It’s not very often that you get to see 400+ being scored in test cricket, let alone in ODI cricket. In the men’s circuit, only 17 times in the history of ODI cricket has the 400-run barrier been crossed. Today, the New Zealand women set a new record straight that probably won’t be broken by the men for years to come. Who said women can’t be as good as men?
As a move to promote cricket in associate nations, the New Zealand women toured Ireland to play 3 ODIs and a single T20I, but I’m sad to say that it won’t be happening again anytime soon as the Kiwis absolutely annihilated Ireland in their own background, becoming the first team ever to score 400+ in three consecutive games.
Here are their last three scores:
- 1st ODI: 490/4 – Suzie Bates 151, Maddy Green 121.
- 2nd ODI: 418/10 – Sophie Devine 108.
- 3rd ODI: 440/3 – Amelia Kerr 232*, Leigh Kasperek 113.
Amelia Kerr’s 232*
So as if scoring three 400+ totals was not enough, they decided to go ahead and break personal records as well. We all remember Belinda Clark’s 229*, which made her the first ever cricketer to score a double century in ODIs, even before anyone did so in men’s cricket. That 21-year old record was broken by teenager Amelia Kerr today as New Zealand women demolished the Irish women for a third consecutive game today. She registered the highest ever score in women’s cricket and mind you, Kerr is just 17 years of age. What’s more? She was thrown the ball and she picked up a career-best 5/17 as well. You’re quite stupid if you don’t know who picked up the player of the match award in this game then.
Margin of victories
They won the 1st ODI by a massive 346 runs, won the 2nd ODI by 306 runs and won the 3rd ODI by a margin of 305 runs. That makes them the first team to win three games in a row with a margin of 300+ runs as well. I’m pretty sure such destructive will never be repeated and it’s going to take years, if not decades, to replicate such carnage. Remember, NZ women won the one-off T20I by a massive 10-wickets and Sophie Devine also registered the fastest ever ODI century by a NZ women in the 2nd ODI. The record books are certainly going to need a few new pages after this bilateral series. Phew!
Have a look at the ambitious Amelia Kerr when she was just 14 years old: