Special first part of trans-Tasman cricketing marriage

Two of Australia and New Zealand’s rising cricket stars have put a unique slice of history in the books, becoming the first trans-Tasman cricketing couple to tie the knot.

New Zealand and Perth Scorchers all-rounder Hayley Jensen and Melbourne Stars pace bowler Nicola Hancock shared news of their union via social media.

The pair were married on April 12, sharing their exciting news a week later.

Jensen has played eight ODIs and 20 T20 matches for New Zealand, establishing herself as a regular at the national level.

Australian bowler Nicola Hancock tied the know with partner and New Zealand all-rounder Hayley Jensen. Picture: TWITTER/@StarsBBL

Hancock, 23, is yet to play a game for the Melbourne Stars, but that didn’t stop the couple becoming the fourth cricketing pair to tie the knot in the last three years.

Their marriage follows that of New Zealand duo Leah Tahuhu and Amy Satterthwaite in 2017, while South Africa’s Dane van Niekerk and Marizanne Kapp were wedded last year.

Fellow New Zealanders Liz Perry and Maddy Green were also married earlier this year.

Aussie and Kiwi connections

While Jensen and Hancock’s marriage was the first trans-Tasman union in cricket, it wasn’t the first ever.

Matildas star Tameka Butt and New Zealand footballer Kirsty Yallop married in Norway earlier in 2019.

The pair, who are currently teammates for Klepp IL, held their ceremony in New Zealand in February.

Butt took Yallop’s name, recently wearing it on the back of her Matildas jersey for the first time.