New Zealand Ireland Women 490 418 Sophie Devine
Sophie Devine (file photo) led the charge with a 61-ball 108 © Getty Images

New Zealand Women  had piled up an ODI world record (across genders) score of 490 for 4 against Ireland Women in the first match of the 3-ODI series at YMCA Ground, Dublin, on June 8. Ireland had folded for 144 in response to lose by 346 runs. In the second match on June 10 at the same ground, New Zealand piled up 418 and skittled out Ireland for 112, thus winning by 306 runs and taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. New Zealand now hold the top three scores in Women’s ODIs:

Totals of 400 in Women’s ODIs
Score Team Against Venue Season
490/4 New Zealand Ireland Dublin (YMCA) 2018
455/5 New Zealand Pakistan Christchurch 1996-97
418 New Zealand Ireland Dublin (YMCA) 2018
412/3 Australia Denmark Mumbai (BKC) 1997-98

This was also the sixth time a side had won a Women’s ODI by 300 or more runs (the fifth happened two days ago). New Zealand are the only side to have won a Women’s ODI by over 400 runs. Interestingly, Netherlands has achieved this, against Japan Women.

300-run margins of victory in Women’s ODIs
Margin Winner Score Against Score Venue Season
408 runs New Zealand 455/5 Pakistan 47 Christchurch 1996-97
374 runs Australia 397/4 Pakistan 23 Melbourne (Wesley) 1996-97
363 runs Australia 412/3 Denmark 49 Mumbai (BKC) 1997-98
346 runs New Zealand 490/4 Ireland 144 Dublin (YMCA) 2018
306 runs New Zealand 418 Ireland 112 Dublin (YMCA) 2018
301 runs Netherlands 375/5 Japan 74 Schiedam 2003

Suzie Bates, top-scorer in the first ODI, did not even play the second. Amy Satterthwaite led instead. The innings was set up by Sophie Devine‘s brutal onslaught at the top (108 in 61 balls). Devine hit 13 fours and 6 sixes, which accounted for 88 of her runs.

Contributions also came from Maddy Green (50 in 36), Satterthwaite herself (48 in 42), wicketkeeper Bernadine Bezuidenhout (43 in 38), and Anna Peterson (46 in 36). New Zealand might have hoped for a bigger total at 231 for 2 in the 24th over, but Lara Maritz (4 for 58) restrained them somewhat.

Cara Murray, who had conceded a world record (across genders) 119 from her 10 overs on debut, went for 96 in her 8 overs. Her career figures read 18-0-215-4, amounting to an economy rate of 11.94.

In response, Ireland Women folded quickly, inside 36 overs. Cecelia Joyce (26), captain Laura Delany (33), and Shauna Kavanagh (18) were the only ones to reach double figures. The wickets were shared by seven bowlers. The last 7 wickets fell for 25 in 62 balls.