BBL fixtures released: Christmas cricket looming

CRICKET Australia is likely to use the inaugural Christmas Eve cross-town derby in Sydney as a test case for a controversial move to Christmas Day in 2019.

The Thunder and Sixers showdown at Spotless Stadium on the night before Christmas is tipped to break television ratings records this summer.

But while players have embraced the exciting new timeslot for this summer, Test star Josh Hazlewood warned he doesn't want Christmas encroached on any further.

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Shane Watson, of the Sydney Thunder, and Sydney Sixers’ Moises Henriques will face off on Christmas Eve this year. Picture: Brett Costello
Shane Watson, of the Sydney Thunder, and Sydney Sixers’ Moises Henriques will face off on Christmas Eve this year. Picture: Brett Costello

Christmas Day fixtures are popular in the NBA and other international sports, and Cricket Australia are adamant they can make the concept work here particularly if the December 25 match-up is a derby showdown between two sides already based in the one city.

Hazlewood said Christmas Eve would be watched closely by the power that be, but he doesn't want CA to push the holiday festivities any further.

"I think Christmas Eve is as far as we can go," he said.

"I still like Christmas Day off. I guess we'll see how it goes this year. Whether it's a decent crowd there or people doing their own family thing.

"It suits some people and everyone has their own opinion. We'll see how it goes."

Josh Hazlewood is no fan of Christmas Day cricket. Picture: Sarah Reed.
Josh Hazlewood is no fan of Christmas Day cricket. Picture: Sarah Reed.

Thunder keeper Jay Lenton said the Christmas Eve clash will alter his normal road trip back to the family home in Toukley, but believes Sydney will embrace the fixture.

Lenton also sees merit in Christmas Day cricket.

"Again, if it was a Sydney derby it's probably something you could fit in and something you could make into a family time as well," he said.

"If there was to be a game it would have to be a derby and I think it could work. I think this is a great start.

Michael Neser and Alex Carey of the Adelaide Strikers celebrate winning last year’s Big Bash. Picture: AAP
Michael Neser and Alex Carey of the Adelaide Strikers celebrate winning last year’s Big Bash. Picture: AAP

"See how the Christmas Eve actually goes and I'm sure if that's a success in the future maybe the next BBL we might see a Christmas Day game.

"Obviously the broadcast numbers and viewership (for Christmas Eve) is going to be massive on television for that night I would have thought."

The Christmas Eve Sydney derby is also a double-header with the WBBL clash taking place earlier in the day.

Organisers are confident Sydneysiders will incorporate the cricket into their Christmas Eve plans and make the trek out to Spotless Stadium which holds 21,500.

 

FULL BBL SCHEDULE

All times are local

Brisbane Heat v Adelaide Strikers at the Gabba, December 19, 6:15pm

Melbourne Renegades v Perth Scorchers at Docklands, December 20, 7:15pm

Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Stars at TBC, December 21, 7:15pm

Sydney Sixers v Perth Scorchers at the SCG, December 22, 3:30pm

Brisbane Heat v Hobart Hurricanes at Carrara Stadium, December 22, 6:00pm

Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Renegades at Adelaide Oval, December 23, 6:45pm

Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Stars at Bellerive Oval, December 24, 3:45pm

Sydney Thunder v Sydney Sixers at Sydney Showground, December 24, 7:15pm

Perth Scorchers v Adelaide Strikers at Perth Stadium, December 26, 4:15pm

Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Stars at the SCG, December 27, 7:15pm

Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Thunder at Bellerive, December 28, 7:15pm

Melbourne Renegades v Sydney Sixers at Docklands, December 29, 7:00pm

Hobart Hurricanes v Perth Scorchers at York Park, December 30, 7:15pm

Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Thunder at Adelaide Oval, December 31, 6:45pm

