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.

Northern Diamonds captain Hollie Armitage smiling whilst fielding at Headingley

Picture by Allan McKenzie/ Hollie Armitage during this summer’s Charlotte Edwards T20 Cup.

“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.

Picture by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images. Hollie Armitage plays for the Sydney Sixers in the WBBL in late 2019.

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