The Wellington Blaze will be well represented at the ICC Women’s World Cup in June/July 2017 with three players selected to represent the WHITE FERNS.
At just sixteen years old, Amelia Kerr is set to become New Zealand’s youngest ever representative at a World Cup.
The Year 12 Tawa College student made her international debut against Pakistan in November 2016 and after a prolific domestic season, which saw her finish as Wellington’s Player of the Year with the most runs and as joint top wicket taker, has been confirmed in the 15 player WHITE FERN squad.
Kerr is joined by Blaze teammates and established international super stars, Rachel Priest and Sophie Devine. Devine is returning from a broken thumb sustained in the WBBL in January 2017, while 31 year old Priest is already in England adapting to local conditions and playing county cricket for Berkshire.
Wellington’s other hopeful contender for a place at the World Cup was Blaze captain Liz Perry. Perry earned a recall into the national squad in November 2016 after recovering from shoulder surgery, but has now found herself omitted from the fifteen player squad. The 29 year old specialist bat and prolific fieldsman put up a compelling case for selection with her domestic performances, but a string of low dismissals in the Australian series in early 2017 was a last minute set-back as the squad transitioned into winter preparations.
Suzie Bates, who in 2016 became the first player to win both the ICC Women’s ODI and T20I Player of the Year awards in the same year, will captain the side in her third 50-over World Cup.
“It’s going to be the most competitive World Cup ever. It’s a hugely exciting time for women’s cricket at the moment and we know we enter the tournament with plenty expected of the WHITE FERNS – and that’s great.”
WHITE FERNS coach Haidee Tiffen was confident with the mix of players in her squad. “It’s really exciting to have Amelia in the squad and she’s proved herself more than ready for the big stage. With the likes of Suzie Bates, Amy Satterthwaite, Katey Martin and Sophie Devine – we’re not short on leaders in the group… we’ll turn up in England as a tight, motivated unit.”
While several senior players are already in England playing county cricket, the majority of the squad and the full support staff will depart for the United Kingdom on June 10, before opening their campaign against Sri Lanka in Bristol on June 24.
WHITE FERNS World Cup squad (caps in bold)Suzie Bates, Captain, (98), (Otago)
Erin Bermingham, (31), (Canterbury)
Sophie Devine, (80), (Wellington)
Maddy Green, (10), (Auckland)
Holly Huddleston, (18), (Auckland)
Leigh Kasperek, (9), (Otago)
Amelia Kerr, (7), (Wellington)
Katey Martin, (57), (Otago)
Thamsyn Newton, (8), (Canterbury)
Katie Perkins, (55), (Auckland)
Anna Peterson, (20), (Auckland)
Rachel Priest, (80), (Wellington)
Hannah Rowe, (10), (Central Districts)
Amy Satterthwaite, Vice-Captain, (95), (Canterbury)
Lea Tahuhu, (46), (Canterbury)
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