Brisbane Heat v Sydney Sixers at Carrara Stadium, January 1, 1:45pm

Melbourne Stars v Melbourne Renegades at the MCG, January 1, 7:15pm

D'Arcy Short took the BBL by storm last year. Picture: Getty
D'Arcy Short took the BBL by storm last year. Picture: Getty

Sydney Thunder v Perth Scorchers at Sydney Showground, January 2, 7:15pm

Melbourne Renegades v Adelaide Strikers at TBC, January 3, 7:15pm

Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Sixers at Bellerive Oval, January 4, 7:15pm

Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder at Carrara Stadium, January 5, 5:15pm

Perth Scorchers v Brisbane Heat at Perth Stadium, January 5, 6:30pm

Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Sixers at Adelaide Oval, January 6, 6:45pm

Melbourne Renegades v Hobart Hurricanes at Docklands, January 7, 7:15pm

Sydney Thunder v Brisbane Heat at Sydney Showground, January 8, 7:15pm

Melbourne Stars v Perth Scorchers at MCG, January 9, 7:15pm

Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Renegades at the Gabba, January 10, 6:15pm

Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Stars at Adelaide Oval, January 11, 6:30pm

Sydney Thunder v Adelaide Strikers at Sydney Showground, January 13, 2:45pm

Melbourne Renegades v Brisbane Heat at TBC, January 13, 6:35pm

Perth Scorchers v Sydney Sixers at Perth Stadium, January 13, 6:35pm

Heat captain Brendon McCullum reacts as he hits a high ball. Picture: AAP
Heat captain Brendon McCullum reacts as he hits a high ball. Picture: AAP

Melbourne Stars v Hobart Hurricanes at MCG, January 14, 7:15pm

Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Renegades at SCG, January 16, 7:15pm

Brisbane Heat v Sydney Thunder at The Gabba, January 17, 6:15pm

Perth Scorchers v Hobart Hurricanes at Perth Stadium, January 18, 6:30pm

Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars at Docklands Stadium, January 19, 6:45pm

Sydney Sixers v Brisbane Heat at SCG, January 20, 7:15pm

Adelaide Strikers v Hobart Hurricanes at Adelaide Oval, January 21, 6:45pm

Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Renegades at Sydney Showground, January 22, 7:15pm

Melbourne Stars v Adelaide Strikers at TBC, January 23, 2:45pm

Sydney Sixers v Hobart Hurricanes at SCG, January 23, 7:15pm

Perth Scorchers v Sydney Thunder at Perth Stadium, January 24, 6:40pm

Melbourne Stars v Brisbane Heat at MCG, January 27, 7:40pm

Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Renegades at Perth Stadium, January 28, 6:15pm

Tom Cooper smashes a four for the Melbourne Renegades. Picture: Getty
Tom Cooper smashes a four for the Melbourne Renegades. Picture: Getty

Hobart Hurricanes v Brisbane Heat at Bellerive Oval, January 29, 4:00pm

Sydney Sixers v Adelaide Strikers at SCG, January 29, 7:00pm

Melbourne Renegades v Sydney Thunder at Docklands Stadium, January 30, 7:15pm

Hobart Hurricanes v Adelaide Strikers at York Park, January 31, 7:40pm

Brisbane Heat v Perth Scorchers at The Gabba, February 1, 7:40pm

Sydney Sixers v Sydney Thunder at SCG, February 2, 7:00pm

Adelaide Strikers v Brisbane Heat at Adelaide Oval, February 3, 5:45pm

Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Stars at Perth Stadium, February 3, 6:15pm

Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Renegades at Bellerive Oval, February 7, 7:40pm

Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Stars at The Gabba, February 8, 7:40pm

Adelaide Strikers v Perth Scorchers at Traeger Park, February 9, 1:15pm

Sydney Thunder v Hobart Hurricanes at TBC, February 9, 6:15pm

Melbourne Stars v Sydney Sixers at MCG, February 10, 2:45pm

Semi final 1, February 14 at TBC

Semi final 2, February 15 at TBC

Grand Final, February 17 at TBC

 

