Dublin(June 14, 2018): New Zealand teenager Amelia Kerr shattered a world record in women’s ODI cricket with a blistering 232 not out against Ireland on Wednesday.
Kerr amassed the record total just days after her team’s record-breaking 490 for four against Ireland which was cricket’s highest-ever one-day international total.
The 17-year-old, whose average was just 29 going into the match, hit 31 fours and two sixes to surpass the 229, scored by Australia’s Belinda Clark against Denmark in 1997.Kerr’s inning is also the third-highest individual score by a man or woman in one-day international history.
At 17 years, Kerr is the youngest double-centurion in international men’s or women´s cricket.
“It was pretty surreal. It was just nice to get the opportunity to open and get some time out in the middle,” Kerr mentioned to the New Zealand Cricket website.
Kerr along with Leigh Kasperek (113), scored the highest partnership, put on a mammoth 285 runs for the second wicket.
“I had to work hard at the start but once I got through, I got going and had a good partnership with Leigh which allowed me just to play how I wanted to play and try to hit boundaries because we weren’t losing wickets,” explained Kerr.Upon asking if her approach altered after she reached three figures, Kerr replied: “Not much changed too much; I just wanted to keep batting.
I thought ‘put the bad ball away and keep scoring off most balls’. I knew that the powerplay was coming so once we got to the powerplay, with only three out, I was going to try to go hard then.”
Kerr said it was only when she came off the field, was realised by her team-mates that she had rewritten cricket’s record books.
“I had no idea. I think I heard them say stuff on the speaker, but I couldn’t hear because everyone kept clapping.”Kerr also starred with the ball, taking five for 17 in seven overs as New Zealand went on to beat Ireland by 305 runs after dismissing the hosts for 135 in Dublin.
Victory saw the White Ferns complete a 3-0 series sweep over Ireland, with every one of those wins by colossal margins of over 300 runs.
New Zealand will now travel across the Irish Sea to face England and South Africa in a Twenty20 tri-series and then play with world champions England in a three-match ODI series.