10 Women Earn New Zealand Contracts

Suzie Bates
Suzie Bates heads the list of 10 centrally contracted players

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) have confirmed the 10 women who will receive central contracts after they were introduced for the 2014-15 season.

For the first time, and following in the footsteps of other countries including Australia and England, New Zealand's top players will be paid retainer contracts.

Captain Suzie Bates is joined on the contract list by a mix of experienced and younger players.

"This group of players are expected to form the core of our team over the next 12 months and likely play a key role in how successful we are during this time," head coach Hamish Barton said.

"Young players like Felicity Leydon-Davis and Hayley Jensen really took their opportunities during the summer and we’re excited about their ongoing development.

"That’s balanced out by more experienced players like Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine, so there’s a good mix in there.

"It’s a busy upcoming summer for us and I know that both myself and the team are incredibly excited about the opportunities in front of us, beginning with our tour of the West Indies in September."

One experienced player not on the list, however, is Nicola Browne, who opted out as her work commitments with the Hamilton City Council may prevent her from being available throughout the year.

"Nicola is really keen to stay involved, but also has a number of exciting things going on outside of cricket and we understand that," Barton added.

"She’s a valued member of the side and we’ll be working closely with her."

New Zealand are next in action when they tour the West Indies in September, beginning the qualification period for the 2017 World Cup.

New Zealand Women 2014-15 contracted list: Suzie Bates, Samantha Curtis, Sophie Devine, Holly Huddleston, Hayley Jensen, Felicity Leydon-Davis, Sara McGlashan, Morna Nielsen, Katie Perkins, Rachel Priest

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