Briana Perry, Nensi Patel and Holly Topp, are further evidence of the success of the Bay of Plenty Cricket girl’s pathway, having earned selection in the Northern Districts women’s under 18 team.
The Bay of Plenty trio will play in a representative tournament in Wellington next week from January 15-19.
The cricket girls’ pathway starts with the GoGirl program a standalone girl’s cricket program for Year 4-6 students, that builds upon the NZ Cricket introductory programmes.
A further step in the pathway is the Bay of Plenty Girls Under 15 Girls and Secondary Schoolgirl sides, that play in regional tournaments.
Briana, Nensi and Holly, were all members of the Bay of Plenty Secondary Schoolgirl side that swept all before them, when winning the 2015 ND Secondary Schoolgirls tournament with an unbeaten record.
All three play in the Northern Premier League with Briana and Nensi representing the Velocity and Holly selected for the Galaxy. After two completed rounds of the 2017/18 NPL - Nensi Patel leads the batting stakes, with 131 runs, that has come from knocks of 59 and 72 respectively.
Briana and Nensi, also earned selection in the Northern Spirit that plays in the NZ Cricket Major Association Women’s championships.
In other cricket news, a Bay of Plenty XI, which is a mixture of senior men’s players and development candidates, is to play a Hawkes Bay XI at Taupo on Sunday January 14.
The Bay of Plenty First XI has the first Hawke Cup defence of the season on January 26-28 at Te Puke, before three further ND Fergus Hickey Rosebowl encounters. Bay of Plenty Development finish their Basil McBurney campaign against Poverty Bay, Northland and Counties Manukau in February and March.
ND Women’s Under 18 Team
Nensi Patel, Briana Perry, Holly Topp
Bay of Plenty XI to play Hawkes Bay XI at Taupo 14 January 2018
Stephen Crossan, Tom MacRury, Ben Musgrave, Ben McKenzie, Marcel Collett, Matt Golding, Alastair Blackett, Dominic Crombie, Chris Atkinson, Cam Riley, James Boyd, Craig Baldry.