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Amelia Kerr registers highest individual score in Women's ODIs

Amelia Kerr registers highest individual score in Women's ODIs Amelia Kerr registers highest individual score in Women's ODIs
Kristopher Love | 16 June, 2018, 18:59

The 17-year-old tore up the record books in Dublin by reaching 232 not out against Ireland on Wednesday, the highest score in women's one-day worldwide cricket.

Australia's Belinda Clark had held the record - 229* against Denmark in 1997, three years before Kerr was born. Today she was completely dominant, carrying her bat through the entire innings and smashing a world-record for women's cricket of 232* (145 balls; 31 x fours, 2 x sixes).

It is the third highest ODI total ever, beaten only by India's Rohit Sharma (264) and Kiwi Martin Guptill's 237 against the West Indies in 2015.

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.

Not only that, Kerr's score is also the third highest score in ODIs in both men's and women's category. She reached the landmark when she smacked seamer Amy Kenealy down the ground for a six off the last ball of the innings. Kerr made light work of the lower order and fittingly sealed victory when she bowled No. 11 Cara Murray for a duck to end with figures of 7-1-17-5. She became the first cricketer to score a double century and take a five-for in the same ODI match.

Kerr had no idea she had even done it.

135 - Kerr brought up her double century in just 135 balls making it the fastest in all worldwide cricket (Men/Women). "I was a bit sore". Leigh Kasperek also scored a brilliant century, as New Zealand finished with 440/3 on their allotted 50 overs. But once I got through that it got a bit easier. I had a wee nap after my innings, before going back on the field. Amelia's double ton helped New Zealand post a huge total of 440 with the loss of only 3 wickets and this is the first time a team has scored over 400 in three consecutive ODIs.