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BBL11: Perth Scorchers home opener locked in, second game moved to Sydney due to border restrictions


Perth’s season-opening Big Bash League clash against Brisbane Heat at Optus Stadium has been locked in for December 8, but their next home fixture will be moved.

The Scorchers were originally set to play consecutive home games to start the season but game two against Adelaide Strikers on December 11 has since been moved to Sydney Showgrounds because of WA’s coronavirus border restrictions.

Last year’s grand finalists will then return to Perth to take on Hobart Hurricanes on December 20.

Both the December 8 and 20 matches will be played under strict quarantine conditions.


Tickets for both matches go on sale from 10am.

Camera IconJhye Richardson. Credit: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

“Sydney Showground Stadium was the only alternate BBL-spec venue available for the match,” Cricket Australia said in a statement.

“Matches on December 8 and 20 in Perth will be played under strict quarantine conditions. This has allowed the Scorchers’ entry to and from NSW to be undertaken, as it is classified as a high risk jurisdiction by Western Australia.


“Additionally, the Heat will be able to enter Western Australia for its match after playing in the ACT, due to its classification as medium risk.”

The rest of the Scorchers’ fixtures are yet to be finalised.

“We are working closely with WA Police and the State Government on a regular basis to make sure we can secure as many BBL games as possible for our members and fans, whilst prioritising the health and safety of all West Australians,” WA Cricket CEO Christina Matthews said.

Josh Inglis of the Scorchers bats during the Big Bash League last season.
Camera IconJosh Inglis of the Scorchers bats during the Big Bash League last season. Credit: Stefan Gosatti/Getty Images

“At this stage we have managed to keep two of our first three home games and we will confirm the next block of home games closer to the time as the COVID situation around the country is constantly changing.

“We know how important our home game fixtures are to them and to our team so we will do everything we can to make sure we can secure as many as possible.”

More to come.

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