Full name Aimee Louise Watkins
Born October 11, 1982, New Plymouth, Taranaki
Current age 34 years 103 days
Major teams Central Districts Women, New Zealand Women
Also known as Aimee Mason
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Relation Brother - ARN Mason
|Test debut||India Women v New Zealand Women at Vapi, Nov 27-30, 2003 scorecard|
|Last Test||England Women v New Zealand Women at Scarborough, Aug 21-24, 2004 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Australia Women v New Zealand Women at Adelaide, Feb 20, 2002 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India Women v New Zealand Women at Aston Rowant, Jul 7, 2011 scorecard|
|T20I debut||England Women v New Zealand Women at Hove, Aug 5, 2004 scorecard|
|Last T20I||India Women v New Zealand Women at Aldershot, Jun 27, 2011 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|32||NZ Women||v India Women||Aston Rowant||7 Jul 2011||WODI # 786|
|59||NZ Women||v Eng Wn||Derby||2 Jul 2011||WODI # 782|
|2/54, 7||NZ Women||v Aus Women||Chesterfield||30 Jun 2011||WODI # 779|
|15, 2/16||NZ Women||v India Women||Aldershot||27 Jun 2011||WT20I # 113|
|29, 0/27||NZ Women||v Aus Women||Taunton||26 Jun 2011||WT20I # 111|
|14, 0/21||NZ Women||v India Women||Bristol||25 Jun 2011||WT20I # 110|
|0, 0/24||NZ Women||v Eng Wn||Chelmsford||23 Jun 2011||WT20I # 108|
|1/31, 49||NZ Women||v Aus Women||Brisbane||16 Jun 2011||WODI # 778|
|9, 1/18||NZ Women||v Aus Women||Brisbane||14 Jun 2011||WODI # 777|
|0, 3/17||North Is Wmn||v South Is Wmn||Lincoln||27 Mar 2011||Other OD|
A spin-bowling allrounder, Aimee Watkins first came to the notice of the New Zealand selectors as a member of the New Plymouth Girls' High School team which won the 2000/2001 Yoplait Cup. A true allrounder, she is a powerful hitter of the ball and an accurate offspin bowler. She was a member of the 2001 New Zealand Cricket Academy and toured Australia with the New Zealand 'A' team, later debuting for New Zealand in the 2001-02 Rose Bowl Series.
Watkins won the State Plate award that season given to the best women's domestic player after she captained State Central Hinds to the State League title, taking 16 wickets and scoring 280 runs in the process. She was in mixed form in the ODIs on the tours of Australia and England in 2007: two centuries and a 81 punctuating five innings that yielded four runs. It was with the ball that she starred in the 2009 World Cup, finishing as New Zealand's leading wicket-taker with 11, including 4 for 2 against South Africa. She took over as New Zealand captain after Haidee Tiffen's retirement in 2009, and led the team with distinction to two World Twenty20 finals.
Though she never added to her two Tests, Watkins passed 100 ODIs for New Zealand and when a chronic knee injury - and a desire to see something of life outside the game after 10 years as an international - prompted her retirement in July 2011 she was ranked in the top 10 one-day batsmen and the fifth-best allrounder in world cricket.
Cricinfo Staff July 2011
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