Weber WBBL|08 Countdown Is On – 30 Days To Go!

The Weber WBBL will be back with a bang next month with some high quality signings putting pen to paper ensuring the talent pool will be deep across the 8 clubs.

The huge news today coming out of the Harbour City was the announcement that the premier bowler in T20 Cricket around the world Sophie Ecclestone will be wearing Magenta this summer. The talented spinner is delighted to be teaming up with some of her traditional adversaries in the International arena and will add another dimension to the 6ers outfit.

The competition has come a long way from its inaugural season and Weber WBBL|08 promises to be must-see viewing with some of the biggest stars already locked away with plenty more player announcements to come in the lead-up to the tournament.

When it comes to a high-quality day out with the family, it is hard to go past Weber WBBL|08 with the festival atmosphere combining music, food and on-field action it is a must this Spring.

Festival Weekends:
Great Barrier Reef Arena (13-18 Oct)
WACA Ground (20-23 Oct)
Allan Border Field (25-29 Oct)
Blundstone Arena (3-7 Nov)
CitiPower Centre (10-13 Nov) 
North Sydney Oval (16-20 Nov)

 Secure your tickets to the Weber WBBL|08 today!

Kepler Wessels Special Guest On The Cricket Library Podcast The Cricket Library

Kepler Wessels has the distinction of representing both Australia and South Africa in International Cricket. In this edition of the Cricket Library Podcast, Kepler Wessels joins host Matt Ellis to share his reflections on the origins of his passion for cricket, breaking into First Class Cricket at age 16 whilst still at school, moving to England and the influence of Tony Greig in getting him to Australia to play World Series Cricket. We hear about Kepler's test debut, where he made a big hundred, and we clear up who was to blame for the run-out of Greg Chappell in that innings. He shares his mindset for taking on and conquering the almighty West Indies pace attack of the 1980s. We get some insights into the Sheffield Shield final in the 1985/6 season and his dismissal of Mark Waugh in that game. Kepler speaks of the surprise of returning to play international cricket for South Africa, the thrill of beating Australia in their first game of the 92 World Cup and the disappointment of bowing out in a rain-affected semi-final. He shares the plan they hatched to dismiss Allan Border in the famous Sydney Test Match of 1994 and the elation of scoring a century at Lord's at the back end of his career. Kepler updates us on what he is up to now, including his work at Kepler Wessels Training. Of course, we don't let him get away without asking who the three people he would most like to join him at the cricket nets. Please remember to subscribe to the Cricket Library Podcast on your favourite podcast provider and leave a review to help us to continue to start conversations that inspire a love of cricket.
  1. Kepler Wessels Special Guest On The Cricket Library Podcast
  2. Michelle Goszko – Special Guest On The Cricket Library Podcast
  3. ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Countdown – Aaron Wharton Interview
  4. Cricket Library Weekly – Season Finale
  5. Cricket Library Weekly – Australia Lift The World Cup & WA Lift The Shield

Fill The Furnace

The message to Perth Scorchers fans is simple – Fill The Furnace for the Weber WBBL|07 final this weekend.

This is a magnificent opportunity for fans in WA to see some high quality cricket and witness history as the Perth Scorchers hope to fulfil their quest of lifting the coveted WBBL trophy for the first time.

After finishing first on the ladder, the Scorchers will be watching on closely to see who their opponents will be.

One of many players taking to social media to spread the word is former guest on the Cricket Library Weekly Piepa Cleary.

Regardless on how things pan out on Saturday, one thing we are certain of here at the Cricket Library is that this years’ competition has been next level in terms of the skills executed on the field with the quality of cricket on show of the highest order.

RL Haynes Retained As Thunder Captain

In some fantastic news for fans of the Sydney Thunder, Rachael Haynes has agreed to terms for another season with the reigning WBBL Champions. She was part of the inaugural Thunder WBBL team which won the WBBL|01 title and was the captain in their WBBL|06 victorious campaign.

She is the Thunder WBBL all time leading run scorer and will be looking to lead from the front again in WBBL|07.

Welcome back RL Haynes!

Haiku Poem By Matt Fiction

Rachael Haynes signs on

Thunder Nation celebrate

Good to see her back!

Rachel Priest Special Guest on the Cricket Library Weekly

This week on the Cricket Library Weekly, Robbie Mackinlay catches up with Rachel Priest from the Hobart Hurricanes and Tasmanian Roar. We hear some interesting insights from the powerful top order batter about her move to Tasmania, reflections on the Rebel WBBL and how preparations are tracking for the upcoming WNCL season. Robbie also asks a question on behalf of one of the Cricket Library Weekly’s loyal listeners.

The lads also have a look at the test series between Australia and India as we head into the final match in what has been full of gripping cricket.

We also delve into some statistics to try and work out which are the best bats in the KFC Big Bash League.

Needless to say, they also address your questions in the highly popular Matt’s Mailbag segment with a query this week sent through by some younger listeners from Orange in Central West NSW.

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The Cricket Library Podcast – Maisy Gibson Interview

Maisy Gibson rose to prominence playing an integral role in the success of the Sydney Thunder WBBL team that won the inaugural WBBL competition.

In this edition of the Cricket Library Podcast we get to hear more of the Maisy Gibson story which started in the backyard in Singleton and progressed through the NSW representative pathway and becoming the 1st woman to play 1st Grade in the 120 year history of the Maitland and District Cricket Association when she became player number 327 for the Western Suburbs Plovers.

She would go on to have success with the Sydney Thunder in the WBBL and the highly successful NSW Breakers in the WNCL competition. Maisy shares about this time as well as her move to Tasmania where she is now plying her craft with the Hobart Hurricanes and Tasmanian Roar.

Maisy who has experienced a net with WWE Superstar John Cena gives considerable thought to her three net session selections and her choices will not disappoint.

Outside of cricket Maisy channels her creative energy into her sock business the Sock Enthusiast which can be found on Instagram 

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