New Zealand cricketer Hayley Jensen married Australian cricketer Nicola Hancock last weekend in a same-sex wedding, and the picturesque milieu has taken over social media by storm. All-rounder Hayley, who played for Melbourne Stars in the first two editions of Women’s Big Bash League, married Nicola Hancock, who represents Team Green in the Australian T20 league. Hayley, however, has made it to the Melbourne Renegades for the third edition.

The wedding was announced by Melbourne Stars on Twitter. The beautiful pictures from the ceremony is what every woman’s dreams are made of.

“From #TeamGreen, congratulations to Stars bowler Nicola Hancock who married her partner Hayley Jensen last weekend!” the caption read.

At the ceremony, the two love birds took vows to make each other happy for a lifetime. They met during Australia’s Big Bash League franchise Melbourne Stars where they have been teammates for two straight seasons. The couple has celebrated a lot of personal success in the T20 league.

Highlights

  • Jensen and Hancoc are Melbourne Stars teammates
  • They joined the league of New Zealand’s teammates Amy Satterthwaite and Lea Tahuhu who got married last year
  • In New Zealand, homosexual marriage has been legal since 2013
  • Hayley Jensen and Nicola Hancock appeared together in the Women’s Big Bash League

Jensen is an all-rounder who won the prestigious Una Paisley medal for being Victoria Women’s Premier Cricket league’s best player of the 2017-18 season. She made her international debut in 2014 while Hancock had a stellar season of BBL where she triumphed as the second highest wicket-taker with 13 wickets from 14 matches. She finished the latest season with an average of 19.92.

Apart from endorsing LGBTQA+ lives, the two cricketers also promote same sex marriage that has been legal in New Zealand since April 2013. It took a while but was legalised in Australia much later in December 2017.

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Jensen also became the first ever female to score a century for the Melbourne Cricket Club when she struck 122 against Prahran in March 2015. Hayley has played 8 ODIs and 20 T20Is.

However, since the time the wedding pictures went viral online, netizens are calling it an unnatural relationship, and advocating against same-sex marriage. Instead of celebrating the love the two share, society is shaming the couple.

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Same-sex marriage bill was registered for legalisation and was passed by the New Zealand House of Representatives on 17 April 2013 by 77 votes to 44 and received royal assent on 19 April.

In the past too we had celebrated love without a boundary. Last year South Africa women’s cricket team captain Dane van Niekerk and teammate Marizanne Kapp got hitched. The pair became the second couple among current international cricketers after New Zealand pair of Amy Satterthwaite and Lea Tahuhu, who had tied the knot in March 2017.

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