Bat, nap, bowl and Love Is­land

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A world record with the bat, a quick nap, ca­reer-best bowl­ing fig­ures and all rinsed down with a dose of re­al­ity TV.

By any teenager’s stan­dards, it’s pretty much the per­fect day.

At just 17, White Ferns all­rounder Amelia Kerr has al­ready been tagged as a po­ten­tial su­per­star for a cou­ple of years and last week she proved the hype is real with a record­break­ing score of 232 not out against Ire­land in Dublin.

She scored more than half of her team’s to­tal of 440-3, be­com­ing the youngest ever crick­eter to score a dou­ble-cen­tury in in­ter­na­tional cricket, a record pre­vi­ously held by Javed Mian­dad in tests when he was 19.

Open­ing the in­nings, Kerr blasted 31 fours and two sixes in her 145-ball knock to bet­ter Aus­tralian Belinda Clark’s 229 not out set back in 1997.

And Kerr’s break­out day was not done there - even though she did need a quick nap be­fore her ca­reer-best 5-17 with the ball to help her side to a 305-run win.

‘‘Af­ter my in­nings, I had a lit­tle nap,’’ Kerr said of her 10-minute sleep on the physio ta­ble dur­ing the lunch break.

A quick nap was un­der­stand­able af­ter the Tawa Col­lege stu­dent car­ried her bat through the en­tire 50 overs of the White Ferns’ in­nings.

So surely an early night was on the cards fol­low­ing the de­mand­ing but re­ward­ing day? Not when there is re­al­ity TV to catch up on.

‘‘I will sleep well, I have to stay up un­til 10 o’clock to fin­ish Love Is­land but then we’ll be in bed,’’ Kerr said.

Sadly for Kerr’s proud par­ents Rob­bie and Jo, who ar­rived in Ire­land on the day of the match, they missed see­ing their daugh­ter’s phe­nom­e­nal performance.

The young leg-spin­ner said her body was hurt­ing a bit but given the suc­cess of the day, she was happy to em­brace the pain.

’’It’s pretty sur­real,’’ Kerr said.

As she con­tin­ued to plun­der bound­aries late in her in­nings, the Welling­ton all-rounder was bliss­fully un­aware of the his­tory she was cre­at­ing.

‘‘I had no idea. I think I heard them say stuff on the speaker but I didn’t hear them be­cause ev­ery­one was clap­ping,’’ Kerr said.

Her pre­vi­ous best score in any form of cricket was a 152 for Welling­ton against Otago in an un­der-21 match.

When Kerr reached her cen­tury she had no plans of giv­ing her wicket away. Despite her lack of ex­pe­ri­ence at in­ter­na­tional level, she had a solid plan in the mid­dle.

‘‘Put the bad ball away but keep scor­ing off most balls and then I knew the power play was com­ing soon.

‘‘Once we got to the power play with only three out I was go­ing to try and go hard then,’’ Kerr said.

She said her part­ner­ship with Leigh Kasperek - the sec­ond high­est in ODI his­tory - en­abled her to bat with ag­gres­sion be­cause they were not los­ing wick­ets.

They put on 285 runs for the sec­ond-wicket in a part­ner­ship that lasted 33 overs.

When she did re­turn to the mid­dle for the sec­ond in­nings, Kerr was ex­pect­ing White Ferns cap­tain Suzie Bates to go easy on her.

‘‘I didn’t think I was ac­tu­ally go­ing to bowl to­day. I thought Suzie was just go­ing to let me have a rest in the field stand­ing at slip all day,’’ she said.

But Kerr soon be­came thank­ful for the op­por­tu­nity as she spun her way to ca­reer-best fig­ures.

PHOTOSPORT

Tawa Col­lege’s Amelia Kerr has bro­ken the world record for the high­est women’s ODI score with 232 not out.

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