Same-sex marriage is not uncommon nowadays. Some of the leading women cricketers have also supported same-sex marriage by themselves getting married to a person of the same gender. Let’s look at some of the same-sex marriages in the world of women’s cricket.
1. Alex Blackwell and Lynsey Askew
Australia’s Alex Blackwell married England’s Lynsey Askew in 2015 after dating for eight years. The duo got married in England. In 2013, Blackwell came out in public to admit that she is a lesbian. On the cricketing front, both Blackwell and Askew represented their respective countries. While Blackwell featured for Australia in 252 international matches, Askew had 14 international appearances to her name. Blackwell also led Australia on a couple of occasions.
2. Lea Tahuhu and Amy Satterthwaite
New Zealand’s Amy Satterthwaite and Lea Tahuhu tied the knot in 2017 and since then have been going strong in their personal relationship. While Satterthwaite is a prolific left-handed batter, Tahuhu is an ace right arm speedster. They also have a daughter named Grace Marie Satterthwaite. The southpaw delivered her on January 13, 2020.
3. Dane van Niekerk and Marizanne Kapp
South Africa’s captain Dane van Niekerk and star all-rounder Marizanne Kapp entered the wedlock in 2018 after dating for several years. While van Niekerk is a right-handed batter and a right arm leg spinner, who has featured in close to 200 international matches, Kapp is a right-handed batter and a right arm seamer, who has represented the Proteas in more than 200 international matches. Both of them made their international debut in 2009.
4. Megan Schutt and Jess Holyoake
Australia’s pace sensation Megan Schutt married Jess Holyoake in 2019 after dating each other for a long time. Schutt has been an integral part of the Australian team since her international debut in 2012. She has played more than 150 international matches. On the other hand, Holyoake is not a cricketer. She worked as a facilities manager for Cricket Australia. The couple was blessed with a baby girl named Rylee Loiuse Schutt in August 2021.
5. Jess Jonassen and Sarah Wearn
Australia’s Jess Jonassen proposed to Sarah Wearn, who does not belong to the cricketing fraternity, in 2018. The left-arm spinner, Jess Jonassen is one of the premium spinners of Australia with more than 175 international matches under her belt.
6. Natalie Sciver and Katherine Brunt
Star England all-rounders Natalie Sciver and Katherine Brunt got married on May 29, 2022 after being in a relationship for close to five years. Sciver and Brunt got engaged in October 2019. The original plan was to get engaged on New Year’s eve in 2018. Just like their engagement, their wedding was also postponed. Due to COVID-19, they had to push their wedding plan, which was scheduled for September 2020. They form a pivotal part of the England team and were the architects of England’s win in the 2017 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup.
7. Lizelle Lee and Tanja Cronje
South Africa’s Lizelle Lee and Tanja Cronje got married in September 2020. While Lee is an international cricketer, Cronje plays provincial cricket in South Africa for the North West. Lee has been a part of the Proteas set up since 2013 and has featured in 183 international matches.
8. Lauren Winfield-Hill and Courtney Hill
England’s Lauren-Winfield Hill married Courtney Hill in March 2020. Lauren Winfield-Hill is an England international cricketer with 100 international appearances while Courtney Hill is a domestic cricketer in Australia, who played for Brisbane Heat in the WBBL and Queensland in the WNCL before making the switch to playing rugby. They were teammates in the Brisbane Heat.
9. Hayley Jensen and Nicola Hancock
In a first trans-Tasman cricketing union of its kind, New Zealand’s Hayley Jensen and Australia’s Nicola Hancock tied the knot with each other in April 2019. Both these players play for Australian Capital Territory in the Women’s National Cricket League, a domestic 50-over competition in Australia. Jensen also plays international cricket for the White Ferns and has featured in 70 international matches.
10. Liz Perry and Maddy Green
New Zealand cricketers Maddy Green and Liz Perry got married in April 2019. While Green is a current international player, Perry is a former international player. Green, who made her debut in 2012 has played more than 100 international fixtures, Perry has close to 60 international matches under her belt with the last being in 2017.
11. Rachael Haynes and Leah Poulton
Australian cricketers Rachael Haynes and Leah Poulton have been together since a long time. The couple also have a baby named Hugo Poulton Haynes together who was born in October 2021. Both the players have played international cricket for Australia. While Haynes continues to play, Poulton played her last in 2012.
12. Elyse Villani and Nicole Bolton
Australian cricketers Elyse Villani and Nicole Bolton were together before they split in 2018. Villani was a part of the Australian team from 2009 to 2019 while Bolton played for Australia between 2014 and 2019.
I am a former cricketer having represented Mumbai University at All India University level. I was a part of MCA probables for the U-19 and U-23 age group. I have been an avid cricket writer for the last five years. Currently I am pursuing my Ph.D from IIT Bombay.