Suzie Bates

Suzie has been part of the White Ferns since 2006 and is also a double international. Suzie not only plays cricket at an international level, she also plays basketball for New Zealand and Logan Thunder in the Australian Women’s basketball league.

She made her ODI debut for the White Ferns against India at Lincoln in March 2006 and her Twenty20 debut in 2007 against South Africa. Suzie played an influential part in the White Ferns’ campaign to the world cups in 2009.

Her strength with the bat lead her teams to numerous victories, especially in the ICC Women’s World Cup. In the game against Pakistan Suzie smashed 168 off 105 balls and secured a place for the White Ferns in the final against England. The 168 is the highest ODI score ever by a woman.

Suzie says her greatest achievement to date was playing at Lord’s as well as playing in the two world cup finals in one year.

When she is not being a double international Suzie is studying towards a degree in physical education and marketing from Otago University but her main focus is continuing to be an athlete.

  • Suzie is a hard hitting top order batsman and an aggressive medium-fast bowler.
  • She is a dual International who represented the New Zealand basketball team in the Beijing Olympics. She brings back to the team a wealth of energy, competitive spirit and International experience in two sports.
  • She scored a NZ record 168 at the World Cup in March.

Quick Fire questions

1. How do you manage everything? “I’ve played both sports for as long as I can remember. I’ve taken the opportunities in both sports and I’ve got a lot of support. Both sports are not full time nor fully professional.”
2. What’s your secret talent? “I rate myself on singstar! I enjoy playing but usually don’t let people listen.”
3. Any advice to rising sports stars? “Follow your passions.”


Extras...

Club: Old Boy’s Collegian
Favourite ground: Bert Sutcliffe Oval
Most memorable game: Debut vs India
Greatest influence on career: My two older brothers

My favourite holiday destination is...Maloolooba
The best advice I’ve ever received is... Go hard or go home
My favourite meal to cook is... ha Spaghetti Bolognaise is as good as it gets
My favourite food to eat is... chocolate
My sporting hero is... Jeff Wilson
My non sporting hero is... Nelson Mandella
When not playing cricket I love to... play basketball
When I was young I wanted to be... a pop star
My biggest claim to fame is... my pigtails
If I won lotto something I would definitely buy would be... a karaoke machine

 

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Bates starts campaign on positive note

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Bate, Pulford and Doolan make Women’s World Cup 2009 Team of the Tournament

Five of the team are from champion England while losing finalist New Zealand has provided three, including the 12th woman. In addition, there are three players from India and one from Australia.

Bates sets up a repeat of 1993 World Cup final

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Bates excited about achieving World Cup dream

Watching her home country win the Women’s World Cup nine years ago, Suzie Bates would have been one of many girls in New Zealand who dreamed of going to play cricket for the White Ferns at a major event.

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