The ninth Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) season has arrived.
The new campaign comes with some new additions, with standalone games at the MCG and SCG for the first time – the first women’s matches at either venues outside of the T20 World Cup.
Another change brought the inaugural player draft while each team was able to sign up to three overseas players, and there were no longer any restrictions on how many Cricket Australia contracted players they could sign.
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There are 56 matches in the group stage, with each of the eight teams playing each other twice.
The group stage ends on November 26, with the final set to take place on December 2.
The winners of the group stage are guaranteed a spot straight in the final, while the second-place side receives a bye round.
Those placed third and fourth will face each other in the ‘eliminator’.
The winner then faces second in the ‘challenger’ to book a spot in the final against the top side.
The 2023 WBBL season begins on Thursday night. Credit: Daniel Pockett/Getty Images for Cricket Australia
Watch WBBL fixtures on Seven
Seven’s live and free coverage of the WBBL features 24 games from the season opener through to the finals.
It all kicks off with three matches in week one on Channel 7 and 7mate.
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Scroll down for the full broadcast guide for the opening round.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19
Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Stars
Sydney, Melbourne 7.30pm live on Channel 7
Brisbane 6.30pm live on 7mate
Adelaide 7pm live on 7mate
Perth 4.30pm live on 7mate
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22
Perth Scorchers v Brisbane Heat
Sydney 1.30pm live on Channel 7
Melbourne 1.30pm live on 7mate
Brisbane 12.30pm live on Channel 7
Adelaide 1pm live on Channel 7
Perth 10.30am live on 7mate
Sydney Thunder v Sydney Sixers
Sydney, Melbourne 5pm live on 7mate
Brisbane 4pm live on 7mate
Adelaide 4.30pm live on 7mate
Perth 2pm live on 7mate
What happened last year?
In season 2022, the Adelaide Strikers took home the title after shocking the two-time champions Sydney Sixers.
It was the Strikers’ first championship, with former West Indies all-rounder Deandra Dottin leading them to a 10-run win with a half-century and two wickets.
The Sixers had finished top of the table after winning a record 11 group-stage games but couldn’t get it done in the final.
Scroll down as 7NEWS.com.au takes a look at each side ahead of the 2023 season.
Last year’s result: 8 wins, 5 losses – champions
Coach: Luke Williams
Captain: Tahlia McGrath
Draft picks: Laura Wolvaardt (South Africa, pick 12, retention pick), Dani Gibson (England, pick 17)
Team list: Georgia Adams, Jemma Barsby, Darcie Brown, Dani Gibson, Katie Mack, Tahlia McGrath (c), Anesu Mushangwe, Courtney Neale, Annie O’Neil, Bridget Patterson, Maddie Penna, Megan Schutt, Amanda-Jade Wellington, Ella Wilson, Laura Wolvaardt
Jemma Barsby of the Adelaide Strikers. Credit: Daniel Pockett/Getty Images for Cricket Austral
Last year’s result: 8 wins, 5 losses – third place
Coach: Ashley Noffke
Captain: Jess Jonassen
Draft picks: Amelia Kerr (NZ, Pick 6), Bess Heath (England, Pick 19)
Team list: Nicola Hancock, Grace Harris, Laura Harris, Mikayla Hinkley, Ellie Johnston, Jess Jonassen, Charli Knott, Grace Parsons, Georgia Redmayne, Courtney Sippel, Georgia Voll, Amelia Kerr, Bess Heath, Mignon du Preez, Sarah Glenn (partial replacement for Amelia Kerr), Lucy Hamilton
(L-R) Mignon Du Prueez, Sarah Glen and Bess Heath of the Brisbane Heat WBBL. Credit: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images
Last year’s results: 7 wins, 6 losses – fourth place
Coach: Jude Coleman
Captain: Elyse Villani
Draft picks: Shabnim Ismail (South Africa, pick 5), Bryony Smith (England, pick 14)
Team list: Nicola Carey, Maisy Gibson, Heather Graham, Ruth Johnston, Hayley Silver-Holmes, Amy Smith, Molly Strano, Rachel Trenaman (injured), Elyse Villani, Shabnim Ismail, Bryony Smith, Emma Manix-Geeves, Lizelle Lee, Naomi Stalenberg, Julia Cavanough, Tabatha Saville
Heather Graham of the Hobart Hurricanes. Credit: Daniel Pockett/Getty Images for Cricket Austral
Last year’s results: 4 wins, 9 losses – seventh place
Coach: Simon Helmot
Captain: Hayley Matthews
Draft picks: Hayley Matthews (West Indies, pick 3), Harmanpreet Kaur (India, pick 10)
Team list: Tammy Beaumont, Sarah Coyte, Josie Dooley, Jess Duffin, Ellie Falconer, Ella Hayward, Sophie Molineux, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham, Hayley Matthews, Harmanpreet Kaur, Georgia Prestwidge, Courtney Webb
Hayley Matthews of the Renegades. Credit: Daniel Pockett/Getty Images
Last year’s results: 5 wins, 6 losses – sixth place
Coach: Jonathan Batty
Captain: Meg Lanning
Draft picks: Alice Capsey (England, pick 6), Maia Bouchier (England, pick 13)
Team list: Sophie Day, Nicole Faltum, Tess Flintoff, Kim Garth, Olivia Henry, Milly Illingworth, Meg Lanning, Sasha Moloney, Rhys McKenna, Sophie Reid, Annabel Sutherland, Alice Capsey, Maia Bouchier, Sophia Dunkley, Jas Nevins
Kim Garth of the Melbourne Stars. Credit: Daniel Pockett/Getty Images for Cricket Austral
Last year’s result: 6 wins, 7 losses – fifth place
Captain: Sophie Devine
Coach: Becky Grundy
Draft picks: Sophie Devine (New Zealand, pick 2 – retention pick), Danni Wyatt (England, pick 11, later withdrew)
Team list: Chloe Ainsworth, Zoe Britcliffe, Stella Campbell, Piepa Cleary, Maddy Darke, Sophie Devine, Amy Edgar, Lisa Griffith, Amy Jones, Alana King, Lilly Mills, Beth Mooney, Taneale Peschel, Chloe Piparo, Lauren Winfield-Hill
Alana King of the Perth Scorchers. Credit: Daniel Pockett/Getty Images for Cricket Austral
Last year’s result: 11 wins, 2 losses – runners-up
Coach: Charlotte Edwards
Captain: Ellyse Perry
Draft picks: Chloe Tryon (South Africa, pick 7), Jess Kerr (New Zealand, pick 25)
Team list: Jade Allen, Suzie Bates, Maitlan Brown, Erin Burns, Mathilda Carmichael, Lauren Cheatle, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Emma Hughes, Kate Peterson, Ellyse Perry, Chloe Tryon, Jess Kerr, Linsey Smith
Ellyse Perry of the Sydney Sixers. Credit: Daniel Pockett/Getty Images for Cricket Austral
Last year’s result: 1 win, 10 losses – eighth place
Coach: Lisa Keightley
Captain: Heather Knight
Draft picks: Marizanne Kapp (South Africa, pick 1), Heather Knight (England, pick 9), Lauren Bell (England, pick 18)
Team list: Hannah Darlington, Ebony Hoskin, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Anika Learoyd, Phoebe Litchfield, Claire Moore, Olivia Porter, Lauren Smith, Marizanne Kapp, Heather Knight, Lauren Bell, Tahlia Wilson, Saskia Horley, Paris Bowdler, Chamari Athapaththu
Hannah Darlington of the Sydney Thunder. Credit: Daniel Pockett/Getty Images for Cricket Austral
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