Fri, Oct 1, 2021 8:51 AM

Hinds to debut at Saxton Oval

Nelson's Claudia Green will get the opportunity to play in front of her home crowd as the Central Hinds make its Saxton Oval debut next month. Photo: Margot Butcher

Staff Reporter

A landmark weekend of cricket is coming to Nelson next month.

The Central Hinds will play two Hallyburton Johnstone Shield one-dayers at Saxton Oval on October 30 and 31, the first Central Hinds games to be played in Nelson in any format.

The back-to-back fixtures against the Otago Sparks will be the first women’s matches of the national season, the other four teams beginning a week later due to Auckland’s COVID-19 lockdowns.

Central Hinds’ head coach Jamie Watkins also revealed that Nelson’s women’s representative team, the Nelson Nyxons, will join Central District’s one-day Shrimpton Trophy competition for the first time this summer.

“This is another really exciting landmark for the Nelson female game, following on from having brought Nelson players into our T20 Central Super League last season,” Jamie says.

“You don’t have to look far to see the talent that is in this region. We’ve got Claudia Green having just toured with the White Ferns for the first time, and Anna and Kate Gaging debuting for the Central Hinds last summer. It’s boom times for the female game in Nelson."

Jamie says it's perfect timing to keep growing and supporting the spike in interest locally and no doubt this will be an extra special occasion the Nelson-based players.