The Sydney Sixers will return to North Dalton Park, Wollongong, this summer for a double header that will see both the Women’s Big Bash League and Big Bash League teams feature in an action-packed day of family fun.
After the success of the last match played at the venue three years ago, the Sixers will bring a points match for the WBBL team and a warm up match for the BBL to the ground on Tuesday 12 December.
The fixtures have been made possible through the partnership with Wollongong City Council, Destination Wollongong and the Office of Sport, that has seen an increase in first class matches hosted by the region in recent years.
Starting at midday, the WBBL match will feature a replay of last summer’s Big Final, with the Sydney Sixers taking on the Perth Scorchers. After lifting the trophy at the WACA last season, the Scorchers will be looking to get one back over the Sixers, who will in turn be looking to reverse their WBBL|01 and WBBL|02 early season form by posting successive wins first up in the tournament.
Following the WBBL match, at 4.30pm, the BBL warm up game will see the Sixers and Hobart Hurricanes go head to head in the teams’ first warm up match of the summer. The fixture will be the first time the Sixers have taken on another BBL team in a warm up and the match is sure to give both squads a good indication of how they stand leading into the seventh season of the BBL.
Sydney Sixers General Manager Dominic Remond said the Club was delighted to be returning to Wollongong.
“The last time we played down here we had a great time and were well received by the local community,” Remond said.
“We are really happy to be able to bring both of our teams down here and can’t wait to see plenty of locals attend on the day. The Wollongong and surrounding areas are a very important part of our fan base."
Of the timing of the WBBL fixture, Remond said the aim was to get in touch with local schools and provide the opportunity for a great day out for their students.
“We understand having the match start at midday is tough for locals to get to, but being so close to the end of school term we are hoping to engage with the local primary schools to drive their attendance, especially as we’ll be holding a skills clinic after the match before the BBL warm up game commences.”
Wollongong City Council Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery OAM said Wollongong is delighted to host a BBL & WBBL Double Header at North Dalton Park.
“Wollongong boasts a strong cricket community and first class facilities which we look forward to putting on display come December,” Bradbery said.
“The Big Bash is a fast paced, exciting game to watch and I would encourage the entire community to come down and check it out!”
Destination Wollongong General Manager Mark Sleigh said the infrastructure upgrades to North Dalton Park over the past 12 months have played an important role in securing the BBL Warm-Up and WBBL double header for the region.
“The double header will include the first WBBL match to be played in Wollongong which will be a grand final rematch against the Scorchers and I’m sure the Sixers will be keen to retain bragging rights,” Sleigh said.
A kids clinic will be run between the matches with details to be finalised in the coming weeks.
Details of the fixtures are:
Tuesday 12 December
12pm – Sydney Sixers v Perth Scorchers – Women’s Big Bash League
4.30pm – Sydney Sixers v Hobart Hurricanes – Big Bash League
Entry to this event is free of charge, with plenty of activities for the kids, a great family friendly atmosphere and all the entertainment of the Big Bash.