Two Bay of Plenty young women's players, have earned representation in New Zealand age-group representative teams, which will play fixtures during February, March and April 2021.
Northern Spirit all-rounder Nensi Patel, has been selected for the New Zealand Women's Under 19 team, while Elle Archer will play for the New Zealand Maori Secondary Schoolgirls side.
Nensi Patel is one of the rising stars of New Zealand Women's Cricket, and has played 39 games for the Northern Spirit, since selection as a thirteen year old five seasons ago. The right hand batter who also bowls spin, has currently scored 131 runs and taken 29 wickets - played with outstanding success at the recent NZC Women's Under 19 National Tournament.
NZC Head of Women's High Performance Ant Sharp said "This is a great opportunity for our young female cricketers to shine on a bigger stage". "The under 19's represent the next level of up and coming players in the country, with several already having played domestic cricket".
"With the ICC 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".
Tauranga Girls College Year 11 student Elle Archer, caught the attention of the Northern Districts selectors at the annual ND Secondary Schoolgirls tournament, and forwarded a nomination to the New Zealand Maori Secondary Schoolgirls selection panel.
Elle shone on the national stage, when Tauranga Girls College played at the 2020 Gillette Venus Cup National finals. She scored 107 runs with a best of 47 and also took three wickets. Elle also performed with bat and ball at the ND Secondary Schoolgirls competition, to add to her Venus Cup performances.
The New Zealand Women's Under 19 team, has a six match schedule, with a three match series against a New Zealand Police XI before squaring off with a New Zealand Provincial eleven.
Two games against Wellington Cricket Association sides await the New Zealand Maori Secondary Schoolgirl side, which will provide a further group of young women's players with a higher level of cricket.
New Zealand Women's Under 19 team - Nensi Patel (Bay of Plenty)
New Zealand Maori Secondary Schoolgirls team - Elle Archer (Bay of Plenty)
New Zealand Women's Under 19 Schedule
February 15,16, 17: v New Zealand Police @ Christchurch (forty over matches)
February 29, 30; April 1: v New Zealand Provincial XI @ Hamilton (fifty over matches)
New Zealand Maori Secondary Schoolgirls Schedule
February 10,11: v Wellington CA selections @ Wellington
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