Alistair Dobson, the head of Big Bash Leagues (BBL), on Tuesday thanked all players who took part in the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) for being at the forefront of their stance against racism. “I also commend the players for taking the lead in their stand against racism, both by shaking hands in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and by participating in initiatives that honor and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples , “Dobson said in an official release from Cricket Australia.
WBBL 2020-21 season was won by Sydney Thunder when the team defeated Melbourne Stars in the final of the tournament.
In its sixth season and unlike any other, the WBBL reached new heights in one of the most memorable tournaments to date. The best players from around the world converged in the rebellious WBBL Village alongside Australia’s best domestic cricketers, playing a full season of 59 matches across multiple locations in Sydney.
A sold-out audience witnessed the Sydney Thunder claim a second WBBL title under lighting at North Sydney Oval, with the Final marking the first time that two female referees had presided over a major domestic final in Australia. More than 1 million viewers voted for the WBBL | 06 finals series that was played under light for the first time in prime time. It was the second highest WBBL finals series behind WBBL | 04, with the Finals becoming the second highest ever WBBL game and the highest ever for a game at 7mate.
In her first season with the Perth Scorchers, all-rounder Sophie Devine claimed back-to-back Player of the Tournament awards, while 17-year-old fast bowler Darcie Brown was named rebel Young Gun in her debut season.
History was also made on the field, with Melbourne Renegades spinner Molly Strano becoming the first player to take 100 WBBL wickets and Beth Mooney and Ellyse Perry both passing 3,000 WBBL runs. Great hitter Devine also became the first hitter to hit 100 sixers.
“WBBL | 06 was an incredible tournament in so many ways and I am proud of everyone who made it happen, including the local and foreign players who spent time in quarantine, the NSW government that made the tournament take place, our various broadcast partners who continue to help make the game more visible and those who have made the WBBL Village home to more than 250 players, families and staff, ”Dobson said.
“We were treated to incredible cricket matches and brilliant individual performances throughout the tournament and it is no surprise that more fans than ever were watching,” he added.
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