Wellington Blaze

The Wellington Blaze is the women's representative cricket team for the New Zealand city of Wellington. They play their home games at Basin Reserve. They compete in the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield one-day competition and the Women's Super Smash Twenty20 competition. They are the most successful side in the history of the Super Smash, with seven title wins, as well as being the current holders.

Wellington Blaze
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Personnel
CaptainMaddy Green
CoachLance Dry
Team information
ColoursKKR
FoundedFirst recorded match: 1934
Home groundBasin Reserve, Wellington
Secondary home ground(s)Karori Park, Wellington
History
First-class debutAuckland
in 1936
at Eden Park, Auckland
HBJS wins17 (including 1 shared)
SS wins7
Official websiteCricket Wellington

HistoryEdit

Wellington played in the first Hallyburton Johnstone Shield in 1935–36, in which they beat Auckland to claim the title.[1] They subsequently defended the title over the next two seasons, before losing it to Auckland in 1939–40.[2][3][4]

Wellington went on the win the Shield (under various names) 17 times. They had periods of dominance in the 1950s, where they won the title five times, and in the 1970s, where they won the title a further five times.[5][6] Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Canterbury dominated the competition, winning the title 20 out of 21 times, but Wellington were the side to break their streak, topping the points table in 1989–90 with three wins from four matches.[6][7] The last time Wellington won the one-day competition was in 2003–04, when they shared the trophy with Canterbury after the final was rained-off.[8] They have lost in the final seven times since then, including three times in a row between 2008–09 and 2010–11.[9]

Wellington have also played in the Super Smash since its inaugural season in 2008–09, and are the most successful side in the history of the competition, with six title wins. They won the title in 2008–09, 2012–13, 2014–15 and three times in a row in 2017–18, 2018–19 and 2019–20.[10] In 2020–21, they lost in the final to Canterbury by 4 wickets, despite a hat-trick from Wellington bowler Amelia Kerr, and Wellington batter Sophie Devine ending the season as the tournament's leading run-scorer.[11][12] They regained their title in 2021–22, however, going unbeaten in the group stage before beating Otago Sparks in the final by 75 runs.[13][14]

GroundsEdit

Wellington's primary home ground from their first match in 1937 until the 1950s was Basin Reserve, and they began using the ground consistently again from 2014. In between these periods, Wellington used grounds such as Kilbirnie Park in Wellington, Te Whiti Park in Lower Hutt and Petone Recreation Ground, also in Lower Hutt.[5][9][10]

From the 2000s, Wellington began using Karori Park, Wellington, as well as Trentham Memorial Park, Upper Hutt. In 2021–22, they played most of their matches at Basin Reserve, as well as two at Karori Park.[9][10]

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

Based on squad for the 2021–22 season. Players in bold have international caps.[15]

No. Name Nationality Birth date Batting style Bowling style Notes
Batters
18 Georgia Plimmer   New Zealand (2004-02-08) 8 February 2004 (age 18) Right-handed Right-arm medium
25 Maddy Green   New Zealand (1992-10-20) 20 October 1992 (age 29) Right-handed Right-arm off break Captain
28 Caitlin King   New Zealand (1996-09-05) 5 September 1996 (age 26) Right-handed Right arm medium
30 Rebecca Burns   New Zealand (1994-09-30) 30 September 1994 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm off break
All-rounders
17 Thamsyn Newton   New Zealand (1995-06-03) 3 June 1995 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm medium
48 Amelia Kerr   New Zealand (2000-10-13) 13 October 2000 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm leg break
62 Leigh Kasperek   New Zealand (1992-02-15) 15 February 1992 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm off break
77 Sophie Devine   New Zealand (1989-09-01) 1 September 1989 (age 33) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Olivia Boivin   New Zealand (1999-04-18) 18 April 1999 (age 23) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Wicket-keepers
5 Jess McFadyen   New Zealand (1991-10-05) 5 October 1991 (age 30) Right-handed
Bowlers
2 Maneka Singh   New Zealand (1996-02-18) 18 February 1996 (age 26) Right-handed Left-arm medium
7 Deanna Doughty   New Zealand (1993-12-07) 7 December 1993 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm leg break
12 Xara Jetly   New Zealand (2001-08-29) 29 August 2001 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm off break
19 Kate Chandler   New Zealand (2006-11-02) 2 November 2006 (age 15) Right-handed Right-arm leg break
21 Beth Molony   New Zealand (2000-10-31) 31 October 2000 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm medium
24 Jess Kerr   New Zealand (1998-01-18) 18 January 1998 (age 24) Right-handed Right arm medium
Natasha Codyre   New Zealand (2003-10-29) 29 October 2003 (age 18) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Rose Fenton   New Zealand (1999-03-03) 3 March 1999 (age 23) Right-handed Right-arm medium

Notable playersEdit

Players who have played for Wellington and played internationally are listed below, in order of first international appearance (given in brackets):[16]

Coaching staffEdit

HonoursEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Hallyburton Johnstone Challenge Shield 1935–36". CricketArchive. Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Hallyburton Johnstone Challenge Shield 1937–38". CricketArchive. Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  3. ^ "Hallyburton Johnstone Challenge Shield 1938–39". CricketArchive. Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  4. ^ "Hallyburton Johnstone Challenge Shield 1939–40". CricketArchive. Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  5. ^ a b "Women's First-Class Matches played by Wellington Women". CricketArchive. Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  6. ^ a b Watkin, Evan (October 2015). "The History of Women's Domestic Cricket in New Zealand" (PDF). Cricket Wellington. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 April 2017. Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  7. ^ "Hansells Cup 1989–90 Table". CricketArchive. Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  8. ^ "Canterbury Women v Wellington Women, 31 January, 1 February 2004". CricketArchive. Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  9. ^ a b c "Women's List A Matches played by Wellington Women". CricketArchive. Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  10. ^ a b c "Women's Twenty20 Matches played by Wellington Women". CricketArchive. Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  11. ^ "Wellington Women v Canterbury Women, February 12 2021". ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  12. ^ "Records/New Zealand Cricket Women's Twenty20, 2020/21/Most Runs". ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  13. ^ "New Zealand Cricket Women's Twenty20 2021/22/Table". ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 29 January 2022.
  14. ^ "Final, Hamilton, Jan 29 2022, Women's Super Smash: Wellington Women v Otago Women". ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 29 January 2022.
  15. ^ "Fenton, Codyre earn Blaze domestic contracts". Wellington Cricket. Retrieved 29 October 2021.
  16. ^ "Wellington Women Players". CricketArchive. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  17. ^ a b "Former Black Cap Luke Woodcock, Lance Dry to team up as Wellington Blaze coaches". Stuff. Retrieved 5 April 2021.