In addition to these huge events, a new competition was taking flight that bridges the gap between local cricket and the elite Meteors that compete in the WNCL.
In the weeks before Christmas, as the year and the decade were winding down, a new chapter for women’s cricket in the ACT was beginning. The best cricketers from the ACT and region's grade cricket joined the ACT Meteors in the brand new four-team Female T20 Bash, featuring the Northern Frenzy, Western Crash, Eastern Fever, and Southern Pride.
After months of preparation, the competition launched at the National Zoo in early December with players, coaches and supporters gathering to celebrate the new initiative. With over 60 people in attendance, the launch was very well received by the community, with older and younger players alike appreciating the significance of the opportunity.
For the experienced players, it is a chance to hone their skills and pass on their valuable knowledge, and for the Meteors, it is extra game time to prepare for the upcoming second half of the WNCL and show form to selectors. For the young guns, it is a chance to learn, to test their mettle against the region’s best, and poke their noses into a door that could lead to state or even international level representation. (Read more about the launch and get to know some of the athletes here)
The competition's first matches were thrilling as Kippax Oval hosted the two opening rounds. Competition is already fierce – with two out of four games going down to the last ball. It was the Western team Crashing into pole position, but it is only their net run-rate that separates them from the Northern Frenzy, who also recorded back-to-back wins. The Eastern team will be Feverous for a win, as will the Southern squad who should have Pride in their performances – as each of their losses came in the final ball of the match.
Aiding in this journey are some of our best coaches, who are playing a vital role in shaping this new generation of female cricketers. For those players outside the Meteors, they will be soaking up all the knowledge they can get from these experienced coaches, knowledge that can be brought back to their club and passed onto teammates. Thus the Female T20 Bash serves as a bridge between local cricket and the elite level ACT Meteors. For players who perform well in grade cricket, the Female T20 Bash will be a stretch opportunity, letting these cricketers take their craft to the next level.
The teams were scheduled to square up again just before Christmas however the smoke haze covering Canberra forced the cancellation of the third round. The competition continues on Saturday 11 January with a top of the table clash between the Western Crash and Northern Frenzy, and a fight for a maiden win between the Eastern Fever and Southern Pride.
Catch the action from 10:00 AM at Mawson and Phillip or view results online at https://mycricket.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/RoundResults.aspx?entityid=2807.