High praise for inaugural women’s Big Bash

Perth Scorcher Elyse Villani.
Perth Scorcher Elyse Villani.

The WBBL featured eight teams aligned with the eight in the five-season-old men’s T20 Big Bash. Games were shown live on free-to-air television.

International stars joined the competition including English star batswoman Charlotte Edwards who played for the Perth Scorchers.

The women’s Scorchers finished fourth in their first WBBL, losing to the eventual champions Sydney Thunder in the finals.

Villani, who is also a member of the Southern Stars, said the quality of the competition made it one of the best in the world.

“It was pretty exciting to be honest,” she said. “I think the success of the WBBL exceeded our expectation. I think we are leading the way in domestic cricket.”

It was a tight inaugural WBBL.

The Melbourne Stars and Brisbane Heat were both on equal records with seven wins and seven losses, but the Scorchers snuck into fourth with a superior run rate.

Villani, who moved to WA last year from Victoria, was chosen to go to the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 competition in India from March 15 to April 3 and represent the Southern Stars.

Australia will be hoping to defend its title, after winning the last three tournaments.