performance, said.

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“We’d like to acknowledge the work of our State and Territory Associations, particularly the High-Performance Managers at each, who have worked together to ensure the domestic schedule can proceed.

“While many changes to the schedule throughout the summer have occurred in reaction to border closures, a number of proactive decisions have also been taken to ensure the strength of the competition is maintained, in balance with the welfare of players and staff.

“This process will continue for the remainder of the summer as we continue to monitor the public health situation, border closures and related impacts. We thank everyone involved in Australian Cricket for their flexibility and understanding and look forward to the beginning of the WNCL season,” he added.

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