The Rebel Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) has continued to break records in its fourth season.
The latest season saw 135,861 fans attend match across the 59-game season with an average of 2,384 fans turning out per match.
One of the highlights of the season came in the final between the Sydney Sixers and Brisbane Heat with a sell-out crowd of 5,368 witnessing the first ever standalone WBBL Final.
The stand-alone attendance record for the WBBL was broken when 5,650 fans showed up to watch the Heat play the Adelaide Strikers at Harrup Park, Mackay, while an attendance record was broken, during a double-header at Optus Stadium with 14,983 fans watching the Perth Scorchers against the Heat.
"The Rebel WBBL continues to go from strength to strength this season and it has been fantastic to see the League be so successful once again as it continues to cement itself as one of the best competitions in the world," Head of Big Bash, Kim McConnie said.
“The success of WBBL|04 clearly reinforces that the women’s competition deserves a standalone window and its own platform away from the men’s competition.
“We can now look ahead with confidence to our first ever standalone season which will commence later this year with WBBL|05."
Looking to the players, Sixers all-rounder and captain, Ellyse Perry was named Player of the Tournament after producing a record-breaking season with the bat.
The 28-year-old amassed 777 runs at an incredible average of 86.33 which broke the previous record held by Perth Scorchers captain, Meg Lanning (560) for most runs in a WBBL season.
Heat big-hitter Grace Harris also set a new league record for the fastest century, scoring her ton off just 42 balls.
The competition continued to be popular with TV audiences, averaging 212,000 viewers across Seven and Fox Cricket during the season with the final becoming the most watched WBBL game ever with a combined average audience of 479,000, peaking at 812,000.