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