The 19-year old left arm med-fast bowler will travel to New Zealand to compete in the championship which consists of both 50-over and T20 matches.
Pope debuted for the Scorpions in the 2014/15 season and has taken every opportunity she has been given to prove her dominance with the ball with her variety of swing keeping batsmen on their toes.
“The selection caught me totally out of the blue,” says Pope.
“Max (Scorpions coach Andrea McCauley) must have put in a good word for me.”
But Pope’s form has all the proof needed. Being a member of the Scorpion championship winning WNCL team she has winning momentum heading into the trip.
“I’m still a bit mind blown about the championship.”
“It was an amazing experience to be a part of, especially being selecting in the first XI and being on the field as we took those final wickets. It was crazy,” says Pope.
The selection makes Pope the only international player on the side but she is sure that the New Zealand girls will be welcoming and has asked fellow Kiwi Sophie Devine for tips.
“I’ve heard the grounds are low and the ball stays low and fairly slow so hopefully that works for my advantage when I’m bowling,” says Pope.
There is a strong relationship between Cricket Wellington and SACA with Scorpions’ captain Lauren Ebsary playing a number of games for the Blaze in recent years, as well as New Zealand national Sophie Devine competing for the Adelaide Strikers. Both associations are keen to keep the relationship growing.
Pope says she is honoured to be the one chosen to keep the relationship between the two cricketing bodies moving forward.
It’ll be a tournament of physical and mental endurance but Director of Wellington Cricket, Robbie Kerr believes the addition of Pope will be a weapon for the team.
“This gives us the luxury of having an extra player which is a strong advantage is such a tough physical tournament,” he said.
The championship will be played at Lloyd Elsmore Park, Auckland from the 15 - 21 December 2015. The team with the most points across both match types at the end of the tournament will be declared the winner.
Last year’s player of the Tournament, Rebecca Burns, will captain the Wellington side.