Sydney Sixers all-rounder Angela Reakes says the ACT's new first grade competition will take women's cricket in Canberra to the next level.
Reakes is coming off smashing the winning runs in the Sixers' WBBL|07 opener against the Melbourne Stars in Tasmania on Thursday night.
Now the ACT Meteors captain hopes a revamped first grade competition for women plying their trade in the Canberra region will open the door for more to follow in her footsteps.
"All the WBBL teams, the younger girls in each squad, they are very strong, quite professional. They've had a few years within a program, and hopefully, that is where we can take it in the ACT," Reakes said.
Reakes says the biggest boon for female cricketers will be the opportunity to stay in Canberra instead of having to travel interstate to play first grade.
Many among the Meteors squad have had to travel to Sydney in recent years to play a higher standard of cricket but Cricket ACT has made moves to keep their best talent at home.
All eight local premier clubs in Canberra are locked in for a new competition which will feature four combined teams made up of Weston Creek/Tuggeranong, Eastlake/Queanbeyan, Ginninderra/North-Canberra Gungahlin and Western District/ANU. A second division will feature beneath it.
"I think the biggest thing is the girls won't have to travel so much going to Victoria and Sydney all the time," Reakes said.
"Get up, have breakfast at home, go to sleep at night in your own bed. I think that is a massive plus. It is going to be superb."
The competition is set to start at the culmination of the WBBL season in late November, with teams to compete in both 50-over and Twenty20 matches throughout the season.
Reakes' Sixers started the WBBL season with a bang, with Alyssa Healy spearheading a six-wicket win over the Stars in Hobart.
Rain reduced the match to 11 overs a side. Healy hit 57 from 27 as the Sixers chased down the 100-run target with four balls to spare.
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