Women’s event a world beater

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

PERTH Scorcher El­yse Vil­lani says the Women’s Big Bash League ex­ceeded her ex­pec­ta­tion in the in­au­gu­ral year of the com­pe­ti­tion.

The WBBL fea­tured eight clubs that are aligned with the eight clubs in the men’s T20 Big Bash, which re­cently fin­ished its fifth sea­son.

Women’s games were shown live on free to air tele­vi­sion, along with the men’s games.

In­ter­na­tional stars from around the world played in the com­pe­ti­tion, in­clud­ing English batswoman Char­lotte Ed­wards who played for the Perth Scorchers.

The women’s Scorchers fin­ished fourth in their first WBBL, los­ing to the even­tual cham­pi­ons Syd­ney Thun­der in the fi­nals.

Vil­lani, who is also a mem­ber of the South­ern Stars, said the qual­ity of the com­pe­ti­tion made it one of the best in the world. “It was pretty ex­cit­ing,” she said. “The suc­cess of the WBBL ex­ceeded our ex­pec­ta­tion. We are lead­ing the way in do­mes­tic cricket and I know a lot of the English girls come out and play.”

It was an in­cred­i­bly tight in­au­gu­ral WBBL.

The Mel­bourne Stars and Bris­bane Heat were both on equal points with seven wins and seven losses, but the Scorchers man­aged to sneak into fourth with a su­pe­rior run rate.

Vil­lani, who moved to WA last year from Vic­to­ria, was cho­sen to go to the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 com­pe­ti­tion and rep­re­sent the South­ern Stars.

The 26-year-old said she was ex­cited about play­ing on the big in­ter­na­tional stage.

“I am look­ing for­ward to the world cup,” she said.

“It will be pretty spe­cial go­ing over to In­dia and go­ing through the com­pe­ti­tion.”

The 2016 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 tour­na­ment will run from March 15 to April 3.

Aus­tralia will be hop­ing to de­fend their ti­tle, af­ter win­ning the last three tour­na­ments.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d449712

El­yse Vi­lani.

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