The Women Big Bash League 2016-17 turned up as a big show returning much to its expectations. The league was placed this season in a reserved slot unhindered by any other tournaments. There are no Men's cricket going on now to interfere with it and live broadcasts of the matches came up as a grand accomplishment. Reportedly, about 680,000 Australians across the subcontinent, viewed the match between Sydney Thunder and Melbourne Stars on television. It was telecast on Saturday Prime Time. This brings on a huge possibility for success in live telecast of the fixtures, which could compete with that of Men's Cricket. There were huge crowds in the venue, substantiating the fact that Australian cricket fans have embraced WBBL.
Apart from embracing senior and established women players, WBBL is also successful to fulfil its another crucial objective, bringing in new players into the arena. Several new players performed strong in the matches. An imperative name is Sophie Molineux, who struck 37, batting for her team. She gave out 24 runs bowling quite economically in the other inning. Her comeback in the next match was striking. She removed four Adelaide Strikers wickets, including the run out dismissal of Charlotte Edwards. While batting, she remained unbeaten with 28 off 18 balls to win the match for her team.
New entrant in the franchisee, Harmanpreet Kaur, delivered a breathtaking strike. Her score of 47 off 28 balls emerged as an unmatched stance in the tournament so far. The boundaries and sixes she smashed were iconic to women cricket. Sydney Thunder was salvaged with her unbeaten knock of 30 in the rematch against Melbourne Renegades.
The dynamism and changes in the matches also came as an abrupt outcome in this season. There is more action in players, which was reflected in the first matches of the season. It is definite that audience, who expected some grand showdown were not disappointed by the players. In the match between Brisbane Heat and Sydney Sixers, the former's Deandra Dottin smashed an unbeaten 60 off 44 balls. It was a cruising stance for her team. On the other hand, Sophie Devine played strong for Adelaide Strikers in the matches with Melbourne Renegades. There was also a brisk strike from here side in the last season as well. Suzie bates and Elyse Villani salvaged Hobart Hurricanes in the match with Perth Scorchers. Some brilliant performance was from all-rounders like Hayley Matthews.
Still, the tournament is in its initial stage and a lot is expected in incoming matches. Several teams and players are still to show up their stances as it has been only a couple of days since the league started. WBBL is a successful franchisee, which is running as an engine for the popularity for women cricket.
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