ADELAIDE STRIKERS

Wednesday, 19 December 2018 v Brisbane Heat

Gabba, 6:15pm

Sunday, 23 December 2018 v Melbourne Renegades

Adelaide Oval, 6:45pm

Wednesday, 26 December 2018 v Perth Scorchers

Optus Stadium, 4:15pm

Monday, 31 December 2018 v Sydney Thunder

Adelaide Oval, 6:45pm

Thursday, 3 January 2019 v Melbourne Renegades

TBC, 7:15pm

Sunday, 6 January 2019 v Sydney Sixers

Adelaide Oval, 6:45pm

Peter Siddle will again be expected to lead from the front for the Strikers after a superb season in their title run. Picture: AAP
Peter Siddle will again be expected to lead from the front for the Strikers after a superb season in their title run. Picture: AAP

Friday, 11 January 2019 v Melbourne Stars

Adelaide Oval, 6:30pm

Sunday, 13 January 2019 v Sydney Thunder

Spotless Stadium, 2:45pm

Monday, 21 January 2019 v Hobart Hurricanes

Adelaide Oval, 6:45pm

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 v Melbourne Stars

TBC, 2:45pm

Tuesday, 29 January 2019 v Sydney Sixers

SCG, 7:00pm

Thursday, 31 January 2019 v Hobart Hurricanes

UTAS Stadium. 7:40pm

Sunday, 3 February 2019 v Brisbane Heat

Adelaide Oval, 5:45pm

Saturday, 9 February 2019 v Perth Scorchers

Traeger Park, 1:15pm

 

BRISBANE HEAT

Wednesday, December 19 2018 v Adelaide Strikers

The Gabba, 6.15pm

Saturday, December 22 2018 v Hobart Hurricanes

The Gabba, 6pm

Tuesday, January 1 2019 v Sydney Sixers

Metricon Stadium, 1.45pm

Saturday, January 5 2019 v Perth Scorchers

Optus Stadium, 6.30pm

Tuesday, January 8 2019 v Sydney Thunder

Spotless Stadium, 7.15pm

Brisbane Heat WBBL and BBL players (L-R) Sammy-Jo Johnson, Matthew Renshaw, Ben Cutting and Jess Jonassen will play some games at Metricon Stadium this year. Picture: Getty
Brisbane Heat WBBL and BBL players (L-R) Sammy-Jo Johnson, Matthew Renshaw, Ben Cutting and Jess Jonassen will play some games at Metricon Stadium this year. Picture: Getty

Thursday, January 10 2019 v Melbourne Renegades

The Gabba, 6.15pm

Sunday, January 13 2019 v Melbourne Renegades

TBC, 6.35pm

Thursday, January 17 2019 v Sydney Thunder

The Gabba, 6.15pm

Sunday, January 20 2019 v Sydney Sixers

SCG, 7.15pm

Sunday, January 27 2019 v Melbourne Stars

MCG, 7.40pm

Tuesday, January 29 2019 v Hobart Hurricanes

Blundstone Arena, 4pm

Friday, February 1 2019 v Perth Scorchers

The Gabba, 7.40pm

Sunday, February 3 2019 v Adelaide Strikers

Adelaide Oval, 5.45pm

Friday, February 8 2019 v Melbourne Stars

The Gabba, 7.40pm

 

HOBART HURRICANES

Saturday, December 22 2018 v Brisbane Heat

Metricon Stadium, 6.00pm

Monday, December 24 2018 v Melbourne Stars

Blundstone Arena, 3.45pm

Friday, December 28 2018 v Sydney Thunder

Blundstone Arena, 7.15pm

Sunday, December 30, v Perth Scorchers

UTAS Stadium, 7.15pm

Friday, January 4 2019, v Sydne Sixers

Blundstone Arena, 7.15pm

Monday, January 7 2019 v Melbourne Renegades

Marvel Stadium, 7.15pm

Can George Bailey and last year’s runners-up, the Hurricanes, go one better? Picture: Matt Turner.
Can George Bailey and last year’s runners-up, the Hurricanes, go one better? Picture: Matt Turner.

