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Like a Big Bash League match, this junior fiction series is explosive, entertaining and action-packed!

Like a Big Bash League match, this junior fiction series is explosive, entertaining and action-packed!
Star batter and die-hard Melbourne Renegades fan Barney is pumped that his school team is going to play in the first-ever T20 Blast School Cup! The competition is nearly full, with just one spot remaining. Then Barney meets Fifi – a Melbourne Stars supporter who is desperate to be part of the action. Problem is, her school doesn't have a cricket team . . .

So when word spreads that the final school has signed up, Barney is shocked to discover that it's led by none other than Fifi. To make matters worse, her team blitzes the opposition in their opening game. It seems a spy mission is in order!

Will the truth come out before Barney and Fifi’s teams collide in the grand final?


Middle to older primary aged readers of both sexes will readily identify with the characters in each of these novels and would enjoy the vicarious challenges and victories which these well-plotted, highly credible sports fiction books deliver.

Russ Merrin, Magpies Magazine

With the cricket season well under way and the very popular Big Bash League looming, this is a series that will appeal to all fans of the format, both boys and girls. Written for independent readers, each book includes tips about the focus skill - batting, all-rounder, fielding and bowling as well as a profile of the two teams. Double Delivery even has instructions for Dice Cricket that can be played when you can't get outdoors. A great series for those who love their sport and demand to read about it.

Barbara Braxton, The Bottom Shelf blog

With decent-sized typeface, chapter headings and illustrations, these stories are easy-to-read and fast-paced, and offer good reading especially to reluctant readers, both boys and girls.

Di Bates, Buzz Words Books

The Big Bash League books are fast paced and fun to read, the characters are realistic and diverse, and the plot has enough developments to keep readers enthralled. Author Michael Panckridge clearly knows and loves his cricket!

Jane O’Connell, CBCA Reading Time

Cricket is not my thing but these books are Fabulous – yes, with a capital ‘F’! Incorporating both Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) and the men’s BBL, these stories draw you in with the passion of the characters (both male and female), the effort to overcome adversity and the suspense of the final match.

Katie Bingham, CBCA Reading Time

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    October 31, 2016

    Random House Australia Children's

    160 pages

    RRP $17.99

    Online retailers

    • Fishpond
    • Mighty Ape
    • Paper Plus
    • The Warehouse
    • Whitcoulls
    • The Nile

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  • EBook


    October 31, 2016

    RHA eBooks Child

    160 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks NZ
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Google Play
    • Kobo
    • Booktopia NZ

    Find your local bookstore at www.booksellers.co.nz/directory

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Big Bash League 6: Championship Dash
Big Bash League 5: Academy Smash
Big Bash League 7: Representative Clash
Big Bash League 8: Carnival Splash
Big Bash League 2: Captains' Clash
Big Bash League 3: Double Delivery
Big Bash League 4: Bowling Blitz


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The Royal Academy of Sport for Girls 1: High Flyers
The Story Of Tom Brennan
Swallows and Amazons
Ball Stars 3: Reppin' It
Sporty Kids: Little Athletics!
Ellyse Perry 3: Winning Touch
The Dh (The Triple Threat, 3)
Football High 3: Face-Off
Netball Gems 7: Go with the Flow
Mvp #2 The Soccer Surprise
Netball Gems 6: Keeping it Real
Meet... Don Bradman
Heart Of A Champion
Glenn Maxwell 1 & 2 Bindup
Ellie’s Magical Bakery: A Royal Tea for Royalty
Billy Slater 3: Show and Go
Speed Freak