The Heat, which stormed through last year’s KFC Big Bash League to reach the semi-finals of BBL|06, will base themselves on the Sunshine Coast for their pre-tournament camp for the second year in a row.
Practice matches will again be held at Maroochydore Cricket Club’s home at John Blanck Oval at Elizabeth Daniels Park, Buderim.
Last year’s ‘Sunshine Coast Smash' featured the Heat and the Hobart Hurricanes in two sold-out games.
Heat stars like Brendon McCullum, Ben Cutting, Joe Burns and Mitch Swepson are set to lock horns with Renegades trumps like Aaron Finch and Dwayne Bravo in the practice games on Friday December 15 and Saturday December 16.
Brisbane Heat General Manager Andrew McShea said the response to last year’s ‘Smash’ had been fantastic.
“The Sunshine Coast community really got behind the whole event and we felt that the Sunshine Coast Smash did everything we set out to achieve,’’ he said.
“The on-going support of the Sunshine Coast Council and Mayor Mark Jamieson was a key driver for us to come back. We’re very pleased the Melbourne Renegades can join us for the series and we look forward to promoting BBL|07 and WBBL|03 to our all fans.”
Tickets for the event will be $10 and $5 with proceeds going to assist local cricket.
As well as the Heat, representatives from the WBBL Heat will be in attendance while fans will have the opportunity to experience the latest Heat VR powered by CUA experience, including the brand new Augmented Reality Walk that allows fans to interact with six of the biggest moments in the Heat’s history.
Mayor Mark Jamieson welcomed the return of the Heat to the Sunshine Coast for the second straight year and the first appearance in the region by the Renegades.
“There were thousands of Sunshine Coast cricket lovers who really appreciated the chance to see top-line cricket in their own backyard in the Sunshine Coast Smash last year and I’m sure that will be the case again in December,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“Both teams will be full of names well known to followers of the Big Bash League and they’ll provide the type of exciting entertainment the competition has become renowned for.
“It’s become a highlight of the summer.
“I’m sure the tickets will be eagerly snapped up which will provide a financial boost for grassroots cricket here on our Sunshine Coast.”
Melbourne Renegades CEO Stuart Coventry welcomed the opportunity for the Renegades to play pre-tournament games on the Sunshine Coast.
“It’s important to make a strong start to the BBL and the Sunshine Coast Smash will give our squad an excellent opportunity to come together and prepare to perform at our best in BBL|07,’’ he said.
“The conditions and the support of the local community will no doubt reinforce that the BBL is all about the fans. The Renegades look forward to joining with Brisbane to help promote both the BBL and the WBBL and deliver a winning outcome for the grassroots of our game,” Coventry said.
Tickets for the 'Sunshine Coast Smash' will be on sale from late October at a date to be announced.