The Big Bash League is a domestic Twenty20 cricket competition held in the Australian summer across December and January. There are games scheduled on most nights per week, adding an exciting spectacle to the Australian cricket calendar. The league consists of eight teams with two each from Sydney and Melbourne, along with sides from Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart and Perth.
These sides generally consist of promising young talent, well-credentialed locals, representative players and star imports from across the world. The format, and the talent assembled, ensures a high level of entertaining cricket is on show for enthusiastic fans.
With the Big Bash League’s inauguration coming in 2011, it’s still relatively new and fresh, gaining momentum and popularity each summer. The format of the tournament is a round-robin, with knockout finals to determine the winner.
Over the four BBL seasons to date, the Perth Scorchers have been the most successful side. They’ve reached the final every year and have won the competition in the past two years, 2013-14 and 2014-15. The top two sides had previously gone on to qualify for the Champions League Twenty20 tournament against the world’s top Twenty20 sides, however as of July 2015, this competition was cancelled for a variety of reasons including poor audience attendance and viewership.
This couldn’t be further from the case on Australian shores as crowds reached record numbers last summer, averaging over 23,000 people per match. The competition has been guaranteed coverage on Network Ten until 2018, ensuring the Big Bash is here to stay.
|2015/2016||SYDNEY THUNDER||MELBOURNE STARS||3 WICKETS|
|2014/2015||PERTH SCORCHERS||SYDNEY SIXERS||4 WICKETS|
|2013/2014||PERTH SCORCHERS||HOBART HURRICANES||39 RUNS|
|2012/2013||BRISBANE HEAT||PERTH SCORCHERS||34 RUNS|
|2011/2012||SYDNEY SIXERS||PERTH SCORCHERS||7 WICKETS|