For the third time in a row, the Kiwi captain won the toss and elected to bat first. New Zealand has used three different opening combinations in this 3-match series against Ireland, and in this match, captain Suzie Bates gave a chance to young Amelia Kerr to open the innings with Amy Satterthwaite, and they both gave a good start to the team.
Satterthwaite and Kerr added 113 for the opening stand in 14.1 overs. In the partnership, Satterthwaite was in attacking mode, as she scored 61 in 45 balls, with 10 fours. After Satterthwaite got out, Kerr was joined by Leigh Kasperk. Both were in good touch, and not a single Irish bowler was able to break their partnership. New Zealand were going solidly towards another big total for the third consecutive time. That put pressure on Irish bowlers, and due to that, they gave away 30 extras.
During this partnership, both Kaspersky and Kerr scored their maiden ODI hundreds, and Kerr further converted her maiden ODI hundred into a double hundred, while simultaneously entering the record books, by scoring the highest individual score in women’s ODI cricket. With this score, she broke the record of Australia’s Belinda Clarke’s 229, that was scored in 1997 against Denmark in Mumbai. She also became only the second women to score a double century in ODIs. Alongside that, she became the joint third youngest (17 Y 243 Days) woman to score a maiden century, and the youngest to score a double century across formats in International cricket. She scored her double century in 134 balls, and became the fastest woman to score a double century. Her innings of 232 not out, consisted of 31 fours and 2 sixes. During the historic innings, she also hit the highest number of fours in women’s cricket, and second highest in overall cricket. (Rohit Sharma hit 33 fours during his record-breaking 264 against Sri Lanka.)
Kerr and Kasperek added 295 runs together, the highest second wicket partnership in women’s ODIs. The New Zealand women’s team also became the first team in the history of ODI cricket, to score 400 or more runs in their third consecutive match.
Kasperek scored her maiden ODI hundred in 97 balls in the 46th over. Martitz bowled Kasperek for 113, but Kerr was unstoppable and New Zealand finished with 440 for the loss of 3 wickets in 50 overs.
While chasing 441, Ireland lost quick wickets at the start. At one point, Ireland were 5 for 101 in 27.4 overs, but after that Ireland went all out for 135 in 44 overs. Opener Reymond Hoey was the highest run scorer for Ireland. After impressive batting, New Zealand all-rounder Kerr impressed with her leg spin too. She took 5 wickets for just 17 runs in 7 overs, and New Zealand won the match by 305 runs. For the third time in a row, New Zealand won the match by a margin of 300 or more, and also won the series 3-0.
Amelia Kerr was named the player of the match for her unbeaten 232 and 5 for 17, and was also named as the player of the series for being the leading run scorer (342 runs) and also the leading wicket-taker (8 wickets).