NZ vs SL: Cotton first marked her presence in the men’s game as a TV umpired in 2020 during a tied contest between India and New Zealand in Hamilton.
New Zealand’s Kim Cotton on Wednesday came the first woman on- field arbiter in a full- member men’s T20I during New Zealand’s alternate match against Sri Lanka in Dunedin.
Cotton, 48, has preliminarily officiated in 54 women’s T20Is, both as an on- field and television arbiter, besides 24 women’s ODIs since 2018.
Cotton first marked her presence in the men’s game as a television arbiter in 2020 during a tied contest between India and New Zealand in Hamilton.
Cotton has also officiated in three T20 World Mugs and an ODI World Cup since 2018, including the tests in 2020, 2022 and 2023.
Preliminarily, Australia’s Claire Polosak had come the first womanish match functionary in a men’s Test match when she slipped the fourth arbiter’s part during the 2021- 22 Border Gavaskar jewel Test between India and Australia in Sydney.
Adam Milne’s five- gate haul and Tim Seifert’s unbeaten 79 set up New Zealand’s nine- gate palm in the alternate Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka on Wednesday, with the match also earning womanish arbiter Kim Cotton a place in history.
Seifert smashed six sixes in his 43- ball blitz as New Zealand gamboled home with5.2 overs to spare to position the three- match series and gain a cerebral edge ahead of Saturday’s decider in Queenstown.
Auckland- born Cotton came the first womanish arbiter to stand in a men’s transnational match between two transnational Cricket Council full- member countries.
Before, Milne claimed a career-stylish 5- 26 to help drift out Sri Lanka for 141 in 19 overs, which proved below- par at Dunedin’s University Oval, which has fairly short boundaries.
Sri Lanka lost its openers cheaply and after Kusal Perera( 35), Dhananjaya de Silva( 37) and Charith Asalanka( 24) shored it up, the bus came off its innings in the alternate half.
Sri Lanka, which had won the opening match on Sunday via Super Over, lost its last eight lattices for 50 runs with Milne claiming three in the final over.
New Zealand’s chase got off to a blazing launch with Chad Bowes( 31) hitting Dilshan Madushanka for four boundaries in the alternate over, including three in a row, throwing the attachment out of the attack.
Seifert assured there was no respite for the sightseer indeed after Bowes fell as he tore into the Sri Lankan attack, sealing New Zealand’s palm with back- to- back sixes.
Sri Lanka’s sloppy catching didn’t help its cause either as it dropped both Seifert and home captain Tom Latham, who remained unbeaten on 20. Know More Latest Cricket News…