White Ferns post record 490-4

Sunday Star-Times - - FOOTBALL -

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.

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