Women's Big Bash League to return to Hurstville Oval for 2019-20 WBBL05 season

Super girls: The WBBL will return to Hurstville. Picture: John Veage
Super girls: The WBBL will return to Hurstville. Picture: John Veage

The women's Big Bash League will return to Hurstville Oval next season with the fifth installment of the competition to stand alone in 2019-20 - as seven festival weekends of cricket were announced around the country.

The Sydney Sixers will look to continue their impressive record at Hurstville, as the 2018-19 runners up host the Melbourne Stars on October 26.

The Sixers then welcome the Adelaide Strikers to the St George district on November 30 and December 1 in a Saturday-Sunday double header.

The WBBL has been a success at Hurstville in recent years with the ground proving its worth as a venue fit to host elite level cricket.

Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and Hobart will all host festival weekends with the grand final to be played on December 8.

The WBBL will act as a lead up to the ICC women's T20 World Cup to be played in Australia in February.

Cricket Australia executive general manager fan engagement Anthony Everard said the competition standing by itself was monumental for the women's game.

"The players showed that last year with more totals of over 150 than the first previous three seasons of the rebel WBBL combined, all culminating into an incredible standalone finals festival weekend," he said.

"Moving the entire tournament to its own standalone period is the first step towards achieving that ultimate goal of being the best women's league in the world, giving the world's best female cricketers from across the globe the platform to show fans what they are capable of.

"It's something we've been building towards and last year's final series has proved that the WBBL is ready to stand on its own two feet.

"The volume of televised content nearly doubled last season with the 23 broadcast matches averaging 213,000.

"To build on this, fans will have a more consistent broadcast offering this season with seven consecutive festival weekends around the country broadcast live, with all remaining matches streamed on cricket.com.au.

"Festival weekends will also give families the best chance to come and experience the game all around the country."

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