White Ferns' Amy Satterthwaite is looking forward to repeating the 2000 Women's Cricket World Cup triumph at home in the upcoming 2022 edition, which is only 100 days away.
New Zealand's sole Women's Cricket World Cup win happened at home in 2000 when Emily Drumm's side beat Belinda Clark-led Australia in a thriller by four runs.
With 100 days to go until the 2022 edition, the White Ferns' star, Amy Satterthwaite, who sits fifth in the MRF Tyres ICC Women's ODI Batting Rankings, and is eager to repeat the feat.
"I remember watching the World Cup Final in 2000 and was really inspired by that and started developing aspirations to be a White Fern myself," said Satterthwaite. "We've got an opportunity to capture the nation, you saw how the Black Caps did it in 2015 [which was co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand].
"It's a pivotal time for women's cricket, and we've got a chance to hopefully capture the imagination of a lot of young girls and boys in particular, and make the most of the way the women's game is growing at the moment," she added.
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New Zealand, which is famous for its picturesque stadia, is ready to welcome fans to sit on grass banks and see the world's best play in a festival atmosphere, especially after the challenges of recent times. The host cities are Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.
"You can't underestimate the value of having people there – when you do play in front of crowds it makes it all the more exciting and special, it can really lift you as an individual and a team, especially a home crowd, when they get behind you I truly believe it lifts you," said Satterthwaite.
"There's also the opportunity to be a world champion – not everyone gets the chance, and we won't be taking that for granted."
A new partnership with PORSE will offer pop-up free childcare at all 31 matches. This will provide more families with a chance to be a part of an unforgettable World Cup experience, knowing their young ones will be safely looked after. PORSE is one of New Zealand's leading brand of home-based childcare with over 20 years of experience.
"I think it's a fantastic partnership and can't wait to see it in action - it means you don't have to arrange a babysitter and can take the whole family to experience the cricket with peace of mind your children are being looked after," said Amy Satterthwaite.
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Having competed in World Cups around the world, Black Caps cricketing legend Sir Richard Hadlee is also aware of the opportunity in front of the White Ferns to create their own legacy with New Zealand fans.
"From a New Zealand point of view, the greatest legacy would be to win it! I've watched our New Zealand women's teams for 40 odd years, the skillsets and fitness and how they play the game is absolutely outstanding. I've seen the women's game grow dramatically and I think people should come along and be enthralled at the spectacle," said Sir Richard Hadlee.
"We're developing an indoor sports centre just behind the pavilion at Hagley for schools and clubs, if those boys and girls can be motivated by watching the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup games at Hagley and developing their game, then it's a win-win."
Sir Richard is keen to see the White Ferns in the mix and has been keeping an eye on all contenders' form leading into the tournament.
"The teams to beat? There's no doubt Australia are favourites. I'm hugely impressed with their skill sets, techniques, strokeplay and innovation, a bowling attack with pace and spin and they’re excellent in the field, so they're probably number one. England are right up there too, and you have to respect teams like the West Indies and South Africa.
"New Zealand are certainly in the mix, they know they'll have work to do and belief will be part of that," said Sir Richard Hadlee.
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