Kiwi teen sets batting record in women's ODI

Amelia Kerr scored a Women's ODI record of 232 not out for New Zealand against Ireland in Dublin

Amelia Kerr scored a Women's ODI record of 232 not out for New Zealand against Ireland in Dublin

New Zealand batter Amelia Kerr created history on Wednesday when she blasted a record-breaking unbeaten 232 against Ireland to become the second woman to score an ODI double-hundred at Dublin. She has also taken 31 ODI wickets.

Making her 145-ball knock more extraordinary is that Kerr is a specialist legspinner, who was only promoted to open because teammates were rested.

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.

"It was pretty surreal. I knew that the powerplay was coming so once we got to the powerplay, with only three out, I was going to try to go hard then". Kerr notched up her 200 off the 134th delivery she faced with a boundary in the 46th over. But once I got through that it got a bit easier.

"I think I heard them say stuff on the speaker, but I didn't hear them because everyone was clapping", she said. It's pinging off nicely. "I was a bit sore".

"After my innings I had a little nap and then went out to field". Amy Satterthwaite (61 off 45 balls) and Kerr provided the team with a flawless start, scoring 113 for the first wicket.

Kerr was also involved in the second-highest partnership in women's ODI cricket, as she and Leigh Kasperek (113) put on a mammoth 285 runs for the second wicket.

"I found I was opening a couple of days before the game, which was a bit of a surprise", she said. I've grown up in junior cricket as an opener who bowls leg spin. "In the future I want to be equal at batting and bowling".

New Zealand now travel across the Irish Sea to face England and South Africa in a Twenty20 tri-series, from June 20-July 1.

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