Captain Suzie Bates scores 124 not out as White Ferns set record total in T20 tri-series opener against South Africa. Before this manic day, Women's T20Is had seen only two 200-plus totals in 423 games.
Captain Suzie Bates scored New Zealand's first Twenty20 worldwide century as the White Ferns got their tri-series campaign off to a record-breaking start by smashing South Africa by 66 runs.
The new women's T20 record was set after the men's team also set a new record during the one-day internationals (481-6), proving they can hold their own in the sport. Edwards had made 2605 runs in 93 T20 innings.
Bates, on the other hand, just kept on biffing - 16 fours and three sixes all told - and had she not been deprived of the strike in the final over, she would surely have overhauled Meg Lanning's T20-highest innings of 126. Brendon McCullum's 123 against Bangladesh in 2012 World T20 was the previous highest.
Tammy Beaumont, the other centurion of the day, got her name in the record books too by biffing 22 boundaries in her 52-ball 116.
TAMMY BEAUMONT smashed 116 as England Women set a record highest global Twenty20 score against South Africa.
It was the second-fastest T20 worldwide century - only bettered by the West Indies' Deandra Dottin bringing up a hundred in 38 balls eight years ago.
Lizelle Lee of South Africa looks on as Suzie Bates of New Zealand scores runs.
South Africa crashed to a 121-run defeat to England in their Tri-Nation women's T20 worldwide in Taunton, on Wednesday. The South African Women failed to get going in the chase and finished with only 150/6 in their 20 overs.
Van Niekerk's half-century could not prevent her side from suffering the heaviest defeat in Women's Twenty20 internationals - topping the 115-run loss South Africa had inflicted on Netherlands in Potchefstroom in 2010 - on a day the Proteas will want to forget. The pair's economy-rates of 14.75 are also the worst for any bowlers to have bowled three or more overs in a Women's T20 worldwide.