Amelia “Melie” Kerr didn’t necessarily set out to redefine how New Zealand views bowlers in female cricket, yet that’s apparently what has happened. The 14-year-old is still too young to drive, but not too young to emerge as one of the most promising bowlers for her entire nation’s home side.
Kerr competes for the Wellington Blaze’s women’s cricket club, taking on fellow international players both her age and significantly older. She bowls as a legspinner (wondering what a “legspinner” is? Here’s your answer). Most recently, she turned international heads when starring for the Blaze’s U-20 side, which captured the New Zealand Twenty20 national championship.
The question now is where Kerr goes next. If she keeps the mentality she’s operated with so far, she might just have an ever brighter future ahead of herself.
“I don’t really get too nervous. It was a pretty cool feeling after the game,” Kerr told Stuff.co.nz.
Added Sophie Devine, Kerr’s more outgoing teammate:
“She’s got so much potential and already she’s had a fantastic first-up year. She’s a really exciting talent for the future but we’ve got to look after her and let her breathe a bit and grow up into it and she could be a world beater.”