Cricket Australia this morning released the domestic schedule for 2022-23, revealing a fixture that will provide plenty of live cricket for WA's passionate Members and fans.
Normality finally returns in the form of a more traditional home-and-away roster, following two seasons compromised by COVID-19.
In turn, Members and fans will be treated to at least 14 Women’s National Cricket League, Marsh One-Day Cup and Marsh Sheffield Shield fixtures at the WACA Ground.
The first – a WNCL clash between WA and ACT Meteors – takes place on Friday 23 September and could feature the WA debut of Australia superstar Beth Mooney, who joined the State during the off-season.
WA’s Men launch their Marsh One-Day Cup title defence against Victoria at the CitiPower Centre on Sunday 25 September.
The St Kilda ground was the sight of WA’s thrilling Marsh Cup Final triumph against New South Wales last year, a contest immortalised by Hilton Cartwright’s stunning outfield catch to remove Blues talisman Moises Henriques.
Men’s Head Coach Adam Voges’ charges then return to Perth for a One-Day Cup match against NSW at the WACA Ground, before WA’s Sheffield Shield title defence begins at home against the Blues on Monday 3 October.
WA’s Men and Women have blocks of 10 games (five Shield, five One-Day Cup) and four games respectively, before 50-over and four-day domestic cricket makes way for the KFC Men’s Big Bash League and Weber Women’s Big Bash League.
WA Men’s Head Coach Adam Voges said:
“We’re incredibly motivated to build on everything we achieved last year.
“We have good memories of playing at the CitiPower Centre, especially after last year’s One-Day Cup Final, so we’re looking forward to starting our 50-over campaign there.
“It’ll also be great to kick off the Sheffield Shield season in front of our passionate supporters at the WACA Ground, who provided us with a huge edge during last year’s Shield Final.
“Knowing we’ll be playing at home regularly is a refreshing change, and we’re eager to get started.”
WA Women’s Head Coach Becky Grundy said:
“First and foremost, the girls are thrilled to be playing more cricket.
“Expanding the season to 12 games per team is great for the WNCL, and it will provide our squad with a huge opportunity to grow together as a unit.
“Playing at home is also really important to us, after spending last year on the road. Knowing the local conditions and playing in front of our Members, fans, family and friends makes a big difference.
“We’ve worked incredibly hard on our fitness and skills during the off-season, and the attitude and application of the squad has been first class. We’re excited to see what we can achieve in 20