New Zealand’s 17-year-old Amelia Kerr has scored 232* (145) against Ireland Women
New Zealand Women are playing a limited overs series against Ireland Women in Ireland. The series includes a one-off T20I and 3 ODIs. New Zealand won the T20 game and then the first two ODIs.
The 3rd ODI is being played at Dublin. New Zealand won the toss and chose to bat first. Amy Satterthwaite and Amelia Kerr opened the batting for the visitors. They shared a 113-run opening partnership out of which Amy scored 61. Kerr was joined by Leigh Kasperek in the 15th over.
The pair batted for 33.1 overs and scored 295 runs, the second-highest ODI partnership in women’s ODI cricket. They fell just 25 runs short of India’s Deepti Sharma and Punam Raut who scored 320 against the same opposition.
Amelia Kerr had only one ODI half century. The 17-year-old just blasted away to score 232* which is the highest individual score in women’s cricket. She went past Australia’s Belinda Clark’s 229* against Denmark Women.
Kerr became the youngest cricketer to score a double century in ODI cricket. She also became the first cricketer to covert their maiden ODI hundred into a double hundred.
Kerr reached her half-century in 45 balls. The next 50 runs came in 32 balls as she got to her hundred in just 77 balls. The New Zealand Women had a strong hand on the game by then. It ensured Kerr to play freely and score the record innings in no time. She reached her 150 in 102 balls. So, the third fifty took just 25 balls.
The fourth fifty took another 33 balls. Kerr scored her double century in 135 balls. She was then chasing the highest ever score. With 18 balls to go in the innings, she needed to get 27 runs to get there. After the end of the 48th over she was still on 205 and needed 25 runs in the last 12 balls.
It took another 2 balls for her to be on strike. In the last 4 balls of the 49th over, she scored 12 runs (4 2 4 2). Three singles started the last over of the innings and she required 12 runs from the last 3 balls of the innings. Kerr just took apart Amy Kenealy and hit her for 2 boundaries and a six to get to 232*. New Zealand scored 440/3 in their quota of 50 overs.
Amelia Kerr is a bowling all-rounder for the New Zealand women. Her humongous score of 232* has given a new dimension to her batting and she will get a lot of confidence to score runs all over the world. She will prove to be a huge boost to the side. The next Women’s World Cup is 3 years away and Kerr will have to step up her game to ensure she becomes one of the stars of the side along with Suzie Bates and Amy Satterthwaite. If these three remain in form, there are a lot of good days ahead for the White Ferns as they are commonly called.