Bates leads Ferns to world record

Suzie Bates
Suzie Bates
White Ferns skipper Suzie Bates had a blast in Ireland on Saturday.

Bates led the White Ferns to a record-breaking total in a one-day international against Ireland in Dublin.

The White Ferns batted first and scored a monstrous 490 for four off their 50 overs.

It was the  highest score in one-day international history.

Bates hit two sixes and 24 boundaries to score 151 runs from 94 balls, while middle-order player Maddy Green scored 121 runs with one six and 15 boundaries.

The visiting side then bowled out Ireland for 144 to win the match by 346 runs.

"It’s unbelievable," Bates, who scored her 10th ODI century, said.

"To set a world record for men’s and women’s cricket is special and it’s going to take a bit to chase it down."

"The wicket we played on was a really good cricket wicket and the outfield was lightning fast, so that definitely helps. I think the Irish team was without some of their key players and bowlers, and I don’t know how many of them have bowled against players who consistently hit the ball hard. Look, we did play some really good cricket. To score 490 is pretty unbelievable, no matter who it’s against."

Bates’ 94-ball innings featured a strike rate of 160.63, the second-highest in an innings of 100 or more in women’s ODI cricket.

The White Ferns hit a whopping 64 fours and seven sixes, and produced century stands for the first two wickets — the first time a team has done this since 2000.

Bates and Jess Watkin’s 172-run opening stand was the sixth highest in the side’s history, and incredibly added to Bates’ record of being involved in 27 100-run ODI partnerships for her country.

Bates reached 4192 ODI runs to surpass Debbie Hockley (4064) as the all-time leading run-scorer for the New Zealand women’s team.

She told local media it was a moment to reflect on when she passed the record set by Hockley and one she was immensely proud of.

The Black Caps actually held the record of the highest total in a one-day international, having scored 455-5 against Pakistan on home soil in 1997.

Though no-one seems to have the definitive figure, more than 3000 ODIs have been played since they started in the early 1970s.

The teams were due to play the second of three games overnight.

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