Sydney Thunder will play two Rebel Women’s Big Bash League games in Wagga Wagga this season in partnership with the City of Wagga Wagga and the Office of Sport.
Thunder will face the Adelaide Strikers on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 January at Robertson Oval, with both games starting at 2pm.
Announcing the fixtures Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres is excited to see elite cricket being played in Regional NSW.
“Wagga Wagga loves its cricket and I’m confident there will be record crowds when the Sydney Thunder and Adelaide Strikers go head to head on 20 January and 21 January next year for the first time,” Mr Ayres said.
“Regional NSW will be the undisputed home of women’s cricket this summer.”
Local cricket supporters may have the opportunity to watch 16-year old Rachel Trenaman in action who has been promoted to the full squad after being Sydney Thunder’s ACT and Regional Rookie last season.
“It was great to spend last summer with the squad during the Big Bash period,” said Trenaman who signed a two-year contract.
“Getting to see how the likes of Alex Blackwell and the internationals went about their preparations was a great experience.
“I’d like to play a few games this season and help the team win WBBL03.”
Trenaman made her state debut in November 2016 and was this year named in the Cricket Australia XI that will play tour matches against England ahead of the Ashes.
Member for Wagga Wagga Daryl Maguire said there is a huge groundswell of support for cricket in Wagga Wagga, which is home to more than 1,500 local cricket players, coaches and officials.
“This is a massive coup for local fans and their families and the NSW Government is proud to help bring some of the nation’s top female players to our sport loving region,” Mr Maguire said.
Both fixtures will be free admission with Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga, Councillor Greg Conkey OAM confident the games will attract big crowds.
“Wagga has a big appetite for cricket and we are excited to host these thrilling, fast paced Women’s Big Bash League games,” Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga Councillor Greg Conkey OAM said.
“We expect many locals and visitors to head down and watch a game this summer in the heart of our city at Robertson Oval.”
Sydney Thunder General Manager Lee Germon is looking forward to welcoming Rachel Trenaman to the squad.
“Rachel is an outstanding talent who has come through the CNSW and Sydney Thunder development programs,” said Sydney Thunder General Manager Lee Germon.
“Like all our top players, Rachel would not have progressed this far without the support of the cricket community from, in her case, Wagga Wagga. Its great to be able to bring these matches to an area that has supported Rachel.”Sydney Thunder open their WBBL|03 campaign against the Melbourne Renegades on 9 December at North Sydney Oval.