Five of Auckland’s Under-19 female cricketers will receive a visit from the New Zealand Police later this season – but it will be a welcome one.
Eighteen players have been selected for the first-ever New Zealand Under-19 Women’s side, set to play a New Zealand Police Women’s XI and a New Zealand Provincial Women’s XI in February, March and April.
This includes five Auckland representatives and four from last month’s National Championship-winning side – Izzy Gaze, Amie Hucker, Breearne Illing, Emma Irwin and Fran Jonas.
“This is a great opportunity for our young, female cricketers to shine on a bigger stage,” said Head of Women’s High Performance, Ant Sharp.
“The U19s 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,” he said.
The NZ U19 Women’s side 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,” said Carswell.
“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,” she said.
New Zealand Police Women’s XI Manager, Glenn Dawson, said this was the first Women’s side the Police had selected.
“We are stoked to be getting some cricket, given our inter-services tournament was cancelled this year due to Covid-19,” said Dawson.
“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.”
New Zealand Under-19 Women
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
New Zealand Under-19 Women’s Fixtures
Feb 15, 16, 17: v New Zealand Police (3 x 40 over matches), Christchurch.
Mar 29, 30, April 1: v New Zealand Provincial XI (3 x 50 over matches), Hamilton.