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Western Australia to begin WNCL title defence with two home games at WACA Ground

Western Australia will begin their Women’s National Cricket League title defence with consecutive home games at the WACA Ground in just over a month’s time, today’s fixture release revealed.

WA claimed their maiden 50-over WNCL title in February and will commence their quest to go back-to-back with home fixtures against the ACT and South Australia on January 15 and 18 respectively.

Their opening fixture against ACT Meteors will be a day-night fixture to be played under lights.

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The team will hit the road for four fixtures throughout the competition’s middle stages before finishing with consecutive matches against Victoria at the WACA on March 18 and 20.

The final will be staged at the ladder-leader’s home ground on Saturday March 27.

First-year coach Becky Grundy said the team’s focus across the eight-round tournament will firmly be on consistency.

WA opener Chloe Piparo during the WNCL match between South Australia and Western Australia.
Camera IconWA opener Chloe Piparo during the WNCL match between South Australia and Western Australia. Credit: Mark Brake/Getty Images

“It is fantastic that we have a schedule locked in that sees us begin our campaign at home in just over a month,” Grundy said.

“The recent success of winning the 2019-20 WNCL title will remain an unforgettable experience for all involved, one that we will collectively work hard to experience again this summer.

“Last season’s performance provides the group with great confidence and a strong foundation to build on, as we work towards delivering more consistent performances to give ourselves a real chance to be in a position to defend the title.”

Port Hedland fast bowler Zoe Britcliffe and Mandurah’s Georgia Wyllie will be pushing to make their state debuts after being included in the squad for the first time.

Experienced Victorian leg-spinner Alana King is the final new inclusion in the 14-player squad.

WA FIXTURES:

Friday 15 January WA v ACT @ WACA Ground

Monday 18 January WA v SA @ WACA Ground

Wednesday 27 January WA v QLD @ Allan Border Field

Friday 29 January WA v QLD @ Allan Border Field

Friday 19 February WA v TAS @ Blundstone Arena

Sunday 21 February WA v NSW @ Blundstone Arena

Thursday 18 March WA v VIC @ WACA Ground

Saturday 20 March WA v VIC @ WACA Ground

Saturday 27 March WNCL Final – TBC

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