White Ferns post record 490-4
Suzie Bates and Maddy Green struck centuries against Ireland as the White Ferns reached 490-4, the highest score in one-day international history to set up an emphatic win in their first ODI yesterday.
Bates hit two sixes and 24 fours to score 151 from 94 balls while Green scored 121, with one six and 15 fours.
The White Ferns shattered their own 21-year-old record, set when they scored 455-5 against Pakistan in Christchurch in 1997. The highest ODI score in the men’s game was set in 2016 when England scored 444-3 against Pakistan at Nottingham.
Jess Watkin (62) and Amelia Kerr (81) also recorded half-centuries, with Wellington teen Kerr striking three sixes and nine fours off 45 balls.
The White Ferns were particularly harsh on Ireland leg-spinner Cara Murray who went for 119 runs from her 10 overs, but did claim two wickets.
In Ireland’s turn at bat they were rolled for 144, giving the New Zealanders a 346-run victory. The Irish wickets were spread around by the White Ferns, though Leigh Kasperek cleaned up the tail to claim 4-17 off 2.3 overs.
Speaking after the White Ferns’ innings, captain Bates said the 490-4 effort was ‘‘unbelievable’’.
‘‘To set a world-record for men’s and women’s cricket is pretty special and it’s going to take a bit to chase it down,’’ Bates said.
Bates’ 10th ODI century saw her surpass the great Debbie Hockley (4066) as the White Ferns’ all-time ODI leading runs scorer with 4192 runs.
‘‘When it happened and came over the loud speaker I did actually have a bit of a moment because you think about the hard work you have done and the people who have helped you get here,’’ Bates said.
Bates’ 94-ball innings featured a strike rate of 160.63, the second-highest in an innings of 100 or more in women’s ODI cricket.
In all, the White Ferns belted a whopping 64 fours and seven sixes, and produced century stands for the first two wickets – the first time a team has done this since 2000.
The 172-run opening stand by Bates and Watkin was the sixth highest in White Ferns history, and added to Bates’ record of being involved in 27 100-run ODI partnerships for her country.
The teams meet again tomorrow for the second game in the three-match ODI series.