Amy Satterthwaite, the 31-year old all-rounder from New Zealand re-joins Lancashire Thunder ahead of the third edition of Kia Super League this year.
An all-rounder, Satterthwaite is a left-handed batter and bowls right arm off-spin. She has played nearly 90 T20 International matches, amassing 1355 runs in 79 innings, at an average of 21.50. With her right arm off spin, she has taken 23 wickets, at an average of 22.04 and has an economy rate of 7.02.
Her best bowling figures of 6/17 came in T20I against England, which is the only 6-wicket-haul in T20I’s. She has also equalled the record of Lydia Greenway for taking the most number of catches in a single ICC Cricket World Cup series in 2017.
Lancashire Thunder was pleased to have signed Amy Satterthwaite for the third season of Kia Super League. She has been a member of this team from the starting of this league and captained the side in the inaugural year of the tournament. In both the previous editions, Satterthwaite was the highest run scorer for Lancashire and they will be hoping for a repeat of her earlier performances. She was also the leading run scorer for Melbourne Renegades in the 2017/18 Women’s Big Bash League with 368 runs which included two fifties. She also took 11 wickets for the Renegades and her all-round performance earned her the title of ‘Player of the Tournament.’
Satterthwaite becomes the second player to be picked by Thunder, after the signing of Indian T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur last week. On Satterthwaite continuing with Lancashire Thunder, newly appointed Head Coach, Alex Blackwell said, “I am delighted that we have had the opportunity to bring Amy back to Lancashire Thunder for the 2018 Kia Super League. She is a world-class performer who is vastly experienced and has enjoyed success on both the international stage and in domestic cricket competitions around the world.” She further added, “Amy knows Lancashire Thunder and Manchester well, as she has played her cricket here since the start of the Kia Super League. I have no doubt that she will play an important role for us again this season.”
Satterthwaite too was eager to play for Lancashire Thunder again and told the media, “I’m so excited to be back playing for Lancashire Thunder for a third consecutive season. I’ve been part of Thunder since the start of the Kia Super League and had the honour of captaining the side back in 2016.” She also added, “Last season’s KSL was disappointing for us, but I feel that this side can definitely challenge and as a squad we are determined to do so, especially now that we have Alex Blackwell in as our Head Coach. Alex is somebody that I have competed against in international and domestic cricket. I am looking forward to working under her leadership and I hope that she can pass on some of her experience.”
Due to the increase in popularity, the number of matches has been doubled from 5 to 10, per team in the group stages from this summer, with each team playing one match at home and one away. Lancashire Thunder will play against Loughborough Lightning in their first match of the tournament at Southport, on Sunday, the 22nd of July. The top three teams with the most points, after the group stage, will advance to the final day at Hove, on August 27.