Hamish Barton steps down as NZ Women coach

Former Auckland cricketer Hamish Barton has resigned from his post as head coach of New Zealand Women.

Barton, who was also the High Performance Manager for Netball Northern Zone, cited heavy time demands of both roles including international travel with the cricket team, for his decision.

Barton, who had been an assistant coach of the side in 2012, was New Zealand Cricket's coach development manager between 2009 to 2013, and had also played for and coached the Argentina team between 2005 and 2009. He took over as New Zealand Women's coach from Warren Lees in July 2014.

His tenure started with an away loss to West Indies, but he recently led the side to a series win against England in the ICC Women's Championship One Day international Series.

Lindsay Crocker, the head of cricket operations for NZC, said that while he was disappointed, he understood Barton's position.

"Having been involved in the women's game for a number of years, Hamish brought a lot of knowledge to the group and we're sorry to lose that," Crocker said. "Hamish has given a lot to the team, but dual roles are difficult to maintain. We wish him all the best for the future. We will now start to work through the appointment process for Hamish's replacement."

Barton played 17 first-class matches for Auckland, Canterbury and the New Zealand Academy scoring 572 runs and taking 16 wickets. In 21 List-A games, he scored 253 runs and seven wickets.