Over the next couple of months, there will be some cricketing action in the world of women’s cricket, courtesy of New Zealand cricket. New Zealand women’s U-19 will play six matches, three against New Zealand Police and three against New Zealand Provincial XI. Here is the schedule of the matches:
|Feb 15, 2021||40-over match||New Zealand Police||Christchurch|
|Feb 16, 2021||40-over match||New Zealand Police||Christchurch|
|Feb 17, 2021||40-over match||New Zealand Police||Christchurch|
|Mar 29, 2021||50-over match||New Zealand Provincial XI||Hamilton|
|Mar 30, 2021||50-over match||New Zealand Provincial XI||Hamilton|
|Apr 1, 2021||50-over match||New Zealand Provincial XI||Hamilton|
A total of 18 players have been selected for the New Zealand women’s U-19 team.
New Zealand under-19 women’s squad: Gemma Adams (Otago), Melissa Banks (Canterbury), Lucy Boucher (Northern Districts), Natasha Codyre (Wellington), Olivia Gain (Otago), Isabella Gaze (Auckland), Abigale Gerken (Canterbury), Georgina Harris (Northern Districts), Amie Hucker (Auckland), Bree Illing (Auckland), Emma Irwin (Auckland), Fran Jonas (Auckland), Kayley Knight (Northern Districts), Molly Loe (Otago), Nensi Patel (Northern Districts), Cate Pedersen (Central Districts), Georgia Plimmer (Wellington), Makayla Templeton (Northern Districts).
“This is a great opportunity for our young, female cricketers to shine on a bigger stage. The u-19s represent the next level of up-and-coming players in the country, with several having already played domestic cricket. With the ICC under-19 Women’s World Cup postponed due to Covid-19, we still want to provide some competitive fixtures for this group as they represent an important part of our talent pathway,” said NZ Cricket’s Head of Women’s High Performance, Ant Sharp.
The team will be coached by High-Performance Sport New Zealand Residency Coach, Kari Carswell. “I’m excited to get into camp with the squad and help develop their cricket skills. For me, the result of these matches isn’t the most important thing. We want to develop their skills and start to create future White Ferns. It was tough to narrow down the squad to just 18 names with the level of talent we see coming through in the female game,” Carswell said.
“We are stoked to be getting some cricket, given our inter-services tournament was canceled this year due to Covid-19. We also see this as a great opportunity for the Under-19s to speak with our players about how they have juggled a sporting career along with a police career, such as current White Fern Katie Perkins and former White Fern Erin Bermingham, who is also our captain for the matches,” said New Zealand Police women’s XI Manager, Glenn Dawson.
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