Amy Satterthwaite is a New Zealand all-rounder who currently plays for the Canterbury Magicians in the New Zealand State League and the Melbourne Renegades in the Australian Women’s Big Bash League. In 2017 she was also named as the captain of Melbourne Renegades. In the past, she has also represented Hobart Hurricanes in the WBBL. Having topped the batting averages in the 2016 Women’s World Twenty20, she was called up to play in the inaugural Super (Kia) League in England as a replacement for Sarah Coyte. She represents white ferns in both women’s One Day Internationals (ODI) and women’s Twenty20 Internationals (T20I) since 2007, appearing at the Women’s Cricket World Cup in 2009, 2013 and 2017.
Satterthwaite was born in Christchurch in 1986 and grew up in Culverden in North Canterbury. Her father, Michael Satterthwaite, represented Canterbury Country in cricket in a handful of matches and is a former chairman of Canterbury Cricket. So, cricket was not a new sport to her. Hence she started playing cricket at a very young age. She states that she grew up with cricket and “had a love for the game from when she could walk!”. Satterthwaite was employed as an office manager for a veterinary practice, and since 2015 has been employed by Canterbury Cricket.
All-rounder Satterthwaite started as a right-arm medium pacer and a left-handed bat. However, as the time changed, the batting became her first priority over the bowling. To play for a long time and keep herself injury free, she turned into an off-spinner. She debuted for her stateside – the Canterbury Magicians – in 2003 when she was aged 16. After scoring a century on the Canterbury team’s tour of England in 2006, Satterthwaite was selected for the New Zealand A team, against India in 2006. Few years after she was called up to the main New Zealand squad for the Rose Bowl series against Australia in July 2007, and made her ODI and T20I debuts then. Few months later, Satterthwaite was selected for the tour of England, where she was dropped from the first two matches. But when she got a chance she stunned everyone with the best figures in Women’s T20Is, taking 6-17 with her medium pace as New Zealand won the match by 38 runs.
Since then, she has introduced herself in World Cricket with the bat, slamming runs as a full-time regular member of the New Zealand middle order. 2012 was the breakthrough year for Satterthwaite, who by then had become batswoman rather than a bowler. She soon brought up her maiden international hundred against Australia and followed it up with a good 2013 World Cup, where New Zealand finished fourth. For her extraordinary performances, she was named the New Zealand Women’s Player of the Year in October 2012, having averaged 51.75 during that period.
When she was offered one of the first-ever semi-professional women’s contracts by New Zealand Cricket in April 2013, Satterthwaite turned down the opportunity, stating: “It wasn’t for me at this time”. She was also dropped from the squad for the 2014 Women’s World Twenty20 but propelled her way back into contention for the tour of West Indies later that year. By giving consistent performances she impressed everyone making her name to the list of centrally contracted players. This time around, she accepted the offer.
Satterthwaite was picked for the 2015 tour of West Indies and since then has never looked back. Her golden period started from the summer of 2015-16 where she became the backbone of New Zealand women’s cricket along with Suzie Bates and Devine.
She became the first player in WODI and second overall after Kumar Sangakkara in ODIs to score four consecutive hundreds. In December 2017, she won the inaugural ICC Women’s ODI Player of the Year award.