In October 2012, Cricket Wellington approached Sport Wellington to lead an independent review of girls’ and women’s cricket in the Wellington Region. The review was to address one of Cricket Wellington’s strategic goals; "Cricket in the community: A strong, competitive and sustainable local cricket environment" and to rejuvenate women's cricket.
A group consisting of two Cricket Wellington Board members and three staff, two Cricket NZ ambassadors, two Sport Wellington staff and a Practicum Student was tasked to carry out the review.
The review was carried out in the knowledge that Wellington Cricket has a long and proud history of girls and women playing cricket. The region has developed many international players including Ina and Joy Lamason, Barbara Bevege, Trish McKelvey, Penny Kinsella, Anna O’Leary, Anna Corbin, Lucy Doolan and current White Ferns, Sophie Devine and Sian Ruck. Despite this success the playing numbers for both women and girls’ cricket is relatively low compared to other sporting codes and at best is either static or in decline. Most importantly however was the recognition that with increased resources and a planned inclusive approach female cricket had the potential to increase membership, participation and profile of the girls’ and women’s game significantly.
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