As The Unlikely Cricket Mum raising one great cricketer (who happens to be a girl) and one mad cricket fan (who also happens to be a girl) I have been excited for this upcoming ICC Women’s T20 Cricket World Cup for a year since I found out that it would be played right here in Australia! We will be following the scores and news on the official app and have bought our tickets for the games we can attend.
Even though there will be six matches – one game and two double headers during the regular rounds and the Grand Final held right here in Melbourne, I am only able to make one of those double headers and the Grand Final in person. I will be wagging work with Clover wagging school to be there for the double header as it is a Monday! We are even bringing an American expat friend to grow the fan base!
Also, I am absolutely telling everyone I can to #FillTheMCG on International Women’s Day for the Grand Final as it is a Sunday (the 8th of March), going to be an AMAZING game and tickets are totally affordable. You can get tickets at T20WORLDCUP.com (or through your cricket club if they are participating in the ticketing activation), but what if you live in a different city or if you actually want to see all the games?
I had to do some digging, but here is how you can watch the games on TV or your mobile device.
First, free to air: Only the 4 Australian games plus the semi finals and grand final will be shown live on free to air TV. Channel 9/9Gem will be hosting these. Now here is the most important thing to note, there will be NO REPLAYS on free to air TV, so if you can’t be watching these live, set your DVR to record them or you will miss out!
You do have more paid options: You have two options to watch the games on paid services. The first is Foxtel on your TV with their Fox Cricket channel and online with Foxtel Now. This option will give you all 23 games as well as replays. We don’t have a paid TV service, so this is not something available for me.
The second paid option is Kayo Sports which will give you the same option of seeing all 23 matches and replays. You also get the great commentary of Mel Jones. The best part is that there is a 14 day free trial for Kayo Sports. Just don’t forget that the series is 16 days all up, so don’t get caught out if you are thinking that the trial covers the whole time this series is played! If you do pay for a month, it is only $25 which is the cost of one adult and one child to attend just one game in person, so not a bad deal for all 23 matches and replay options.
I hope this helps as I understand that it is impossible to get to all the games in person and that you might want to actually see the other teams play! Since I have already paid for quite a few tickets, I think I will just have to record the games on Channel 9 and watch the highlights on the app.