Monday, December 5, 2022

NZC: Women’s club cricket returns to Dunedin!

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Built by the players, for the players – that is the mantra of Dunedin’s newly created women’s club cricket competition.

Led by Otago Cricket Association Development Officer, Sophie Gray, and Competitions Manager, Nic Kittelty, the aim of creating this competition was simple.

“There has been a gap in the female pathway for a long time here in Dunedin, and we thought it was time to try and change that,” said Gray.

In order to create a competition that the female cricketers wanted to play in, Gray & Kittelty sought feedback from players, coaches and other volunteers.

“We needed to ensure the competition was desirable for the players, but also made sense to our coaches and volunteers too.”

“Our hope is that this ensures sustainability, so that girls continue to have a place to play for years to come.”

Set to kick off this weekend, the ‘Dunedin Female League’ will have a different look and feel to competitions of the past.

There will be four teams in Division 1, each with a brand new brightly coloured playing top and a new team name (Fire, Lightning, Storm, and Thunder).

Teams will play T20 and 50 over matches, all with white balls, in coloured clothing.

It is also expected that Otago Sparks squad members will feature in the competition in quiet points of the domestic women’s season.

Competitions Manager Nic Kittelty recognised the support of the OCA, volunteers and past players.

“The support of Otago Cricket, Dunedin Cricket Sub-Committee, volunteers, and the players over the last 8-12 months has been immense,” said Kittelty.

“The support of these groups and of players has been vital. It’s incredibly pleasing to see so many Women and Girls return to the game.”

Steve Martin, GM of Performance, was delighted at the launch of this exciting new competition.

“This competition will provide a key entry point and a pathway for aspiring female cricketers, as well as offering more playing opportunities for existing players,” said Martin.

“One of the challenges in the past has been getting sufficient game time for our female players.”

“This is an exciting initiative and will be a valuable addition our female programmes.”

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