There are few places more perfect for a game of backyard cricket than the wide-open spaces of an international airport, as has been showcased at Wellington Airport with a special game to build anticipation for the 2022 ICC Women's Cricket World Cup.
On Wednesday morning, Wellington Airport transformed its runway into a special wicket to mark 100 days to go until the event starts in Aotearoa.
Wellington Airport staff took their position as fielders on the runway along with White Ferns stars Maddy Green, Jess Kerr and Jess McFadyen. Conditions favoured the bowlers with a smooth, fast wicket and a strong breeze.
"Wellington Airport has hosted some very cool events on our runway over the years, but this is the first time it's been used as a cricket wicket," Steve Sanderson, Wellington Airport's Chief Executive said.
"Our staff have loved being involved and it's exciting we're able to start planning for big events again and welcoming people back to the Capital."
The ICC Women's Cricket World Cup 2022 is coming to Aotearoa for 31 matches across 31 days starting at the Bay Oval, Tauranga on March 4.
The cricketing festivities start in Wellington on March 13 with a blockbuster match at the Basin Reserve between New Zealand and Australia. It's followed by a further six matches including a quarter final and semi-final.
CWC22 CEO Andrea Nelson says while the cricket was great on the tarmac, she can't wait for the cricket to begin back in one of New Zealand's iconic cricket venues.
The Women's Cricket World Cup will be held at venues across New Zealand with the majority taking place in Tauranga, Wellington and Christchurch which will host the final. Only two games are taking place in Auckland.