Teen spin­ner makes splash at Cup

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Teenager Amelia Kerr was the only White Fern named in a women’s World Cup tour­na­ment cricket team fol­low­ing New Zealand’s dis­ap­point­ing show­ing.

The Tawa Col­lege and Welling­ton Blaze legspin­ner was cho­sen as 12th man – or maybe 12th woman – in the team se­lected by Shashank Kisore and An­nesha Ghosh on the widely-read ESPN Cricinfo web­site.

‘‘While her Tawa Col­lege mates were busy tak­ing mid-year ex­ams in Welling­ton, Kerr re­de­fined life goals for fel­low 16-year-olds and de­liv­ered mas­ter­classes in legspin,’’ the ar­ti­cle said.

‘‘As New Zealand’s youngest rep­re­sen­ta­tive at the World Cup, Kerr’s con­trol with the ball was as im­pres­sive as her abil­ity to soak up pres­sure.

‘‘Even the likes of Meg Lan­ning, [Tammy] Beau­mont and [Nat] Sciver strug­gled to ne­go­ti­ate her deft changes in pace and wily wrong’uns.’’

Kerr took 10 wick­ets in six matches – equal-top NZ wick­et­taker at the tour­na­ment in Eng­land with Leigh Kasperek – at an av­er­age of 22.40, with an econ­omy rate of 4.48.

Kerr is the grand­daugh­ter of for­mer New Zealand test player Bruce Mur­ray and the daugh­ter of Rob­bie and Jo Kerr, who rep­re­sented the Welling­ton men’s and women’s teams.

The White Ferns failed to make the semi­fi­nals of the tour­na­ment, won by Eng­land in a close fi­nal against In­dia.

PHOTO: GETTY IM­AGES

Amelia Kerr, right, cel­e­brates tak­ing a wicket for New Zealand dur­ing the Women’s World Cup match against Eng­land in Derby.

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