Snap Lockdown in Hobart Creates Uncertainty over WBBL, Marsh Cup Goes Ahead after Delay

City is scheduled to host four WBBL matches over the weekend

The WBBL is in a state of flux following news that the city of Hobart, which is set to host four matches over the weekend, will go into a snap three-day lockdown from 6pm on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Marsh Cup clash between Western Australia and Tasmania in Perth has gone ahead following an hour delay with the Tasmania squad undergoing Covid-19 tests after four players had flown in directly from Hobart to join the rest who had travelled from South Australia.

WBBL up in the air after snap three-day lockdown in Hobart  Getty Images

The WBBL is in a state of flux following news that the city of Hobart, which is set to host four matches over the weekend, will go into a snap three-day lockdown from 6pm on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Marsh Cup clash between Western Australia and Tasmania in Perth has gone ahead following an hour delay with the Tasmania squad undergoing Covid-19 tests after four players had flown in directly from Hobart to join the rest who had travelled from South Australia.

Seven of the eight WBBL teams are currently in Tasmania after the tournament got underway on Thursday. Perth Scorchers announced on Friday that they will delay their travel by 24 hours with their first match scheduled for Sunday in Hobart. This, however, a response to the scarcity of training facilities in Hobart given seven other teams were already there.

The first 20 matches of the WBBL are scheduled to be played in Tasmania and the tournament is then scheduled to shift to Adelaide, Perth and Mackay in Queensland. But there is no word yet on any potential schedule changes following the news of the snap lockdown with the WBBL releasing a statement on Friday afternoon.

“We are currently working with the Tasmanian Government on options for the upcoming Weber WBBL 07 matches at Blundstone Arena, Hobart this weekend,” the statement said.

“All players, staff and match officials in Tasmania for the Weber WBBL have received Covid-19 vaccinations and received the required negative Covid-19 test results. All are currently participating in training at Blundstone Arena or at team hotels.

“The League will provide further updates in due course.”

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