Amelia Kerr's historic White Ferns performance inspiring Black Caps

It's one thing being praised for your batting by a former Black Cap but it's even better when that person is your grandad as well. 

Amelia Kerr's historic ODI performance against Ireland this morning made grandad and former leg-spinner Bruce Murray speechless.

"You've got to pinch yourself a wee bit...she's done well," he said.  

"We're very pleased for her mostly because she's such a nice girl - that's grandparent speak."

As someone who's seen her progress through the ranks, there was always a sneaking suspicion something special was going to happen. 

"When I heard she was going to open in this particular game I thought, 'oh, that could be interesting'."

It turns out the 17-year-old's performance even caught the eye of New Zealand's other premier leg-spinner Ish Sodhi, who says he now has to play catch up.  

"I'm going to have to try and get to 50 first in the ODI format," he said.

It's definitely inspiring for me as well, to move my game forward and be someone that can contribute in so many ways to a team is really important, and that's what Amelia's doing, and I guess setting the bar for the rest of us." 

Kerr finished on 232 not out against Ireland in Dublin, scoring more than half of her team's total of 440-3.

Her innings, consisting of of 31 fours and two sixes off 145 deliveries, was enough to surpass Belinda Clark's 229 not-out scored back in 1997 to become to highest women's ODI score in history.

In doing so, she also became the youngest cricketer to score a double-century in international cricket - a record previously held by former Pakistani great Javed Miandad in when he scored a double hundred at 19 years and 140 days in a Test against New Zealand in 1976.

Ish Sodhi says the 17-year-old all-rounder is setting the bar for everyone else. Source: 1 NEWS


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Teen White Fern prodigy Amelia Kerr 'had no idea' she'd obliterated women's ODI record with unbeaten 232 - 'I can't believe it's happened'

White Ferns all-rounder Amelia Kerr was in the zone during her historic performance against Ireland this morning - so much so she didn't even know she'd broken multiple records until she came off the pitch.

The 17-year-old finished on 232 not out against Ireland in Dublin, scoring more than half of her team's total of 440-3.

Her innings, consisting of of 31 fours and two sixes off 145 deliveries, was enough to surpass Belinda Clark's 229 not-out scored back in 1997 to become to highest women's ODI score in history.

Amelia Kerr’s score is the highest ever by a women in a one day international. Source: 1 NEWS

Kerr had no idea she had even done it.

"Last ball, I hit a six and everyone was clapping but I had no clue what they were clapping about but I found at at the end when I walked off.

"It was just a crazy day - I can't believe it's happened."

In doing so, she also became the youngest cricketer to score a double-century in international cricket - a record previously held by former Pakistani great Javed Miandad in when he scored a double hundred at 19 years and 140 days in a Test against New Zealand in 1976.

Kerr credited a relaxed mindset to helping her during her time at the crease.

"I wasn't really thinking too much so my mind was pretty clear.

"Just see the ball, hit the ball, really."


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Watch: White Ferns' 17-year-old Amelia Kerr smashes unbeaten 232 against Ireland to break record for highest women's ODI score

Seventeen-year-old White Ferns star Amelia Kerr had no idea about the records she was breaking in her monumental unbeaten 232 against Ireland this morning.

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Kerr’s "surreal" innings saw her beat the record for the highest individual score in women's ODIs, after going past Belinda Clark's 221, which the Australian scored against Denmark in Mumbai.

"I had no idea (of the records), I think I heard them say stuff on the speaker 'cause everyone was clapping but I had no idea," she said.

The 17-year-old, who had only scored 174 runs in her career previously with a highest ODI score of 30, relished the opportunity to open.

"It was just nice to get an opportunity to open and get some time out in the middle, I had to work hard at the start and then once I got through that I got going a bit," an understated Kerr said.

Kerr hit 31 fours and two sixes in her 145-ball knock as she led New Zealand to a score of 440/3 in 50 overs.

Kerr became just the second woman to score an ODI double century while also becoming the youngest cricketer ever to score an international double century, breaking a record held by Pakistan great Javed Miandad.

She also hit the second most boundaries in an ODI innings, behind Rohit Sharma’s 33 in his 264.

After a "little nap", Kerr then followed up her record-breaking knock by taking 5-17 (seven overs) with her leg-breaks as the White Ferns completed a 305-run win by bowling out the Irish for 135.

Amelia Kerr’s score is the highest ever by a women in a one day international. Source: 1 NEWS