Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Mooney Dreams of a Bigger Stage for Female Cricketers

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Mooney Dreams of a Bigger Stage for Female Cricketers

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MATTHEW MCINERNEY

SPORTS EDITOR

matthew.mcinerney@frasercoastchronicle.com.au

THERE are three main things cricketer Beth Mooney wants to see in the next three years of her career.

"Three years from now?" the Hervey Bay product responded.

"Um, it's hard to answer. If you asked me five years ago (where I'd see myself and the game) it wouldn't be as it is now."

Two of those things - increased pay for domestic players and wider exposure for women's cricket - have taken time, but the Women's Big Bash League has accelerated the process for the likes of Mooney and her Queensland teammates Jemma Barsby and Grace Harris.

The base rate for Australia's best female cricketers is now $80,000. That figure combines Southern Stars and WBBL duties, but can exceed six figures when match payments and tour fees are included.

Australia's best domestic cricketers will earn $26,000.

"Hopefully we'll see the domestic players getting paid more so they can

be full-time, and we'd

love to see a lot more newspapers and media covering the sport,"

Mooney said.

The inaugural WBBL in 2015-16 was a major step forward in terms of gender equality in the sporting arena.

It replaced the Women's National Cricket League Twenty20 Cup, and better-aligned female players with their male counterparts who had already played in four editions of the enormously popular, franchise-based

Big Bash League.

Only 10 WBBL games were broadcast live on free-to-air (three on TEN, the other seven on ONE) last season, that number will increase to 12 for the 2016-17 WBBL.

Mooney's wish for wider exposure was granted by Cricket Australia, which decided to stream all non-television games through its website, Cricket Australia Live app, and Facebook.

Every fan, regardless of where they are, will be able to watch as Mooney, Southern Stars Holly Ferling and Jess Jonassen, are joined by Indian prodigy Smitri Mandhana and West Indian star Deandra Dottin in leading the Brisbane Heat to the crown. …

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