Anna Michelle Peterson is a right-arm off-break bowler who plays for the New Zealand women’s cricket team. Her primary role in the team is that off a bowler but she also comes in handy with her bat, lower down the order as she possesses the ability to tonk the ball. Only 17 times has a hattrick been claimed in women’s T20 international matches and one of them belongs to Anna Peterson. She took a hattrick against Australia on 19th February 2017.
Early Life & Journey
Anna Michelle Peterson was born on 12 September 1990 in Auckland. In the state league, she plays for Auckland Hearts. She is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm off-break bowler.
Peterson like many other white ferns girls grew up playing cricket with her father and brother in the backyard of their house. Her cricketing journey began with Takapuna Red Stars in Auckland and she slowly made her way to the Auckland Hearts team in the state league.
Anna’s primary role in the team is off that right arm off-break bowler but she has made useful contributions with the bat throughout her career. She is a useful lower-order batter. She made her One-Day International (ODI) debut in the year 2012, but only played three games as she was left out of the side and she successfully made her comeback in the side in 2015.
Since making her way back to the White Ferns side, Peterson has found a place in the squad and with her performances, she has cemented it. Handy contributions with the bat along with her off-break bowling give Peterson a regular place in the playing 11.
Anna Peterson is the only New Zealand bowler to take a hat-trick in Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is), she achieved this great feat in February 2017 against arch-rivals Australia and the victims of her wonder moment were – Jess Jonassen, Alyssa Healy, and Megan Schutt.
Anna Peterson has made such a name for herself that she is known as a woman with nerves of steel after some gutsy performances that she has put on through the recent years. One of her outstanding performances was when she managed to concede less than three runs off a final over to claim a win over the West Indies in a T20 at Pukekura Park in 2018. Another of her classic performances came when she was surprisingly thrown the ball in the final over and responded with a hat-trick against the Southern Stars. The Auckland Heart star has become an important player for the White Ferns due to her versatility with both bat and ball.
Cricket & Stats
She made her one-day international debut on 1 March 2012 against England.
Her T20 international debut came 3 years down the line on 24th February 2015 against England.
When it comes to one-day internationals she has represented her country in 32 matches and has scored 279 runs at an average of 16. With the ball in her hand, she has managed to pick up 27 wickets in 32 matches. Her best figures in ODI’s are four wickets for 25 runs. She has an average of 17.3 and an outstanding economy of 3.50. She has two four-wicket hauls to her name.
In the shorter format of the game, the T20 internationals, she has represented New Zealand in 28 matches and has scored a mere total of 78 runs at an average of 6. She hasn’t yet done it for her country with the bat in the shorter format of the game. Since her primary role is that of a bowler she has managed to pick up 13 wickets with her best being 3 wickets for 2 runs. She has an average of 25.76 and an economy of 7.12 in the shorter format of the game. With still a lot of cricket left in her career, she would surely love to change her stats when it comes to the shorter format of the game.
Anna Peterson is the only New Zealand bowler to take a hat-trick in Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is)
Her best bowling figure in T20 Internationals is 3 wickets for 2 runs.
Full name: Anna Michelle Peterson
D.O.B: 12 September 1990
Age: 29 years
Birth Place: Auckland
Major teams: New Zealand Women, and Northern Districts Women
Playing role: Bowler
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm off-break
Hair Colour: Brown
Nationality: New Zealand
Hometown: Auckland, New Zealand