Satterthwaite named player of the year


For the second year in a row, a White Fern has taken out the ICC Women’s ODI Player of the Year award.

Canterbury Magicians batsman Amy Satterthwaite has been recognised for her outstanding 2016-17 season by winning the top One Day prize, one year on from Captain Suzie Bates claiming the award.

Over the voting period from 21 September 2016 to 31 December 2017, Satterthwaite scored 1,183 runs in 24 ODIs at an average of 84.5 and claimed 20 wickets.

The 31-year-old, who won her 100th ODI cap at the recent ICC Women’s World Cup, also became just the second player ever to score four consecutive ODI centuries, joining the illustrious company of Sri Lankan great, Kumar Sangakkara.

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Satterthwaite, who is currently captaining the Melbourne Renegades in the WBBL, said it was a special moment to be recognised as the best One Day player in the world.

“It’s certainly a great honour and pretty humbling to be honest,” she said.

“The first six months were a lot of cricket and I really enjoyed myself in the middle. Everyone talks about the four hundreds and you need situations to go in your favour to do something like that. It was pretty special and something I will always remember.

“It’s also nice to take over the award from Suzie and keep it in New Zealand hands. Hopefully we can make it a White hat-trick next year!”

Satterthwaite was runner-up for the supreme award, the inaugural Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year, which went to Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry.

The White Fern are next in action in March when they face World T20 Champions the West Indies in an eight-game tour.