Women’s cricket on show at Bay Oval

The Bay Oval will host girls’ and women’s cricket games on Wednesday. File photo.

The two spectrums of the women’s cricket pathway will be on show at the Bay Oval at Mount Maunganui this Wednesday.

A myriad of colour and plenty of laughter will emanate from the Bay Oval, with the staging of the sixth annual Trillian Trust Rainbow Cup for primary schoolgirls.

The Rainbow Cup, where many of the teams dress up in different colours reflecting the rainbow, is the culmination of the GoGirl Cricket program delivered by Bay of Plenty Cricket in Bay Schools, during term four and term one of the school year.

Thirty-one girls’ eight-aside teams have registered to participate. The GoGirl program is aimed at Year 4-6 girls, to draw the youngsters to the game by way of a standalone girls’ introduction program.

At 2pm on Wednesday, the scene will change when the New Zealand White Ferns square off with West Indies Woman, in game one of a two-match International Woman’s Twenty 20 series on the Bay Oval.

There will be no better example of the NZ Cricket women and girls pathway, than the appearance at the Bay Oval next week of White Fern Anna Peterson, who learnt her cricket craft in the Western Bay of Plenty.

Anna progressed through the Bay of Plenty Girls under 15 and Secondary Schoolgirl sides to ND age-group ranks, before making her Northern Districts Women’s debut. During March 2012, Anna was selected for the New Zealand White Ferns and made her debut in an international women’s game against England.

The talented all-rounder who has posted 200 ODI runs and taken 16 wickets, grabbed the sporting headlines in February 2017, when she took a rare as hen’s teeth hat-trick against Australian Women in a women’s international T20 game.

The second White Ferns verses West Indies Women, scheduled for a 7pm start at the Bay Oval on Friday, will attract a worldwide audience with the match being televised live on Sky Television.

White Ferns v West Indies Women – International Twenty 20

Wednesday March 14            Game One – 2pm start

Friday March 16                     Game Two – 7pm start

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