WNCL to start the expanded season from September 23

Tasmanian Tigers win WNCL 2021-22 title © Getty Images

Cricket Australia (CA) has announced that New South Wales would take on Queensland in the opening game of the Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) 2022-23 season on September 23, 2022, at Junction Oval.

For the first time, the WNCL will expand to a 43-game fixture, where each team will play two matches against each team during the regular season. The defending Champions, Tasmanian Tigers, will start their campaign against Victoria at the Junction Oval on October 4. The runners-up from the last season, South Australian Scorpions, will also face Victoria for their opening match.

Peter Roach, CA’s Head of Cricket Operations and Scheduling, expressed his views and said CA is excited to deliver the expanded WNCL season. We are delighted to deliver a domestic schedule today which sees a return to full competition.”

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“A full WNCL season with two matches against each opponent is a logical step and provides greater opportunities for our emerging women’s cricketers to play alongside our world-leading Australian players. Maintaining the strength of our domestic competitions is a priority for Australian Cricket and it’s brilliant to see so much elite cricket being played this summer,” he added.

CA have also announced that regional areas like Wollongong and Orange in New South Wales will also host the WNCL fixtures. Allen Border Field in Queensland, which was under construction for a year, will host Queensland’s fixture against Tasmania. 

Along with the WNCL, CA will conduct underage national championships to showcase the best young cricketers in the top age groups of Australian Cricket’s Pathways system. Perth will host the Under 19 Female National Championship from December 5 to 12, while the nation’s capital, Canberra, will host the Under 16 Female National Championship between January 5 to January 12, 2023. 

CA will announce the schedule for the eighth season of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) shortly.