Monday, January 14 2019 v Melbourne Stars

MCG, 7.15pm

Friday, January 18 2019 v Perth Scorchers

Optus Stadium, 6.30pm

Monday, January 21 2019 v Adelaide Strikers

Wednesday January 23 v Sydney Sixers

SCG, 7.15pm

Tuesday, January 29 2019 v Brisbane Heat

Blundstone Arena, 4pm

Thursday, January 31 2019 v Adelaide Strikers

UTAS Stadium, 7.40pm

Thursday, February 7 2019 v Melbourne Renegades

Blundstone Arena, 7.40pm

Saturday, February 9 2019 v Sydney Thunder

TBC, 6.15PM

 

MELBOURNE RENEGADES

Thursday, 20 December 2018 v Perth Scorchers

Marvel Stadium, 7:15PM

Sunday, 23 December 2018 v Adelaide Strikers

Adelaide Oval, 7:15PM

Saturday, 29 December 2018 v Sydney Sixers

Marvel Stadium, 7:00PM

Tuesday, 1 January 2019 v Melbourne Stars

MCG, 7:15PM

Thursday, 3 January 2019 v Adelaide Strikers

TBC, 7:15PM

Monday, 7 January 2019 v Hobart Hurricanes

Marvel Stadium, 7:15PM

Thursday, 10 January 2019 v Brisbane Heat

Gabba, 6:15PM

Sunday, 13 January 2019 v Brisbane Heat

TBC, 6:35PM

Wednesday, 16 January 2019 v Sydney Sixers

SCG, 7:15PM

Saturday, 19 January 2019 v Melbourne Stars

Marvel Stadium, 6:45PM

Tuesday, 22 January 2019 v Sydney Thunder

Spotless Stadium, 7:15PM

Monday, 28 January 2019 v Perth Scorchers

Optus Stadium, 9:15PM

Wednesday, 30 January 2019 v Sydney Thunder

Marvel Stadium, 7.15PM

Thursday, 7 February 2019 v Hobart Hurricanes

Blundstone Arena, 7:40PM

 

Glenn Maxwell smashes a cut shot. Picture. Phil Hillyard
Glenn Maxwell smashes a cut shot. Picture. Phil Hillyard

 

MELBOURNE STARS

 

Friday, 21 December 2018 v Sydney Thunder

TBC, 7:15PM

Monday, 24 December 2018 v Hobart Hurricanes

Blundstone Arena, 3:45PM

Thursday, 27 December 2018 v Sydney Sixers

SCG, 7:15PM

Tuesday, 1 January 2019 v Melbourne Renegades

MCG, 7:15PM

Saturday, 5 January 2019 v Sydney Thunder

Metricon Stadium, 5:15PM

Wednesday, 9 January 2019 v Perth Scorchers

MCG, 7:15PM

Friday, 11 January 2019 v Adelaide Strikers

Adelaide Oval, 7:00PM

The stars will have a very different look this season, with Kevin Pietersen departing. Picture: AAP
The stars will have a very different look this season, with Kevin Pietersen departing. Picture: AAP

Monday, 14 January 2019 v Hobart Hurricanes

MCG, 7:15PM

Saturday, 19 January 2019 v Melbourne Renegades

Marvel Stadium, 6:45PM

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 v Adelaide Strikers

TBC, 2:45PM

Sunday, 27 January 2019 v Brisbane Heat

MCG, 7:40PM

Sunday, 3 February 2019 v Perth Scorchers

Optus Stadium, 9:15PM

Friday, 8 February 2019 v Brisbane Heat

Gabba, 7:40PM

Sunday, 10 February 2019 v Sydney Sixers

MCG, 2:45PM

 

