Rosemary Mair is one of the 13 contracted players in the Central Hinds set up. © Getty Images

Nine cricketers from Central Hinds have been awarded contracts for the 2019-20 domestic season following New Zealand Cricket’s new Women’s Master Agreement that was announced in August this year. These contracts are meant to provide financial support to the domestic cricketers to compensate for their playing time through the season.

With the fast bowling pair of Hannah Rowe and Rosemary Mair already having received full-time central contracts with the White Ferns, and Natalie Dodd and Jess Watkin earning NZC development contracts, there are now a total of 13 contracted Central Hinds players.

“The commitment to playing cricket at this high level means making personal sacrifices, such as taking time off work and studies, and these contracts will help ease that burden,” Pete de Wet, CEP of Central Districts Cricket said on Saturday (November 2).

“I am thrilled to see these inaugural nine players being rewarded for making themselves available to play in both the Super Smash and Hallyburton Johnstone Shield competitions for the Central Hinds. As defending champions in the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield and with a solid commitment to producing White Ferns for our country, it’s key that we have structures in place to support our players’ commitment to playing the game.”

Georgia Atkinson, Kate Baxter, Emily Cunningham, Claudia Green, Mikaela Greig, Melissa Hansen, Monique Rees, Kerry Tomlinson and Anlo van Deventer have been handed domestic contracts. They will have the flexibility to train and play as semi-professionals for the first time.

2019/20 Contracts:

NZC central contracts: Hannah Rowe, Rosemary Mair

NZC development contracts: Natalie Dodd, Jess Watkin

Central Hinds contracts: Georgia Atkinson, Kate Baxter, Emily Cunningham, Claudia Green, Mikaela Greig, Melissa Hansen, Monique Rees, Kerry Tomlinson, Anlo van Deventer.

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