Women’s event a world beater
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.