PERTH SCORCHERS

Thursday, December 20 2018 v Melbourne Renegades

Marvel Stadium, 7.15pm

Saturday, December 22 2018 v Sydney Sixers

SCG, 3.30pm

Wednesday, December 26 2018 v Adelaide Strikers
Optus Stadium, 4.15pm

Sunday, December 30 2018 v Hobart Hurricanes

UTAS Stadium, 7.15pm

Wednesday, January 2 2019 v Sydney Thunder

Spotless Stadium, 7.15pm

Saturday, January 5 2019 v Brisbane Heat

Optus Stadium, 6.30pm

Wednesday, January 9 2019 v Melbourne Stars

MCG, 7.15pm

Sunday, January 13 2019 v Sydney Sixers

Optus Stadium, 6.35pm

Friday, January 18 2019 v Hobart Hurricanes

Optus Stadium, 6.30pm

Thursday, January 24 2019 v Sydney Thunder

Optus Stadium, 6.40pm

Monday, January 28 2019 v Melbourne Renegades

Optus Stadium, 6.15pm

Friday, February 1 2019 v Brisbane Heat

The Gabba, 7.40pm

Sunday, February 3 2019 v Melbourne Stars

Optus Stadium, 6.15pm

Saturday, February 9 2019 v Adelaide Strikers

Traeger Park, 1.15pm

 

 

SYDNEY THUNDER

Friday, 21 December 2018 v Melbourne Stars

TBC, 7.15pm

Monday, 24 December v Sydney Sixers

Spotless Stadium, 7.15pm

Friday, 28 December v Hobart Hurricanes

Blundstone Arena, 7.15pm

Monday, 31 December v Adelaide Strikers

Adelaide Oval, 6.45pm

Wednesday, 2 January 2019 v Perth Scorchers

Spotless Stadium, 7.15pm

 

Usman Khawaja pulls off a ramp shot. Picture: Getty
Usman Khawaja pulls off a ramp shot. Picture: Getty

 

Saturday, 5 January v Melbourne Stars

Metricon Stadium, 5.15pm

Tuesday, 8 January v Brisbane Heat

Spotless Stadium, 7.15pm

Sunday, 13 January v Adelaide Strikers

Spotless Stadium, 2.45pm

Thursday, 17 January v Brisbane Heat

Gabba, 6.15pm

Tuesday, 22 January v Melbourne Renegades

Spotless Stadium, 7.15pm

Thursday, 24 January v Perth Scorchers

Optus Stadium, 6.40pm

Saturday, 9 February v Hobart Hurricanes

TBC, 6.15pm

Wednesday, 30 January v Melbourne Renegades

Etihad Stadium, 7.15pm

Saturday, 2 February v Sydney Sixers

SCG, 7pm

 

SYDNEY SIXERS

Saturday, 22 December v Perth Scorchers

SCG, 3.30pm

Monday, 24 December v Sydney Thunder

Spotless Stadium, 7.15pm

Thursday, 27 December v Melbourne Stars

SCG, 7.15pm

Saturday, 29 December v Melbourne Renegades

Marvel Stadium, 7pm

Tuesday, 1 January v Brisbane Heat

Metricon Stadium, 1.45pm

Friday, 4 January v Hobart Hurricanes

Blundstone Arena, 7.15pm

Sunday, 6 January v Adelaide Strikers

Adelaide Oval, 6.45pm

Sunday, 13 January v Perth Scorchers

Perth Stadium, 6.35pm

Wednesday, 16 January v Melbourne Renegades

SCG, 7.15pm

Sunday, 20 January v Brisbane Heat

SCG, 7.15pm

Wednesday, 23 January v Hobart Hurricanes

SCG, 7.15pm

Tuesday, 29 January v Adelaide Strikers

SCG, 7pm

Saturday, 2 February v Sydney Thunder

SCG, 7pm

Sunday, 10 February v Melbourne Stars

MCG, 2.45pm



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