Records tumbled yet again in the women’s One-Day International series between New Zealand and Ireland, with Amelia Kerr smashing an unbeaten 145-ball 232 in the third and final game on Wednesday (June 13) to break Belinda Clark’s 20-year-old record for the highest score in women’s ODI cricket.
The 17-year-old’s knock, which had as many as 31 fours and two sixes, blasted New Zealand to a mammoth 440 for 3. It was their third consecutive score in excess of 400 – a record in men’s and women’s cricket combined.
Karr then had some fun with the ball too, picking up 5 for 17 with her legspin to bowl Ireland out for a paltry 135 in 44 overs for a 305-run victory at the Clontarf Cricket Club in Dublin. The result meant New Zealand completed a comfortable whitewash against the hapless hosts.
New Zealand opted to bat first and started strongly, Kerr adding 113 for the opening wicket with Amy Sattherthwaite, who made a quickfire 45-ball 61. The latter fell in the 15th over, but that was followed by the second-highest partnership in women’s ODI cricket with Kerr and Leigh Kasperek amassing 285 runs for the second wicket. Kasperek was the anchor, but still took only 105 balls for her 113 which contained 10 fours.
By the time Kasperek fell in the 48th over, New Zealand had gone past 400 and Kerr had already crossed her double-century. She finished the innings with two boundaries and a six that took her past Clark’s unbeaten 229 for Australia against Denmark in 1997.
Ireland tried as many as seven bowlers, but none of them could concede at less than a run a ball, Kerr taking the attack to them.
Ireland were no match and succumbed to the massive scoreboard pressure. Only three batters managed double-digit scores as New Zealand ran through the inexperienced line-up. U Raymond-Hoey, the opener, resisted with a 68-ball 42 while Shauna Kavanagh, the No. 5, scored 29 off 60 balls. The rest, though, struggled against Kerr’s legspin which yielded her first five-wicket haul.