New Zealand Women created history in the One Day Internationals by posting the highest total of 490/4 surpassing the previous record held by their own country 455 in 1997 and the Kiwis achieved the landmark while playing against Ireland in Dublin on Friday (June 8).
The day was also memorable for Captain Suzie Bates, who became New Zealand’s highest run-getter in Women's ODIs surpassing Debbie Hockley. She also has termed the White Ferns’ efforts as "unbelievable".
As per reports in Cricbuzz, Bates said, “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. We've got some really powerful players, and Sophie Devine hadn't even been out there, so look out! There was a point at the 30th over, when we were around 265 (288 for 2). [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.”
Hockley is generally considered as New Zealand's greatest Woman cricketer over the years, and Suzie, who has four Test hundreds and was the first woman to complete the milestone of 4000 ODI runs, as well as the first woman to play 100 ODIs and the highest run-getter (1501 runs) in the history of Women's World Cup, is over the moon after surpassing her record.
She signed off by saying, “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. 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.”