The Central Hinds proudly represent CDCA in the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield - NZC's national one-day championship; and in the Dream11 Super Smash, New Zealand’s high-octane T20 competition where every game is played as a doubleheader with the Central Stags.
The best players from the eight District Association regions that make up CD, the Hinds are the only women’s Domestic side to be drawn from both the main islands of Aotearoa New Zealand.
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The Hinds were New Zealand T20 national finalists in 2016; Hallyburton Johnstone Shield national champions in 2019 and, like the Central Stags, share a special team spirit and camaraderie.
They play an exciting brand of white-ball cricket despite facing many more logistical challenges than rival city-based teams. Matches between the Hinds and our neighbours Wellington Blaze are particularly special, with the Hinds having broken away from the Wellington region in 1979.
Many early players represented both teams, and when the Blaze and the Hinds meet for the first time every season in the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield, the Viv Stephens Memorial Trophy goes on the line.
Born in Foxton, Manawatu, Viv (née Sexton) was the first captain of the Hinds in 1979, and represented both teams during her career, as well as the WHITE FERNS. The trophy was shared when it was introduced in 2022, after rain washed out the scheduled games at the Basin Reserve.
Last season, the sun shone at Palmerston North where the Hinds became the first team to win this special trophy outright. The trophy will go on the line again this season, on 3 February 2024, in Wellington in round seven of the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield.
2023 Viv Stephens Memorial Trophy Winners
The Hinds have produced a number of WHITE FERNS for New Zealand, including current and recent reps Rosemary Mair, Hannah Rowe and Natalie Dodd.
Kerry Tomlinson, Mikaela Greig and Esther Lanser have played international cricket for The Netherlands, and Claudia Green has been selected for WHITE FERNS squad in the last two years without yet gaining a debut cap.
Other names you might recognise from past years include Elizabeth and Rosemary Signal (the first twins in the world to play Test cricket), Penny Kinsella (who went on to be a WHITE FERNS selector and national board member), Sara McGlashan, double cricket/football international and NZC Board Member Rebecca Rolls, Rachel Priest, double cricket/hockey international Liz Perry, Abby Burrows, Rachel Candy, former WHITE FERNS captain Aimee Watkins (née Mason), Kate Ebrahim (née Broadmore) and Jess Watkin.
Did you know?
Television personality Toni Street, RNZ Nine to Noon host Kathryn Ryan and Black Ferns legend and New Zealand Rugby 2018 Player of the Year Kendra Cocksedge are all proud former Central Hinds cricketers!
Although the Central Hinds side didn't come into existence and compete until the 1979/80 season, New Zealand Domestic Cricket competitions for women started in 1935/36.
Today, the free-admission Hallyburton Johnstone Shield sees NZ's six domestic teams competing against each other in 50-over matches in back-to-back Saturday and Sunday games at each venue: five weekends across the summer, building up to a 1v2 Grand Final for the top two qualifiers in February 2024.
Women’s T20s — the Dream11 Super Smash — were first introduced in 2007/08. Back in the day, teams also played two-innings tournaments with a view to Test selection for New Zealand, but now short form, white-ball cricket is the international pathway.
The Central Hinds have featured in Super Smash doubleheaders (back-to-back games on the same day) with the Central Stags since 2018/19. Spectators get double the action - two T20s for the price of one, and a great opportunity to see what the fast-growing women's game is all about.
Gourmet food and coffee carts, heaps of activities and freebies for the kids, grown-up refreshments for the rest of us, plus a super entertainment package (with MCs and most games televised, with a replay big screen at the ground) are all laid on for a fun day.
Get together with your family and mates at the cricket at these very affordable games played throughout New Zealand in the holiday season. PS, wear green!
OUR NEW ZEALAND TITLES
Hallyburton Johnstone Shield
2005/06 • 2009/10 • 2018/19
Super Smash T20
PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
1999 Cindy Forsyth
2000 Melissa Murray
2001 Megan Graham
2002 Nicole Thessman
2003 Aimee Watkins (née Mason)
2004 Aimee Watkins (née Mason)
2005 Donna Trow
2006 Sara McGlashan
2007 Sara McGlashan
2008 Aimee Watkins (Mason)
2009 Abby Burrows
2010 Rachel Priest
2011 Kate Ebrahim (Broadmore)
2012 Rachel Priest
2013 Rachel Priest
2014 Kate Ebrahim (née Broadmore)
2015 Kate Ebrahim (née Broadmore)
2016 Kelly Rangi
2017 Jess Watkin
2018 Hannah Rowe
2019 Natalie Dodd
2020 Jess Watkin
2021 Natalie Dodd
2022 Jess Watkin
2023 Natalie Dodd
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