NZ Women set all-time highest ODI total of 490
09 Jun 2018, 09:54 | updated: 09 Jun 2018, 09:55
On an ‘unbelievable’ day when New Zealand Women posted a total of 490 and she herself became the leading run scorer for her country, Suzie Bates, the captain, revelled in all the records broken.
Bates brought up her 10th century, Maddy Green her first, while teen stars Amelia Kerr and Jess Watkin made fifties against Ireland to post a world record total in one-day international cricket on Friday, 9 June, reports icc-cricket.com.
In doing that, they went past their own previous 455/5 made against Pakistan in Christchurch in 1997.
‘To set a world record for men’s and women’s cricket is pretty special and it’s going to take a bit to chase it down,’ said Bates after the 346-run win.
Hailing the fearless cricket on display, she sounded out a warning: ‘We’ve got some really powerful players, and Sophie Devine hadn’t even been out there, so look out!’
The opener admitted that at one point she did wonder if international cricket’s first 500 might be on the cards.
‘There was a point at the 30th over, when we were around 265. [You know] the old saying that you double the score on 30 – and I thought, oh, we could be onto 500 here. You think you can’t keep carrying on, but it’s a really good wicket, lightning fast outfield.’
Bates’s 151 took her to 4192 runs, surpassing Debbie Hockley (4066) as the all-time leading run-scorer in ODIs for the country.
‘When it happened and came over the loud speaker, I did actually have a bit of a moment because you think about the hard work you have done and the people who have helped you get here.
‘It’s nice to sit back sometimes and say, oh, I’ve played some good cricket over the years.
‘You can’t compare records,’ she added. ‘Debbie was a player that all the girls looked up to and that 2000 World Cup team was a real inspiration to us. We’re just wanting to play good cricket and I hope the likes of Amelia Kerr and Jess Watkin can pass that record one day.’
For Ireland, it was a chastening day on the field with a bunch of records they’d sooner forget. Coach Aaron Hamilton urged an inexperienced team to put the game behind them and look for consistency.
‘It was a tough day in the field. We have a young group and I think they really saw what it was like to play international cricket today,’ he said.
‘The thing the team can take out of today is how one of the top sides in the world are so consistent, and that they keep going right to the end. It’s something that we could learn from.
‘We have the day off tomorrow – we’ve told them to have a think about the performance overnight, then forget about it.
‘As I said, we have a young group, but if we can become more consistent and take our chances, then we’ll come out of this fine.’