Greater Northern Raiders have bolstered in part their women's ranks after an innocent misunderstanding of communication.
Co-coach Darren Simmonds was under the impression the club had missed out on signing interstate recruits Belinda Vakarewa - along with Sam Bates - last week for its maiden Cricket Tasmania Premier League season.
But an initial text followed by a phone call in the middle of this week from ex-Riverside keeper Emma Manix-Geeves changed things.
"We were given the understanding that we wouldn't have any contracted players playing this season, which were were notified of," the coach said. "That's what we understood."
The New Town pair are confirmed starters for the Raiders' Kookaburra Cup division 1 40-over matches starting in December.
The 10 clubs split into two halves away from the state Twenty20 competition for the return of Tasmanian contracted players after their WBBL to prepare again for the WNCL.
Manix-Geeves and Vakarewa have played in both of the Tasmania Tigers' opening two WNCL games last month.
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Simmonds is rapt to acquire the pair for the serious part of the season.
"The division 1 competition is going to be strong with having contracted players in it," he said. "For us to be able to sign two players of that quality we are getting is going to certainly be an asset to our team."
The 21-year-old Vakarewa from Sydney had debuted for Australia two years ago against Sri Lanka in the women's World Cup.
The side will be strengthened further with North-West star Zoe Lowry also joining the Raiders away from her T20 stint at University.
"If you have the opportunity to play with and against first-class cricketers, there is just so much to learn from that," Simmonds said.
"I'll be asking our players to be sponges, ask as many questions as possible because you just can't buy that type of experience."
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