On the eve of the opening weekend of WBBL|04, Sydney Thunder captain Alex Blackwell and seven marquee players from across the WBBL came together for a colourful season launch event at CitiPower Centre in Melbourne.
“It’s such an amazing tournament to be part of. I’ve been part of the first three and I do believe the fourth is going to be bigger and better,” said Blackwell.
“Sydney Thunder looks great. It’s amazing squad to captain. We’ve got a lot of talented players to work with and to mentor some of the younger players and I’m really looking forward to seeing some of our emerging talent get out there and show what they’ve got.”
The launch event showcased the WBBL’s signature fun environment with off-field entertainment for the whole family.
“As players we understand the role that the Big Bash plays in engaging new and diverse fans to the game of cricket. I think the WBBL plays a unique part in capturing the imagination of families and children.
“They’ll feel the sense of atmosphere here and they’ll get to meet their heroes in person.”
Thunder open their WBBL|04 campaign on Sunday 2 December against Melbourne Renegades. Blackwell caught up Renegades marquee player Amy Satterthwaite today.
“I got to coach her earlier on in the year and help her access a few more areas of the ground – I hope she doesn’t bring those shots out against us!”
Blackwell hopes her Thunder squad can improve on last year’s semi-final loss to win back the trophy they won in the inaugural WBBL season.
“It would be amazing if the Thunder could win the double title again, both men and women at the same time. It would be a hard feat to replicate but we’ve done it before so there’s no reason why we can’t do it again.”
Thunder vs Renegades will be broadcast live on 7mate and Fox Cricket from 1:30pm AEDT on Sunday 2 December and through the Cricket Australia Live app with radio coverage via ABC Grandstand.
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