Teen spin sensation Amelia Kerr becomes youngest woman to earn NZ Cricket contract

  • 21/09/2017
Kerr has taken 25 wickets for the Ferns this season, at an average of just 22.65 runs.
Kerr has taken 25 wickets for the Ferns this season, at an average of just 22.65 runs.

Legspinner Amelia Kerr has become the youngest women's cricketer to earn a New Zealand Cricket contract.

The 16-year-old, who made her White Ferns debut last November, was one of three players offered deals for the next year.

Kerr and Auckland's Maddy Green are included in the 15-strong contracted group while allrounder Anna Paterson returns.

The trio replace Liz Perry, Morna Neilsen and Sam Curtis on the list.

Tawa College student Kerr says becoming a professional cricketer has been her goal for some time.

She earned it on the back of 25 wickets in 15 limited-overs appearances for New Zealand, including some stand-out performances during the failed women's Cricket World Cup campaign in England.

"The last year's all happened pretty fast, but I've really enjoyed the experience and I'm excited about the future," she said.

White Ferns coach Haidee Tiffen described Kerr as a precocious talent, harbouring skill and confidence in equal measure.

The White Ferns will return to action next month against Pakistan, with details of a tour to the United Arab Emirates to be unveiled soon.

White Ferns central contract list: Suzie Bates, Erin Bermingham, Sophie Devine, Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Katey Martin, Thamsyn Newton, Katie Perkins, Anna Peterson, Rachel Priest, Hannah Rowe, Amy Satterthwaite, Lea Tahuhu.

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