Teenager Amelia Kerr blasts highest score in women's ODI history

Kiwi teenager sets batting record in women's one-day cricket

Kiwi teenager sets batting record in women's one-day cricket

New Zealand's Amelia Kerr on Wednesday broke the record for the highest individual score in women's ODI in a match against Ireland in Dublin. The 17-year-old Kerr had scored less than 174 runs in ODI cricket before smashing the Irish bowlers to all parts of the ground during her innings of 232 not out of 145 deliveries.

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.

Kerr said it was only when she came off the field, to be told by her team-mates, that she realised she had rewritten cricket´s record books.

"I had throwdowns without a helmet, there was one short one I pulled which I had to watch really hard so my eye was in quite well". But once I got through that it got a bit easier.

"I didn't think [captain Suzie Bates] was going to bowl me - I thought she was just going to have me stand at slip all day". It's pinging off nicely.

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"I had to work hard at the start but once I got through (that), I got going and had a good partnership with Leigh which allowed me just to play how I wanted to play and try to hit boundaries because we weren´t losing wickets", explained Kerr.

"I could hear announcements [about her records] being made over the loudspeakers but I couldn't hear because of all the clapping".

"I had a nap in between innings", she said. She became the first cricketer to score a double century and take a five-for in the same ODI match.

Kerr has previously batted down the order for the national team, but was elevated to opener in Dublin and has long-term aspirations to return there. "In the future I want to be equal at batting and bowling".

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