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NEW SOUTH WALES TEAM INVITATION TO NEW ZEALAND • ' i Women are making history in cricket, says a Sydney, newspaper. They are laying down plans for an international test match —-England v. Australia. The prospects of realising this supreme ambition of the New South Wales organisation are bright, but before a visit to England or an English visit to Australia takes place, a cricket tour of New Zealand will be made. Women cricketers are anxiously awaiting an answer to the invitation they gave New Zealand to send a representative team to Sydney next February, during the annual interStats carnival. In Brisbane last February at the meeting of the Australian council, New South Wales delegates strongly urged that an invitation should*be sent to New Zealand. Other delegates thought that such an invitation would be premature, because tae Dominion associations are even younger than the youthful New * South W ales body. The delegates from New South Wales, however, persisted in their efforts, and eventually persuaded the council to permit tho sending of an invitation, under the auspices of the Australian council, from New South Wales. The State association will bear tho expense of the tour and, of course, reap the profits, but tho chief object in view is to inaugurate a regular exchange o. visits between ilie Dominion and tlie Commonwealth. Such a tour at thi* time ought to lift cricket out of its swaddling clothes. „ If New Zealand agrees to send a team an itinerary will bo so arranged as to provide that the country associations of New South Wales shall be visited while the State team is engaged with its intor-State fixtures. At the conclusion of the latter matches an Australian eleven will be chosen from all the inter-State representatives to play New Zealand. The match will be of two days' duration and will be the first international women's cricket match to be played.. Tho New Zealand visit would give the necessary experience of big cricket to the State players, whose ambition is to play an English eleven in the near future. New South Wales will move at the next Australian council meeting that a message should be sent to tho All England Women's Cricket Association, inviting an English team to visit Australia during tho 1934-35 is known jbhat the English association would give favourable consideration to such a tour. Miss Margaret Peden, honorary sec- , retary of the New South Wales Association, expects that some Maoris will [ coino with the team, and thinks that "their speed of foot, quickness of eye i and lithe wrists should mark them a« ■ cricketers of quality." > New Zealand would have been reproi sented at the hockey carnival in Africa , in 1930 if tho South Africans had not felt so strongly about ,the colour quesi tion. No such objection would be raised in Australia if the women cricketers i brought some Maori players with them. ) Instead, their presenco should prove a r draw-card and be as attractive as the i Maori Rugby Union footballers who • find a place in the representative men's teams.

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New Zealand Herald, New Zealand Herald, Volume LXX, Issue 21661, 29 November 1933

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WOMEN CRICKETERS New Zealand Herald, Volume LXX, Issue 21661, 29 November 1933