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Amelia Kerr played in 12 One-Day Internationals for New Zealand during that time, including a five-match series against India and seven games during the ICC World Cup. She scored 554 runs at 61.55 and took 16 wickets at a 4.98 economy rate. Her best ODI score came in the second ODI against India in Queenstown. The unbeaten knock by the 21-year-old helped New Zealand take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
Suzie Bates, who led the Super Smash batting charts with 504 runs in 12 matches during the 2021-22 season, was awarded the Ruth Martin Cup for batting excellence. Bates was also one of Otago’s top three run scorers in the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield (HBJ), with an average of 43.60.
“It was just simplifying it for me,” Bates said of her domestic summer with the bat. “I went back to what I’m good at, which is hitting straight, rather than trying to improve my game.” Mentally trusting that what I had was adequate, simply standing still and reacting – and this is the key for anyone. “I was able to do that for periods of time and have some success, and hopefully I can remember that for the rest of my career,” she added.
Eden Carson, a 22-year-old Otago teammate, won the Phyl Blackler Cup for bowling excellence after excelling in both competitions. Carson took 17 wickets in 12 matches in the Super Smash, with an average of 15.82. Her five-wicket haul in the HBJ Shield final against Wellington changed the game. Carson took 14 wickets in six innings during the 50-over competition. She was a key member of Otago’s championship-winning team.
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