The Sydney Sixers, Sydney Thunder, and Brisbane Heat will host matches in week one of the KFC BBL |10 Finals series with the schedule for matches on January 29, 30, and 31 revealed.
The Perth Scorchers and Adelaide Strikers will join them in the Finals series after also finishing in the top five positions on the KFC BBL|10 ladder.
The first three KFC BBL|10 Finals series matches are:
Friday, January 29: ‘The Eliminator’, Brisbane Heat v Adelaide Strikers, the Gabba, 6:15pm AEST / 7:15pm AEDT
Saturday, January 30: ‘The Qualifier’, Sydney Sixers v Perth Scorchers, Manuka Oval, 7:15pm AEDT
Sunday, January 31: ‘The Knockout’, Sydney Thunder v winner of The Eliminator, Manuka Oval, 7:15pm AEDT
The winner of The Qualifier will earn the right to host the KFC BBL|10 Final on Saturday, February 6.
The loser of The Qualifier will receive a second chance to make the Final, taking on the winner of The Knockout on Thursday, February 4. This match is known as The Challenger.
All Finals matches will be broadcast live on Seven, Foxtel, Kayo and SEN Radio.
Manuka Oval has been nominated by the Sixers and Thunder as the venue for their home finals this weekend due to the limitations around travel for teams in and out of Sydney due to current state border restrictions. This decision gives fans of both Sydney-based clubs the best chance to attend and see their teams live.
Decisions regarding the locations for matches in week two of the KFC BBL|10 Finals series will be made in due course.
Alistair Dobson, Cricket Australia’s Head of Big Bash Leagues, said:
“The KFC BBL|10 Finals series is the crescendo of an extraordinary summer of Big Bash, with 115 matches (56 KFC BBL|10 to date and 59 rebel WBBL|06 matches) played so far across seven states and territories.
“Our thanks once again go out to all state and territory governments, our KFC BBL clubs and their players and staff, broadcast partners Seven, Foxtel, Kayo and SEN, commercial partners KFC, BKT, Toyota, Sanitarium, Rexona and all club partners and venues who has made this season possible. We also acknowledge the work of our own staff in getting us to the Finals, particularly the medical and biosecurity staff who have safely navigated us through the challenges of the current health situation. We look forward to a big Finals series beginning Friday night.”