Sydney Thunder leg-spinner Maisy Gibson said she would support bringing a Women’s Big Bash League fixture to her home Hunter region in the future.
Having just wrapped up her fourth WBBL campaign and made a T20 guest appearance for Newcastle club Hamilton-Wickham at No.1 Sportsground last week, Singleton-raised Gibson reckons the ingredients are “all there”.
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“I’d definitely like to see a [WBBL] game in Newcastle,” Gibson told the Newcastle Herald.
“There’s a great market for it there and No.1 is a good ground to play on.
“I’m not sure about all the requirements and it would probably have to be a day game because of the lights, but with the grandstand, the hill and the sightscreens it’s the perfect set up. It’s all there.”
WBBL will move to a stand-alone structure, separate from the men’s BBL, next summer while regional centres such as Mackay, Cairns, Ballarat, Launceston and Alice Springs were all used during 2018-2019.
“I think it helps spread the word, especially people seeing it first hand,” the NSW Breakers player said.
NSW-based games this season were played at North Sydney Oval, Sydney Showground, Hurstville Oval, the SCG and Canberra’s Manuka Oval while the finals series took place at Drummoyne Oval.
Family-friendly weekend festivals of cricket are set to continue in 2019-2020 for WBBL, which is set to start earlier in October with the Women’s T20 World Cup to follow in Australia across February and March.