Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

New Zealand´s Kerr hits world record 232 not out against Ireland

New Zealand´s Kerr hits world record 232 not out against Ireland

New Zealand's Amelia Kerr created history on Wednesday when broke a record that was set even before she was born, scoring a double hundred against Ireland at Dublin.

Kerr, who now holds the record for the highest ever individual score in women's ODI cricket, broke a 21-year-old record which was earlier held by the Australian Belinda Clark. Kerr's unbeaten innings makes her only the second woman to score a double hundred in ODI cricket.

Opening the innings, Kerr, 17, struck 31-fours and two-sixes in her 145-ball knock - that bettered Australian Belinda Clark's previous record of 229 - as New Zealand, for the third time in six days, posted 400-plus runs.

Kerr then completed a remarkable double with a five-wicket bag with figures of 5-17 from seven overs to help the White Ferns complete a three-ODI series sweep of Ireland. But the real frenzy began only after Ireland leggie Gaby Lewis - another 17-year-old - dismissed Satterthwaite, making room for Leigh Kasperek to arrive and join forces with Kerr for a partnership with 295 runs off just 199 balls.

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Kerr, who had only scored 174 runs in her career previously with a highest ODI score of 30, was promoted to open.

In the context of how the stand panned out, Kasperek's 105-ball 113 was a modest attempt at run-making as Kerr effortlessly accumulated boundaries by the dozen.

Kerr became the second woman to score a ODI double century while also becoming the youngest cricketer ever to score an worldwide double century, breaking a record held by Pakistan men's great Javed Miandad.

In the second ODI, they had posted 418.

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