Cricket: Lilac Hill to host four Women’s Big Bash League fixtures

Lilac Hill will host four Women’s Big Bash League games in January.
Lilac Hill will host four Women’s Big Bash League games in January.

CAVERSHAM’S Lilac Hill will host four Women’s Big Bash League cricket games in January.

The City of Swan has partnered with the Perth Scorchers to bring four thrilling matches to the Swan Valley between January 13 and 21.

Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright said the matches followed on from the enormous success of the WBBL’s inaugural 2015-16 season, where attendance and viewing records hit an all-time high.

“WBBL matches attracted an average crowd of about 7000 last season, while one game between Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Thunder attracted 14,611 people – the highest ever for a women’s domestic cricket match,” he said.

“All of the fixtures at Lilac Hill Park will also be streamed live on Cricket Australia’s website to a national audience, so this is an exciting and high-profile event for the City.”

The first match on January 13 will see the Melbourne Stars, led by last season’s leading run-scorer Meg Lanning, take on the Adelaide Strikers.

Perth Scorchers will then face the Stars and last year’s champions the Sydney Thunder in the final two games.

Two local Midland-Guildford Cricket Club players, Elyse Villani and Chloe Piparo, are also part of the Perth Scorchers’ WBBL line-up.

Swan Valley/Gidgegannup Ward Councillor Darryl Trease said it was “extremely pleasing” for Lilac Hill Park to once again host high-profile cricket.

“For nearly two decades, the Swan Valley was home to the Lilac Hill Festival Match, the first fixture for international teams touring Australia,” he said.

“We are hoping this will be the beginning of a new partnership to keep WBBL cricket coming back to the Swan Valley.”