State League

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National women's one-day league
Formerly State Insurance Cup (1998-2001); State League (2001-2009); Action Cricket Cup (2010-12). There was no naming sponsor in 2009-10, or from 2012-13 to date.
Sport One-day cricket
Founded 20th century
Inaugural season 1998–99
No. of teams 6
Country  New Zealand
Most recent
champion(s)
Auckland Hearts
Most titles Canterbury Magicians (8 titles, including one shared [see below])

The National women's one-day league is the premier domestic women's one-day cricket competition in New Zealand. The competition was first competed for as the State Insurance Cup, from 1998–99, replacing the national tournament (Hallyburton Johnstone Shield). A Twenty20 competition was added in 2007-08. It is contested in a round-robin format, in which each of the six teams plays each other - once at Twenty20, then twice in one-day matches. Each team hosts two others, and one round is held at Lincoln immediately after Christmas each year, with all teams playing one day on each of the three grounds at the venue. The two teams that finish at the top of the respective tables then compete in a final to determine the champions at each format.

The five teams which competed in the inaugural season of the State Insurance Cup; Auckland Hearts, Canterbury Magicians, Central Districts Hinds, Otago Sparks and the Wellington Blaze were joined in the following 1999–2000 season by a sixth team; Northern Districts Spirit.

The inaugural State Insurance Cup was won by Canterbury,[1] beating Auckland by 167 runs. The same two sides contested the next four finals, with Auckland winning on each occasion. The only shared title was in 2003–04, when rain prevented any play on either the original or reserve day, resulting in Canterbury and Wellington being declared joint winners. Rain also prevented play in the one-day final in 2009–10, but Central Districts were declared the competition winners as they had topped the points table in the round-robin.

One-day competition Twenty20 competition
Season Winner Runner-up Winner Runner-up
1998-99 Canterbury Magicians Auckland Hearts
1999 - 2000 Auckland Hearts Canterbury Magicians
2000-01 Auckland Hearts Canterbury Magicians
2001-02 Auckland Hearts Canterbury Magicians
2002-03 Auckland Hearts Canterbury Magicians
2003-04 Canterbury Magicians and Wellington

(final not played)

2004-05 Canterbury Magicians Auckland Hearts
2005-06 Central Districts Hinds Canterbury Magicians
2006-07 Canterbury Magicians Wellington Blaze
2007-08 Canterbury Magicians Central Districts Hinds Canterbury Magicians

(no final scheduled)

2008-09 Canterbury Magicians Wellington Blaze Wellington Blaze Canterbury Magicians
2009-10 Central Districts Wellington Blaze (final not played) Central Districts Hinds Auckland Hearts
2010-11 Canterbury Magicians Wellington Blaze Canterbury Magicians Wellington Blaze
2011-12 Auckland Hearts Canterbury Magicians Canterbury Magicians Auckland Hearts
2012-13 Canterbury Magicians Auckland Hearts Wellington Blaze Canterbury Magicians
2013-14 Otago Sparks Auckland Hearts Auckland Hearts Canterbury Magicians
2014-15 Auckland Hearts Canterbury Magicians Wellington Blaze Otago Sparks
2015-16 Auckland Hearts Wellington Blaze Canterbury Magicians Central Districts Hinds

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Canterbury Women v Auckland Women". CricketArchive. 1999-01-23. Retrieved 2010-02-23.