September, was a big month for White Fern Anna Peterson, who re-earned a White Ferns contract and was appointed the Auckland Hearts Captain for both the 2019/20 Hallyburton Johnstone Shield and Super Smash campaigns.
While the Anna Peterson cricket journey started as a five year old at the Takapuna Cricket Club in Auckland, a family shift to Tauranga, saw the aspiring cricketer come under the umbrella of the Bay of Plenty Cricket age-group pathway.
In the last couple of decades, the Bay of Plenty Cricket pathway has seen Matthew and Robbie Hart along with Daniel Flynn, Kane Williamson, Graeme Aldridge and Trent Boult selected for the Black Caps, with Anna Peterson making her White Ferns debut against England in 2012.
The real success of the Bay of Plenty Cricket passageway, in addition to the Bay New Zealand representatives, is the myriad of players who have gone on to play professional and senior representative cricket.
Anna joined the Mount Maunganui Cricket Clubs junior program, on arrival in the Western Bay of Plenty, with her junior representative career beginning with selection in Bay of Plenty and ND Girls Under 14 teams. This was followed by her selection in Bay and ND Secondary sides.
The (then) Year 12 Aquinas College student, made her senior debut in the ND Women's Development team before making her Northern Spirit debut in the 2007/08 season. In 2015, an employment opportunity resulted in Anna relocating to New Zealand's biggest city and making her Auckland Hearts debut.
Anna's White Ferns debut came against England on the 1st March 2019. She has gone to play 60 matches for the New Zealand Women's team, scoring 358 runs in ODI and International Twenty 20's and capturing 40 wickets in the two forms of the game.
Anna Peterson will be forever remembered in the telling of New Zealand Cricket history. A stunning last over hat-trick, took the White Ferns to victory in a Twenty 20 clash with Australia, on the 12 February 2017. Anna became the first White Fern to take an international T20 hat-trick and just the fourth in International Women's T20. The magic spell of bowling came from the first three balls of the final over with Australia needing 11 runs for victory.
The new Auckland Hearts skipper has played 145 NZ Cricket domestic matches for Auckland and Northern Districts, taking over from Maddy Green who has moved to Wellington.
Hearts Head Coach, Nick White said, "We are excited to announce Anna as our new captain. Anna brings with her an excellent temperament and understanding of the game". “Anna is an astute tactician. She will relish working with an exciting squad, who continue to enjoy learning about the game."
The Auckland Hearts head to Hobart to play four pre-season hit-outs against the Hobart Hurricanes, before their first Hallyburton Johnstone One-Day game against the Wellington Blaze, at the Basin Reserve on the 16th November 2019.
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