Northern Diamonds captain Hollie Armitage is heading out to New Zealand today after signing on to play in the forthcoming Super Smash T20 competition for the Central Hinds.
The England A all-rounder will play as an overseas player for the Hinds in a six-team competition which runs from Tuesday through until January 28.
The Canterbury Magicians are the reigning champions, while the Hinds finished bottom of last season’s 10-game group stage with one victory.
Armitage, who has just returned from India with the England A squad, is set to debut in the Hinds’ competition opener against Northern Brave on Friday at Hamilton’s Seddon Park.
“I’m going to New Zealand, and I can’t wait,” said the Huddersfield-born 26-year-old.
“I’ve played over in Australia for a few winters, but New Zealand is a place I’ve never been to before. I’m really excited to join a new environment and a new team.
“Hopefully I can drive forward the things I’ve been working on and help the Central Hinds win some games and hopefully a trophy.”
Armitage has previously played grade, state and Big Bash cricket in Australia.
In the winter of 2019/20, she played five times for Sydney Sixers as an overseas player before Christmas and then represented Tasmania six times afterwards.