The first female match referee: Former White Ferns player Sue Morris becomes the first female umpire in New Zealand cricket this season. Morris, who won seven wickets for the New Zealand women’s team in eight ODIs in 1988. Has joined the nine-member referee panel for the upcoming 2021-22 season. The trained elementary school teacher hopes for her passion for the game. And solid experience from her playtime will help her break new ground this season.
“Cricket has always been a big part of my life and I’m really excited by the opportunity to continue to be involved in a new capacity. “As a bit of a cricket tragic, I couldn’t think of a better job, although I appreciate there’s a lot of hard work and learning ahead if I’m to be a success as an NZC Match Referee. “Being the first female to join the ranks is an honor and I certainly hope I can inspire other former players and umpires to get involved – because there are clear pathways for women in all parts of our game.”
NZ Cricket umpires oversee the Plunket Shield, Ford Trophy and Super Smash men’s and women’s games.
A five-member Women’s Umpire Panel is also formed this season. While Kim Cotton continues to make history with her appointment to the New Zealand National Cricket Umpire Panel.
Cotton made his world-class Onfield debut last season. And was the fourth official in the Black Caps series against the West Indies. The qualified lawyer was the first woman to lead a World Cup Grand Final by placing herself in a sold-out MCG. At the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final between India and Australia.
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