In a first trans-Tasman cricketing union of its kind, New Zealand and Perth Scorchers allrounder Hayley Jensen has tied the knot with long-time partner Nicola Hancock, the uncapped Melbourne Stars pace-bowling allrounder. The two, who both play for Australian Capital Territory in the Women's National Cricket League, the domestic 50-over competition in Australia, were married on April 12, and have made the news of their wedding public on Instagram.
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The 26-year-old New Zealander, who has featured often in the New Zealand starting XIs of late, has now played eight ODIs and 20 T20Is.
Jensen and Hancock, 23, became the fourth pair of active women's cricketers to walk down the aisle in three years. In 2017, New Zealand's Amy Satterthwaite and Lea Tahuhu celebrated their wedding, while South Africa's Dane van Niekerk and fast-bowling allrounder Marizanne Kapp exchanged vows in July last year. And earlier this month, Liz Perry and Maddy Green of New Zealand married each other.
Among cricketers of different nationalities to have tied the knot, Jensen and Hancock join the former Australia vice-captain Alex Blackwell , who married Lynsey Askew, the former England allrounder, in 2015. Last month, current Australia fast bowler Megan Schutt married her long-time girlfriend Jess Hollyoake, though she isn't a cricketer.