New Zealand's Amelia Kerr hits 232 to smash women's ODI record

The Guardian Australia - - Technology / Sport -

New Zealand’s Amelia Kerr hit a world record 232 not out in the third one-day in­ter­na­tional against Ire­land and then took five wick­ets to com­plete a re­mark­able day for the 17year-old. amp;#xa0;

Kerr bat­ted through the in­nings and sur­passed the 229 not out set by Aus­tralia’s Belinda Clark against Den­mark in 1997 with a four-four-six se­quence from the fi­nal three de­liv­er­ies as New Zealand posted 440 for three. amp;#xa0;

She hit 31 bound­aries and two sixes in her 145-ball knock, then af­ter a 10-minute nap on the physio’s ta­ble be­tween in­nings, took 5-17 as Ire­land were bowled out for 135 to give the White Ferns a 305-run win and 3-0 se­ries vic­tory. amp;#xa0;

Kerr and Leigh Kasperek, who scored 113, com­bined for the sec­ond largest part­ner­ship of all time in women’s cricket of 295 runs for the sec­ond wicket. amp;#xa0;Kerr, how­ever, said she had no clue when she was bat­ting that the records were tum­bling. amp;#xa0;

“I think I heard them say stuff on the speaker and ev­ery­one was clap­ping but I had no idea,” said Kerr, who had not even heard of the pre­vi­ous record holder and was born three years af­ter Clark made her score. amp;#xa0;

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“Af­ter my in­nings I had a lit­tle nap and then went out to field. I was a bit sore,” Kerr said. “I didn’t think I was go­ing to bowl. I thought Suzie would let me stand at slip all day.”

New Zealand, who posted a world record for men and women when they scored 490 for four in the first one-day in­ter­na­tional, now head to Eng­land for a tri­an­gu­lar Twenty20 se­ries with the hosts and South Africa.

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New Zealand’s Amelia Kerr hits out at Clon­tarf Cricket Club.

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