Amy Ella Satterthwaite
October 07, 1986, Christchurch, Canterbury
Left hand bat
Right arm offbreak
Top order batter
Allrounder Amy Satterthwaite, who hails from Canterbury, is a right-arm medium pacer who bats left-handed and has developed into one of the finest batters in the world. In 2017 she equaled Kumar Sangakkara's record of four ODI centuries in consecutive innings and came within 15 runs of standing alone with five when she fell for 85 against Australia in Mount Maunganui.
Known as "Branch" due to her distinct height advantage, she debuted for her state side - the Canterbury Magicians - in 2003, aged 16. She was called up to the main New Zealand squad for the Rose Bowl series against Australia in July 2007 and made her ODI and T20I debuts. A month later, Satterthwaite was selected for the tour of England, where she was omitted from the first two matches, before she stunned everyone with, at the time, the best figures in Women's T20Is, taking 6 for 17.
Since then, she has predominantly made her mark with the bat at the international level, especially in the ODI format, hammering runs as a regular feature of the New Zealand middle order. She hit her maiden international century in December 2012 against Australia and followed this up with scores of 103 and 85 in successive matches against England in the 2013 Women's World Cup.
Offered one of the first-ever semi-professional women's contracts by New Zealand Cricket in April 2013, Satterthwaite turned down the opportunity, stating: "It wasn't for me at this time". She was omitted from the squad for the 2014 Women's T20 World Cup, but forced her way back into contention for the tour of West Indies later that year, and by July, 2015, had impressed enough to ensure she was added to the list of centrally contracted players - this time around, she accepted the offer.
Having topped the batting averages in the 2016 T20 World Cup, she was called up to play in the inaugural Super League in England, and it was later that year that she embarked on her magnificent run of form in the one-day game. From the beginning of 2016 until early 2019 she averaged over 61 in ODIs before she took maternity leave to have her first child with wide Lea Tahuhu. She returned to the game in late 2020.
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