WHITE FERNS batswoman Maddy Green has joined the Wellington Blaze for the 2019-20 season.
The 26-year-old makes the move to Wellington after ten years at the Auckland Hearts where she lifted five domestic titles including captaining the Hearts to their Hallyburton Johnstone Shield triumph in 2018.
“The Blaze are a really strong, powerful side and have had a huge amount of success in the T20 format especially over the last few years,” said Green.
“Leading into the ICC T20 World Cup next year and trying to get a place in that WHITE FERNS side, it’s going to be really good to train and learn day in, day out with the Blaze team.
“I’ve absolutely loved being part of the Hearts, ten years is a long time and I’d like to think I’ve contributed to a successful culture.
“I want to thank all my teammates, coaches, support staff and everyone at Auckland Cricket who have really helped me develop as a cricketer and as a person in the last ten years.”
A right-handed, top-order batswoman who can bowl handy off-spin, Green picked up the Ruth Martin Award for domestic batting at the 2018 New Zealand Cricket Awards and was named in the WHITE FERNS squad for the ICC T20 World Cup in the West Indies last year.
Green debuted for the WHITE FERNS at the age of 19 in a T20 against Australia and has gone on to represent New Zealand in 40 T20 internationals and 27 ODIs, scoring almost 700 runs, including a whirlwind 62-ball century in the WHITE FERNS record total of 490 against Ireland in Dublin last year.
“We’re really proud of the Blaze programme we have built under Ivan Tissera and Robbie Kerr and their wider coaching team,” said Cricket Wellington CEO Cam Mitchell.
“It’s very well resourced and we believe it is the best place in the country for female players to develop.
“We’re really excited to welcome Maddy to the Blaze and look forward to her contributions to the team.”
Green becomes the second WHITE FERNS player to join the Blaze this winter, following allrounder Leigh Kasperek. She joins a powerful top-order batting unit including current WHITE FERNS Sophie Devine and Amelia Kerr, as well as Rachel Priest, Liz Perry and up-and-coming opener Rebecca Burns.
Blaze head coach Ivan Tissera said he was excited to work with yet another internationally-rated batswoman.
“We are very fortunate to have a player of Maddy’s calibre join the Blaze,” he said.
“Her achievements at domestic and international level speak for themselves and her passion and commitment for the Hearts over the last ten years show the type of player we now have joining our team.
“I’m really looking forward to working alongside Maddy to help improve her game, hopefully win more trophies, and also help her secure a place in the WHITE FERNS for the upcoming World Cups.”
The Blaze get their season underway against the Auckland Hearts at the Basin Reserve on November 16.