Amelia Kerr dominates NZC Cricket Awards 2020-21; Amy Satterthwaite wins ODI Player of the Year

Amelia Kerr in action against Australia © Getty Images

Allrounder Amelia Kerr won big at the New Zealand Cricket Awards f0r the 2020-21 season bagging International T20 Player of the Year as well as Super Smash Player of the Year during the digital awards on Tuesday (April 13). Amy Satterthwaite was named ODI Player of the Year for her performance during the season.

20-year-old Kerr scored 147 runs from nine T20Is including a career-best of 36 against Australia during their solitary win in the recently concluded series. She also took five wickets during the season. She was the player of the match when New Zealand defeated Australia in Brisbane during their tour in September 2020. She took 2 for 18 from four overs before scoring an unbeaten 18 off 10 to take her side to victory.

In the Super Smash, Kerr was third among the top run-getters and wicket takers. She scored 361 runs from 11 innings at an average of 51.57 and a strike rate of 134.70 including four fifties and took 14 wickets at an average of 15.21 including a hat-trick in the final.

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Experienced Satterthwaite was named ODI Player of the Year on her return to cricket post maternity break where she scored a century against England during their solitary win of the season in the format. She scored 304 runs from nine matches with the best of 119 not out.

Frances Mackay, who led Canterbury Magicians to twin titles winning Super Smash as well as HBJ Shield, was named the Domestic Player of the Year.   30-year-old Mackay finished as the leading wicket-taker in the Super Smash taking 20 wickets at an average of 9.55 and an economy rate of 4.81 from 11 matches while in the HBJ Shield she took 14 wickets from nine matches with best figures of 5 for 40. She was also the second-highest run-getter in the one-day competition with 455 runs from nine matches at an average of 56.87 with best of 142. Only Kate Ebrahim who scored more runs than her during the season in the format.

29-year-old Ebrahim won the Ruth Martin Cup for women’s domestic batting for performance through the season when she scored 480 runs from 11 matches in HBJ Shield to finish at the top while also amassing 292 runs from 11 matches in the Super Smash 2020-21. She also had the fortune of hitting the winning run to take Magicians to the title in both the finals.

Leg-spinner Sarah Asmussen won the Phyl Blackler Cup for women’s domestic bowling for her performance through the season where she was the leading wicket-taker in HBJ Shield taking 19 wickets from 11 matches at an average of 18.84 for Magicians. She also took five wickets in the Super Smash.