New Zealand Cricket today announced the Women’s One-Day and Twenty20 cricket schedules for the 2012-13 domestic season.
A total of 47 games will be played during the summer, with the opening match scheduled for November 23rd and the two finals to be played on January 12th and 13th.
There will be a 17 day break during the season from December 9th, with a number of players involved in the Women’s Under-21 tournament and the White Ferns on international duty during this period.
Two outright finals will be played following the regular season, with the two top-placed teams from each format meeting in a decider.
The major difference from last year will be the make-up of the matches played in each round. There will now be two 50-over matches played on consecutive days, while just the single Twenty20 will be played per round, as opposed to the two played in 2011-12.
The change comes with an eye cast ahead to the ICC Women’s 50 over World Cup to be held in India in January 2013.
White Ferns Coach Gary Stead said: “The new schedule provides the perfect build-up to the World Cup and will give the players as much time as possible playing the 50-over game.
“The teams will play up to 240 overs of cricket each round in a three day period. This gives players the opportunity to really progress their game and gain experience against New Zealand’s other top cricketers.”
Live scoring for all women’s domestic matches will be available on www.blackcaps.co.nz.