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Pioneers

Many people have played/administered cricket in Wellington both socially and competitively, but there are a minority who have and continue to dedicate time and energy to Cricket Wellington, developing it into what it is today; a powerhouse of female cricket domestically and one of only three regions nationally to have both age grade and senior club leagues for females only.

Cricket Wellington would like to acknowledge the contribution of some pioneers to our game. People who have played and/or administered cricket at both grassroot and regional level, people who have been instrumental in the growth and development of female cricket & cricket in general in Wellington.

Amanda Ellen Cooper (Born 1983)
The current Premier Girls 30 Over compeition is jointly named after both Amanda Cooper & Megan Wakefield; Premier Girls Cooper Wakefield Cup.
Amanda Cooper played for Wellington from 1999-2013 in a total of 129 matches. Taking 140 wickets Cooper was a spearhead in the Wellington line up and a handy batter with 1193 runs. A strong club player who was involved on club committees for many years, Cooper claimed the Marjorie Sweetman Memorial Trophy for most senior wickets on three seperate occasions; 2003/04, 2011/12 and 2012/13. Both the Wellington Collegians and Onslow Honours Board are well decorated with her name, Amanda leading Onslow to seven successive Premier titles; the longest duration that one club has held the trophy.

Joy Grace Lamason (née Stenberg) (1915-2012)
The current Cricket Wellington Premier Women’s cricket competition is played annually for the Joy Lamason One Day Trophy.

Joy made her provincial debut in the 1930s playing against Australia and England in New Zealand’s first post war Tests. She also toured England as a player and later managed New Zealand sides back there again in 1966 and 1965 respectively, along with helping to select Test sides, chairing her respective national body and later becoming a Life Member.
Joy was educated at Brooklyn School and Wellington Girls’ College, joining the YWCA Cricket Club in 1933. Her Wellington debut came two years later against the touring English team and over the next five seasons, she was in the side that won four successive Hallyburton-Johnston Shield titles as national provincial champions.In 1936/37, Joy switched to the (Wellington) College Old Girls’ Club and began her career as an administrator. Known for her hard work off the field, she was elected secretary of the Wellington Women’s Cricket Association in 1939. When women’s cricket resumed after WWII, Joy took 7-9 off 16 overs in a club game along with heading the Wellington batting averages in 1945/46.
In 1948, Joy produced her greatest match performance taking 6-44 from 22 overs against Canterbury at the Basin Reserve, then making 122 in 220 minutes, her only representative century.
Joy’s Test debut came against Australia at the Basin in March 1948, when she made the second to top score in both innings. Her best ever figures for Wellington came in 1952/53, when she took an astonishing 7-3 from eight overs against Otago in Dunedin with her medium-fast swing deliveries. Joy toured with the first New Zealand team to England in 1954, together with her sister-in-law Ina who was vice-captain. Joy took 4-51 in the first Test at Headingley, Leeds. Her dogged innings in the second Test at Worcester, helped save the New Zealanders from defeat. Joy played her final international in Auckland on New Year’s Day 1958, a non-Test match against the touring English team.
In 1956 Joy had been elected Chairwoman of the New Zealand Women’s Cricket Council, a position she held until 1970. She returned to England with the second New Zealand team in 1966 as the assistant manager, chief selector and unofficial coach.
The WWCA awarded Joy Life Membership in 1965 and in 1970 she received the same honour from NZWCC. She was made a Life Member of New Zealand Cricket, when the NZWCC merged with the men in 1991. As a Life Member of the WWCA, she became a Vice President of Cricket Wellington in 1988.
At the time of her death on 16 February at the age of 96, Joy was believed to be the oldest living women’s Test cricketer.

Patricia “Trish” Frances McKelvey CNZM MBE (Born 1942)
The Trish McKelvey Medal is awarded annually to the “Best & Fairest” Wellington club Premier Womens’ Player. Colleges compete for the Trish McKelvey Trophy in the Premier 1 Grade while at the National Womens Under 21 Tournament, the Trish McKelvey Cup is awarded to the Player of the Tournament.

McKelvey was born in Lower Hutt in 1942. She was educated at Wellington Girls’ College from 1955 to 1959, where she was captain of both the senior ‘A’ netball and 1st XI cricket teams.
She played 15 women’s Test matches for New Zealand, captaining the side in all of them. The record was two wins, three defeats and five draws. Her Test career spanned the period 1966 to 1978/9, and included Tests against not only traditional rivals England and Australia, but also against South Africa in 1971/2 and India.
McKelvey scored 699 Test runs at an average of 29.12, with a highest score of 155 not out. She also captained New Zealand in all 15 women’s one-day internationals she played in, winning seven, losing seven, with one tie. McKelvey also played for the International XI in the 1973 women’s World Cup, finishing fourth out of seven teams.
McKelvey’s 15 Tests as captain means she has captained New Zealand more times than the next two women in the list combined. As at July 2005, she was the only New Zealand women’s Test captain to have won a Test match.
In 1992, McKelvey became the first woman board member of New Zealand Cricket.
Outside of cricket, McKelvey had a distinguished career in education. She trained as a physical education teacher and taught at Hutt Valley Memorial College, Solway College and Wellington High School. She was principal of Wellington High School for seven years, retiring in 1994. She has since served on the boards of other educational institutions, including being a member of the Council of Victoria University of Wellington from 2007 to 2012 and chair of The Correspondence School board of trustees.
McKelvey was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to women’s cricket in the 1981 Queen’s Birthday Honours.[7] In the 2005 Queen’s Birthday Honours she was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education.

Maureen Helen Peters (nee Dymond) (Born 1943)
The current Cricket Wellington Premier Women’s T20 club cricket competition is played annually for the Maureen Peters T20 Plate.
Maureen Helen Peters (nee Dymond) is a stalwart of Wellington and New Zealand Women’s cricket. Maureen played for New Zealand two Test matches and 16 one-day internationals. Her economy rate for the White Ferns is a staggering 1.86 runs per over.
She took 19 wickets at an average of 15.31.  She played in Wellington for many years and after she retired she became a National Selector. At last years Annual Meeting Maureen was made a Vice-President of Cricket Wellington recognising her services to women’s cricket.
Since the inception of the Maureen Peters T20 Plate in 2013, Maureen has personally presented the winning team with their silver wear annually.

Megan Gwenda Wakefield (Born 1982)
The current Premier Girls 30 Over compeition is jointly named after both Amanda Cooper & Megan Wakefield; Premier Girls Cooper Wakefield Cup.
Megan Wakefield played provincial cricket from 2007 and captained a strong Wellington side from 2009-2013. With a destructive batting style, Megan’s highest score was 120 and she scored a total of 2686 runs from 120 matches, retiring after 91 One Day Domestic appearances for the Wellington Blaze. Dominating the club league, Wakefield was awarded the Judith Sadler Memorial Trophy for most senior club runs on five seperate occasions- four under Taita CC in 2002/03, 2003/04, 2006/07, 2008/09 and once for Johnsonville in 2009/10 before retiring from all forms of cricket after the 2012/13 season. Invested both on and off the pitch, Megan held committee positions at Taita CC and later Johnsonville CC where she also coached the clubs Premier Girls team.