BIG Bash cricket is coming to Wagga.
Sydney Thunder will play Adelaide Strikers in two Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) matches at Robertson Oval in January.
It will be a big weekend of cricket with consecutive games held over Saturday and Sunday, January 20-21.
In further good news for the city, the Thunder announced the signing of Wagga rising star Rachel Trenaman on a two-year contract.
The matches are a partnership between the Thunder, Wagga City Council and the NSW Government.
Wagga City Council had been in discussions with the Thunder for some time and committed to providing the required infrastructure to get the game off the ground.
The NSW Government’s Office of Sport and Destination NSW contributed a ‘commercially confidential’ amount to bring the game to Wagga.
Sydney Thunder general manager Lee Germon believes Wagga is in for a treat.
“I think this ground will be fantastic...and I can envisage thousands of spectators here enjoying what will be a fantastic two matches,” Germon said.
“The calibre of athlete we will bring to these games will actually be incredible. So you’re looking at potentially I think around about seven or eight of the top 10 ranked women cricketers in the world will be coming to Wagga Wagga to play.
“We’re going to see two days of fantastic, family friendly cricket, some great cricket as well, in terms of quality.”
Germon added that taking games to regional areas is a key focus for the Thunder.
“Wagga is a very important part of Thunder nation. Sydney Thunder is not about metro Sydney only, it’s a club that we’re very passionate about going into regional NSW as well and Wagga is a key part of that,” he said.
Both matches will start at 2pm.
Wagga-born Alex Blackwell leads the Thunder and the club hopes they will be able to showcase the likes of Rachael Haynes, Stafanie Taylor and Harmanpreet Kaur in the double header.
Trenaman may be able to add to the local flavour after signing her two-year deal.
She spent last season as a Thunder rookie and is now set to take the next step.
“It’s absolutely outstanding. It’s a pretty special feeling,” Trenaman said.
“Especially after the rookie season last year, I was more than happy to come in and sign for two years. It was excellent, just being around the girls and learning as much as I can, and just the environment amongst the girls is excellent as well.”
Trenaman is one of 15 players on the Thunder list and said while she will not be getting her hopes up, she would love to be able to play in front of her home crowd.