- National Teams
Essex Rebels claimed a thrilling victory in WBBL action in mark of International Women’s Day in front of a league record home crowd of 1505.
It was the third time the attendance figure had been broken this season after Leicester Riders recently surpassed the bar set by Newcastle Eagles.
Essex defeated Leicester 73-71 in a dramatic encounter in what was their first home game since the departure of long-serving head coach Tom Sadler.
Megan Haines sunk a pair of clutch free throws to edge the Rebels ahead in the final minute before the visiting Riders missed four in a row of their own to fall to a costly defeat.
Krumesh Patel’s Cup runners-up drop to 12-2 with a blow to their title hopes with London Lions poised to take advantage with their 11-1 record in second.
The record crowds for WBBL games are from finals at neutral venues, but the Rebels now hold top spot for home attendances.
Essex Rebels – 1505 (v Leicester – 11 March, 2023)
Leicester Riders – 1312 (v Sevenoaks – 4 March, 2023)
Newcastle Eagles – 1303 (v Leicester – 14 January, 2023)
Newcastle Eagles – 1122 (v Caledonia – 25 March, 2022)