The brightest young women cricketers from New Zealand and Australia will meet tomorrow for the first of five matches to be played at Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln.
The New Zealand Emerging Players XI and Australian U-21 team will face off in two Twenty20s and three ODIs in what is expected to be an evenly fought series.
Australia have a wealth of depth, including seven players from an ever-dominating New South Wales side, while New Zealand have five players who have experience for the White Ferns.
The New Zealand side will be spear-headed by their captain Frances Mackay, Kate Broadmore and Anna Peterson, all of whom recently finished their duties with the White Ferns.
Australia possess some extremely talented youngsters like Beth Mooney though, who will co-captain the side at just 18 years-old.
It’s without a doubt that many of the players on display are future members of their nation’s senior teams and will benefit from the experience of playing their rivals from across the Tasman.
The first Twenty20 will begin at 2:00pm tomorrow and will be scored live on blackcaps.co.nz. Entry to the games will be free of charge and people are encouraged to come down and watch.
Schedule, scorecards, match reports - http://www.blackcaps.co.nz/schedule/emerging-players-v-australia/125/series.aspx
NZ Emerging Players XI
Frances Mackay: Canterbury Magicians (Captain)
Victoria Abbott: Otago Sparks
Janet Brehaut: Canterbury Magicians
Kate Broadmore: Central Stags
Kylie Crowley: Otago Sparks
Natalie Dodd: Nothern Spirit
Lauren Down: Auckland Hearts
Georgia Guy: Auckland Hearts
Melinda Hodgson: Wellington Blaze
Holly Huddleston: Auckland Blaze
Meg Kendal: Canterbury Magicians
Brooke Kirkbride: Northern Spirit
Felicity Leydon-Davis: Northern Spirit
Anna Peterson: Northern Spirit
Beth Mooney: QLD (Co-captain)
Angela Reakes: NSW (Co-captain)
Jemma Barsby : QLD
Erin Burns: TAS
Nicola Carey: NSW
Holly Ferling: QLD
Katie Mac: NSW
Claire Koski: NSW
Megan Schutt: SA
Kara Sutherland: NSW
Gemma Triscari: WA
Hannah Trollip: NSW
Keeghan Tucker: NSW