One of the best things about an April to September cricket season in the Northern Hemisphere is the ability to play on the other side of the world during the harsh winter, allowing skills and experience to develop year-round.
Priyanaz Chatterji is another Wildcat benefitting from a winter abroad, travelling across the globe to New Zealand in September 2019.
“I’ve been playing club cricket at Petone, but I’ve also been training with Wellington Blaze [a New Zealand provincial team] and had a few match opportunities which has been really cool.” The Scotland seamer who made her debut in 2008 aged 15 said.
“I’ve been training twice a week with them and having some 1-2-1 work with Blaze head coach, Ivan Tissera. The weekly sessions have been brilliant. There’s great depth in the squad with six White Ferns, so getting to play alongside players of that quality has been hugely beneficial.”
Priyanaz has played four games so far for Wellington Blaze, all in the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield 50-over competition.
She made her Blaze debut on 1st February in a clash against Northern Spirit, before playing against the same opposition the next day – scoring 42 (43) and taking 1/17 from her eight overs, including one maiden.
Priyanaz is no stranger to playing in the Southern Hemisphere, having spent eight months in Perth, Australia playing for Subiaco Floreat Cricket Club alongside several Western Australia state players and enjoying an outing at the WACA.
“Representing Wellington Blaze alongside a great bunch of girls has been the highlight for me so far, though I’ve really enjoyed working with Ivan [Wellington Blaze head coach], he’s a lovely man and a very good coach. I’ve learned so much from him.”
“The one on one sessions have allowed me to focus on more technical things, which has been awesome. I’ve learned a lot, particularly with regards to batting, as this is an area of my game I’ve wanting to develop.”