The Optus Stadium has been confirmed as the venue for this year’s Weber WBBL | 07 final, with the Perth Scorchers securing first place in the table with an emphatic eight-wicket win over the Sydney Sixers in Adelaide.
The Scorchers have earned the right to jump right into and host the decision in the new WBBL Finals system and now have the benefit of a week off to rest and prepare for their first WBBL title.
The eliminator: Brisbane Heat versus Adelaide Strikers | November 24th | Time & place TBC
The challenger: Melbourne Renegades versus TBC | November 25 | Time & place TBC
The final one: Perth Scorchers versus TBC | Optus Stadium | November 27 at 4:10 p.m. local (7:10 p.m. AEDT)
Listen to the WBBL finals on Seven Network, Fox Cricket, Kayo, the CA Live app, or listen to ABC radio
Perth won’t know their opponent until after Thursday’s Challenger Final, in which the runner-up Melbourne Renegades face the winner of the Eliminator on Wednesday between Adelaide Strikers and Brisbane Heat.
Tickets for The Final will be sold on Monday at 9:00 a.m. AWST through Ticketmaster, details here.
It is the first time that the WBBL decision will be held in the 60 km stadium and only the third Big Bash game for women on site.
The Scorchers previously played twice in double heads with the KFC BBL on the ground; the first was a semi-final in WBBL | 03 against Sydney Thunder, the second a blockbuster on Boxing Day against Brisbane Heat, which attracted 14,983 spectators.
The last time the Perth tournament finals were played was in WBBL | 02 when the Scorchers went to the Sixers at the WACA Ground, and the last time the Scorchers made the playoff was in WBBL | 03 when they against the same opponents at the Adelaide Oval.
Details of the weekday final with the Renegades, Heat and Strikers will be confirmed after Adelaide’s game against Melbourne Stars today.
The Scorchers’ fate was as good as tied to going into Sunday’s game against the unusual Sixers; You would have had to lose 150 runs or 119 balls to fall under the Renegades at the net run rate.
Leg spinner Alana King pressed her authority into the match as she removed Sixers openings Alyssa Healy (17 of 22) and Shafali Verma (27 of 22) in the same over, then brought in a third when she picked up Nicole Bolton for 19 bowled.
King finished with numbers 3-18 while the sixers were held at 4-128.
In response, Scorchers openers Sophie Devine and Beth Mooney put 34 for the first wicket before Lauren Cheatle made a brilliant dive in the deep to remove the Kiwi star for 18.
Bolton held onto a chance at her own bowling to win the innings of the Mooney tournament’s leading scorer on Jan.
But Chloe Piparo (50 no out of 39) and Heather Graham (30 no out of 23) competed to win their team by 17 balls for a clinical victory.
It wasn’t the feat the Sixers had hoped for to celebrate Healy’s 100th game as they finished bottom of the WBBL stand for the first time.