Defending HBJ Shield champions the Spotlight Reporting Wellington Blaze will play in the first-ever women’s List A day-night match against Northern Districts at Bay Oval on Saturday November 25, as NZC seeks to better prepare domestic female players for international cricket.
NZC’s GM of Cricket Operations Catherine Campbell said the busy schedule of domestic cricket would provide good opportunities for players and fans across the country.
“The domestic home summer is going to be action-packed as usual, with some great progress in the development of the women’s programme. Playing under lights is very common now in international cricket so it’s great to be able to give our domestic women the opportunity to experience that.”
The HBJ Shield will be played in entirely first-class accredited venues for the first time as the quality of the women’s game continues to grow locally and internationally.
In the men’s competitions, the Plunket Shield will continue to be played in two halves, with the first four rounds starting on October 20, before a break over the holiday season. The Plunket Shield season will conclude on March 27.
The Dream11 Super Smash’s schedule will be released in the coming months, in preparation for the tournament beginning in December.
Wellington’s fixtures for the 2023/24 domestic summer are: