Kiwi teenager hits 232 not out, smashes womens ODI batting record

Kiwi teenager hits 232 not out, smashes womens ODI batting record

New Zealand teenager Amelia Kerr shattered a world batting record in women's one-day worldwide cricket with a blistering 232 not out against Ireland on Wednesday.

She surpassed former Australian captain Belinda Clark's unbeaten 229 against Denmark in 1997, three years before Kerr was born. She drove the second ball of the over to long-on for a single before hitting two fours and a six on the last three balls of the over to cap the innings to set the new record.

Kerr's 232 is the third-best in all ODI cricket, after Rohit Sharma's 264 for India against Sri Lanka in 2014 and fellow New Zealander Martin Guptill's 237no against Windies during the 2015 World Cup.

A student of Tawa College, Kerr reflected on her roots in Wellington's northernmost suburb, where she played much of her age-group cricket before debuting for New Zealand in 2016.

Kerr's onslaught is also the third-highest individual score by a man or woman in one-day worldwide history.

Kerr then had a mid-game nap before returning to the field to claim 5-17 - clean bowling all of her victims - as Ireland were skittled for 135.

Amelia Kerr in action against Ireland Women
Amelia Kerr in action against Ireland Women

At 17 years and 243 days, Amelia Kerr is the youngest double-centurion in global men's or women's cricket. She said: "I think I heard them say stuff on the speaker and everyone was clapping but I had no idea".

Quoted by The Guardian, Kerr revealed that she didn't know the women's record had been broken. In the first ODI on Friday, New Zealand women had scored the all-time highest score in 50-overs format's history by piling up 490/4.

Making her 145-ball knock more extraordinary is that Kerr is a specialist legspinner, who was only promoted to open because teammates were rested.

New Zealand Women are playing a limited overs series against Ireland Women in Ireland. "Got to have a bowl, it was nice, and the pitch was turning, which obviously helps me".

She says at the time, the White Ferns had so little money put in that their coach was only part time comparing it to the money being sunk into the men's game.

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