Schoolgirl Scores Big On The Hawkins Basin Reserve

Amelia Kerr

Amelia Kerr after her match winning century in the NZCT final

There will be many more, but schoolgirl Amelia Kerr will always be the first to score a T20 hundred at the Basin

Original article written by Tim Barton for the Dominion Post on 28th March 2014

Most cricketers only dream of scoring a century at the Basin Reserve. Melie Kerr has ticked that off her bucket list aged 13.

Kerr, a precociously talented year 9 pupil, who comes with a cricketing pedigree, scored 113, from 65 balls, as the Tawa College girls’ first XI beat Wellington Girls’ in a Twenty20 match yesterday.

The game doubled as the final of the Wellington secondary schools premier one competition and also determined who would represent Wellington at the national secondary schools tournament in December.

Kerr has probably become the youngest player to score a century at the Basin, a venue that is rarely used below an interprovincial level, and is believed to be the first to score a Twenty20 century on the ground.

She also showed that her father, Robbie, director of cricket for Cricket Wellington and coach of the Tawa team, was a man of little faith.

“How many runs do you think I could score if I batted all innings,” Kerr had asked her father yesterday morning. “About 70” was the reply. “I was a bit disappointed by that,” Melie said after her innings.

“But when I saw that I was on 50 with 10 overs to go, I thought ‘I can get a century here’.”

Playing at the Basin meant that Kerr was able to keep track of her progress, through the scoreboard, and she showed few nerves as she moved from 99 to 103 with a boundary. “It didn’t bother me. I like to know how many runs I have.”

Kerr, who was out in the final over, and her opening partner Makaylah Mason-Jones put on more than 170 as Tawa scored 180-1 and then restricted Wellington Girls’ to 125-3 in 20 overs.

It should be no surprise that Kerr has shown a liking and a talent for cricket. Her father, and mother Jo Murray, both represented Wellington and grandfather Bruce Murray, who was among the spectators yesterday, played for New Zealand.

As well as playing alongside older sister Jess for the girls’ first XI, Melie plays for the Tawa College year 9 boys’ team and with considerable success.

She has made 248 runs, with a top score of 80 and an average of 49, for the year 9 team and is also the wicketkeeper, while she averages over 90 with the bat for the girls’ first XI and also bowls leg spinners for the first team.

She is the first girl to be given dispensation to play in the boys’ secondary schools grades since Sophie Devine, who was also at Tawa College.

Kerr’s targets for the year include making the New Zealand women’s under-20 indoor cricket team for the World Cup – both she and her sister are in the training squad – and to make the Wellington women’s under-21 team next summer.