Wellington Airport kicks off 100-day countdown to Women’s Cricket World Cup

24 Nov 2021

100-day countdown to Women’s Cricket World Cup

This morning Wellington Airport transformed its runway into a special wicket to mark 100 days to go till ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup starts in New Zealand.

Wellington Airport staff took their position as fielders on the runway for a truly unique game of backyard cricket with WHITE FERNS Maddy Green, Jess Kerr, and Jess McFadyen.

Steve Sanderson, Wellington Airport’s Chief Executive said: “Wellington Airport has hosted some very cool events on our runway over the years, but this is the first time it’s been used as a cricket wicket. Our staff have loved being involved and it’s exciting we’re able to start planning for big events again and welcoming people back to the Capital”.

The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 is coming to Aotearoa for 31 incredible matches across 31 action-packed days starting at the Bay Oval, Tauranga on Friday 4 March.

The cricketing festivities start in Wellington on Sunday 13 March with a blockbuster match at the Basin Reserve between New Zealand and old foes Australia. It’s followed by a further six matches including a quarter final and semi-final.

WellingtonNZ Events & Experiences General Manager Warrick Dent expects Wellingtonians will be eager to support and enjoy one of the world’s premier female sporting events.

“Today’s event signifies that the Women’s Cricket World Cup is getting ready to take off and when the time comes, Wellingtonians will be sure to descend on the Basin to be part of the action. It will be a fantastic time for women’s sport, cricket and the city.”

CWC22 CEO Andrea Nelson says they’re thrilled to bring ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 to Wellington, home to some of our most passionate and knowledgeable fans.

“The Basin Reserve has seen many great moments in Aotearoa cricket history, we're sure the world's best women cricketers will create new ones and help inspire the next generation in Wellington.”

Cricket Wellington general manager Liz Green says the organisation couldn’t wait to welcome the world to the Basin Reserve.

“The Women’s World Cup will be a landmark event for women’s cricket and women’s sport in New Zealand and we’re so excited to showcase New Zealand’s home of cricket to the world.

“It’s been a long wait and with just 100 days left to go we’re looking forward to seeing the best players in the world show their talent right here in Wellington.”

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