Allrounder Amelia Kerr bagged the Women’s ODI Player of the Year Award on the second day of the 2022 New Zealand Cricket (NZC) Awards on Wednesday (April 13).
Kerr represented New Zealand in 12 ODIs in that period, including a five-match series against India and seven games during the ICC World Cup. She scored 554 runs at 61.55 while taking 16 wickets at an economy rate of 4.98. Her highest ODI score of the period came in the second ODI against India in Queenstown. The 21-year-old's unbeaten knock helped New Zealand take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
The ever-consistent Suzie Bates, who topped the batting charts during the 2021-22 season of Super Smash with 504 runs across 12 matches, won the Ruth Martin Cup for batting excellence. Bates was also amongst the top three run-scorers for Otago in the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield (HBJ) at an average of 43.60.
“For me, it was just simplifying it,” Bates reflected on her domestic summer with the bat. "I went back to what I’m good at which is hitting straight and not trying to add things to my game. Mentally trusting that what I had was good enough, just standing still and reacting - and that’s the key for anyone really. I was able to do that for periods of time and have some success and hopefully for the rest of my career, I can remember that,” she added.
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Bates’ Otago team-mate, 22-year-old Eden Carson, earned the Phyl Blackler Cup for bowling excellence on the back of excellent performance in both competitions. In the Super Smash, Carson took 17 wickets in 12 matches at an average of 15.82. She turned the game with her five-wicket haul in the HBJ Shield final against Wellington. Throughout the 50-over competition, Carson bagged 14 wickets in six innings. She played an important role in Otago's title-winning squad.
2022 NZC Awards
International Women’s T20 Player of the Year: Sophie Devine (Wellington Blaze)
International Women’s ODI Player of the Year: Amelia Kerr (Wellington Blaze)
Women’s Super Smash Player of the Year: Amelia Kerr (Wellington Blaze)
The Ruth Martin Cup for women’s domestic batting: Suzie Bates (Otago Sparks)
The Phyl Blackler Cup for women’s domestic bowling: Eden Carson (Otago Sparks)
NZC Community Awards
Gillette Venus Young Player of the Year: Fran Jonas (Auckland Cricket)
Community Cricket Activator of the Year: Frances Stewart (Cricket Wellington)
Best Female Engagement Initiative: Young Leaders (Cricket Wellington)
Outstanding Contribution and Services to Coaching: Maria Lankeshwar (nee Fahey) (Sydenham Cricket Club)
Best Diversity and Inclusion Initiative: Counties Manukau Premier League (Counties Manukau)
Community Cricket Collaboration Initiative of the Year: Canterbury Cricket