Molly Penfold chases a ball down for the Auckland Hearts (PHOTOSPORT)

Mair to miss England Tour | Penfold receives maiden call-up

Central Hinds seamer Rosemary Mair has been forced out of the WHITE FERNS tour to England with a bone stress reaction in her left shin. 

Mair was originally part of the 16-strong squad but will be replaced by Auckland Hearts seamer Molly Penfold who receives her maiden WHITE FERNS call-up.

WHITE FERNS Head Coach Bob Carter said the news comes as a blow while the team prepare to depart.

“It’s very unfortunate news for Rosemary who’s started to form a key part of our bowling attack in recent times,” he said.

“Rosemary is naturally gutted she can’t tour but we wish her well with the injury and look forward to having her back on the park soon.”

Penfold joins the squad after attending a number of winter camps with the team.

WHITE FERNS Bowling Coach Jacob Oram said he is looking forward to working with the young Aucklander.

“Molly has raw, fast bowling talent,” said Oram.

“She brings a desire to learn about her game and a willingness to work hard and absorb new information.” 

“She will benefit a lot from touring and training day in, day out with our best bowlers in the country,” he said.

The WHITE FERNS depart for England from Auckland International Airport at 2:10pm on Friday August 13. 

The first T20I against England is on September 2 at County Ground, Chelmsford.

All WHITE FERNS v England ODIs and T20s will be broadcast LIVE on Spark Sport.

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WHITE FERNS touring squad for England

Sophie Devine (c) (Wellington Blaze)

Amy Satterthwaite (vc) (Canterbury Magicians)

Suzie Bates (Otago Sparks)

Lauren Down (Auckland Hearts)

Claudia Green* (Central Hinds)

Maddy Green (Wellington Blaze)

Brooke Halliday (Northern Districts Spirit)

Hayley Jensen (Otago Sparks)

Leigh Kasperek (Wellington Blaze)

Jess Kerr (Wellington Blaze)

Katey Martin (wk) (Otago Sparks)

Jessie McFadyen* (wk) (Wellington Blaze)

Thamsyn Newton (Wellington Blaze)

Molly Penfold* (Auckland Hearts)

Hannah Rowe (Central Hinds)

Lea Tahuhu (Canterbury Magicians) 

*potential debutante

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