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

More than 500 pieces of sandpaper banned at Australia-England cricket match

More than 5000 pieces of sandpaper were banned from the Oval as the ODI series between England and Australia got off to a predictable start in the wake of the ball tampering scandal.

English fans handed out the pieces of sandpaper, which were branded "4" and "6", to spectators at several spots around the London ground.

Organiser and local entrepreneur Mark Skred had hoped it would be taken in good fun but didn't realise security were banning them before spectators entered the Oval, reports. 

"I had one Aussie give me a bit of stick, but it was all in good fun," he said.

Australia went on to lose the match, the first since captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and Cameron Bancroft had been banned for ball tampering, by three wickets. 

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 13:  Cricket fans wave sandpaper four cards at Ashton Agar of Australia during the 1st Royal London ODI match between England and Australia at The Kia Oval on June 13, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
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New Zealand cricket great Sir Richard Hadlee diagnosed with bowel cancer

Sir Richard Hadlee has been diagnosed with bowel cancer.

New Zealand Cricket revealed the news in a statement this morning.

"Last month, Richard had a routine, 3-year colonoscopy, and we discovered that he has bowel cancer," New Zealand Cricket said.

"He has since had an operation to remove the tumour. This operation went extremely well and he has made an excellent recovery from surgery.

"As a safeguard, further treatment in the form of chemotherapy will commence shortly and last for a few months.

"It is expected that, in time, he will have a full recovery.

"Our reasons for making this statement are a desire to be transparent, and to prevent the inevitable speculation and incorrect rumours.

"I would also request people's understanding and acceptance of our request for privacy while we go through the next few months, both for ourselves and for the extended Hadlee family."

Sir Richard took 431 Test wickets in 86 tests, and at one stage held the world record for most test wickets.

He remains eighth on the all-time list.

The Black Caps great talks to ONE News reporter Kimberlee Downs ahead of the opening Test against Australia in Brisbane.
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