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Kiwi cricketers glammed up for the New Zealand Cricket Awards

We were bowled over by the talent at cricket’s glitzy all-nighter
Michelle Hyslop

Howzat for glamour?! Aotearoa’s top batters, bowlers, fielders and wicketkeepers were out in full force for the New Zealand Cricket Awards in Auckland last week.

Asked about his recent promotion to Black Caps captain, Tim Southee told Woman’s Day, “It’s a huge honour and something I’m really proud of.” His highlight of the past year was the one-run Test win over England, which was “a pretty special match to be a part of”.

Of the World Cup coming up in October, Tim, 34, says, “New Zealand really boxes above its weight at these events, so hopefully we can turn up and play some of our best cricket.”

Also looking forward to the World Cup is Black Caps veteran Martin Guptill, 36, who tells us, “I haven’t got too long left in the sport, so I just want to go out and play as much as I can.”

A recent highlight has been having his wife Laura and their kids, daughter Harley and son Teddy, on tour with him.

“My son’s two, and he’ll pick up a cricket bat and hit anything, so that’s a good sign!”

Meanwhile, White Ferns legend Suzie Bates, 35, rated last year’s Commonwealth Games bronze medal as “one of the highlights of my career”, adding that she’s thrilled at the advancement of women’s

sport in recent years.

“I sometimes have to pinch myself at how far we’ve come. I’m just so proud to be a female athlete, which wasn’t always the case when I was growing up. I’m so proud to see how supported we are now. It’s all about inspiring the next generation.”

Brya and Tim Southee

Kane Williamson and Sarah Raheem

Talented trio Hayley, Eden and Suzie.

Neil and Lana Wagner

White Ferns wonders (back row, from left): Fran Jonas, Lauren Down, Suzie Bates, Lea Tahuhu, Rosemary Mair, Maddy Green, Molly Penfold, Izzy Gaze and Jess Kerr. Front row (from left): Hayley Jensen, Georgia Plimmer, Eden Carson and Brooke Halliday.

Kyle Jamieson and Emma Hartland

Caitlin Dodunski and Mitchell Santner

Lea Tahuhu and Amy Satterthwaite

Charlotte MacKinnon and Eden Carson

Martin Guptill and Laura McGoldrick

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