New Zealand Women Hit The Highest Ever ODI Score
History was made today as the New Zealand Women’s team hit the highest ever team score in ODI cricket. They piled on a phenomenal 490 runs as they started their one-day tour of Ireland and England with a bang.
Suzie Bates, their captain, led from the front as she smashed 151 off just 94 balls. Her opening partner, Jess Watkin, hit a quickfire 62 as New Zealand had an opening partnership of 172 runs which came well inside 20 overs. Maddy Green resumed the carnage when Watkin holed out and she scored a career-best 121 taking just 77 balls. Amelia Kerr carried on the momentum in the latter stages of the innings as she struck 81 off 45.
Overall, New Zealand ended on 490/4 which was at an innings run rate of 9.8. Every single Ireland bowler went at over nine runs per over, with leg-spinner Cara Murray bowling the worst spell in ODI history of 10-0-119-2. It was a debut to forget for Murray. Ireland were bowled out for 144 in reply, which rounded off a comprehensive 346 run victory for the Kiwis. The two sides will now meet again on Sunday at Dublin.
The Previous Highest ODI Totals
New Zealand already had the record for the world’s highest ODI score before today’s onslaught. Back in 1997, the New Zealand Women scored a huge 455/5 against Pakistan in Christchurch. Maia Lewis, their skipper at that time, was the only centurion in their innings, but Debbie Hockley, Trudy Anderson and Clare Nicholson all chipped in with scores of over 70. In response, the Pakistan Women were bowled out for a shambolic 47 and they succumbed to a staggering 408 run defeat.
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The highest men’s total is still “only” 444/3 set by England against Pakistan in 2016 at Nottingham. That was courtesy of a brutal innings from Alex Hales, who smashed 171 off 122. He was also supported by a steady 85 from Joe Root and blistering cameos from Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan. When England scored this total, they broke a record that had lasted a decade, surpassing Sri Lanka’s 443/9 against the Netherlands in 2006.
The Worst ODI Bowling Figures Of All Time
A less favourable record is the one now held by Cara Murray, who has the worst ODI bowling figures of all time. What more, this was on her debut. She surpassed Shaiza Khan who previously held the record in women’s cricket, when the Pakistan leg-spinner was hit for 10-0-111-0 against Australia in 1997 as well. Australia went on to score 397/4 and dismissed their opponents for just 23.
In men’s cricket, Australian seam bowler Mick Lewis holds this unwanted record. He was dispatched for an unruly 10-0-113-0 against South Africa in 2006. This was in the thrilling ODI where Australia scored 434/4 batting first, courtesy of a 164 from their skipper Ricky Ponting, and South Africa chased it down, losing nine wickets, with a ball spare. Herschelle Gibbs was responsible for most of the damage as he blasted 175 off just 111 balls. Pakistan seamer Wahab Riaz came close to beating this record, as he conceded 10-0-110-0 in the same ODI where England scored the highest men’s total of all time.
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