Whether it’s indoor or outdoor cricket Wairarapa College student Melissa Hansen is having great success this season.
As well as making her debut for the Central Hinds, Hansen, 17, has been selected in the New Zealand Under 20 training squad in preparation for the 2014 Indoor Cricket World Cup held in Wellington from the 18-25th of October.
The squad (16) will be required to attend at least three training camps during the year from which the final team of 11-12 players will be selected.
Hansen first got involved with indoor cricket playing locally at the Masterton Indoor Sports Centre (which consists mainly of men) and then joined the Winter Super League competition for Palmerston North.
The Super League competition involves the different indoor centres in the south of the North Island playing each other over the course of the winter period.
From there Hansen was noticed by Sean Kelly from Wellington Indoor Cricket and was asked to attend the Northern regional tournament in Auckland over Queens Birthday Weekend as part of the Hutt side where she made the starting 8 for the final.
As Central Districts could not put together a senior Women’s team for the Provincial champs last October it was decided that Hansen would play for the Wellington women’s Under 20 team. This team went through the tournament undefeated. From there the NZ training squads Men, Men U20, Women and Women Under 20 were selected.
Hansen now has the task of raising over $3000 for tournament related costs by October 1st.
“We have quite a few ideas for fundraisers which include the usual raffles etc so I’m hoping that everyone gets behind me and I can raise the money required,” said Hansen.
As far as the outdoor season is concerned, Hansen has achieved her target of representing the Central Hinds making her debut against Wellington in a twenty twenty match at Cornwall Park in Hastings on January 10th.
A week later Hansen made her 50 over debut, again at Fitzherbert Park in Palmerston North, against Canterbury taking her first wicket and scoring 12 opening the batting.