Otago Sparks v Northern Districts
University of Otago Oval, Dunedin
11 December 2021
No Result (after 46 overs)
WHITE FERNS legend Suzie Bates and fellow Otago Spark Kate Ebrahim have warmed up for this morning's Dream11 Super Smash clash in Dunedin with a national record stand in the one-day Hallyburton Johnstone Shield.
Yesterday's one-day fixture against the same opponent, Northern Brave, was ultimately washed out at University of Otago Oval - but not before Bates had produced another statement innings in ICC Women's World Cup season.
The 34-year-old batter smashed one of her highest one-day scores - her 24th List A century helping set a colossal new national first-wicket record of 235 with the vastly experienced Ebrahim (88, below).
Bates reached 138, including 15 boundaries. It was the sixth highest individual score in Sparks history - and Bates has produced all six of those big hundreds.
The power pair's partnership of 235 went past Central Hinds Natalie Dodd & Jess Watkin's former New Zealand first wicket partnership record of 216 in women's List A Domestic cricket (Dodd and Anlo van Deventer still hold the all-wickets record in the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield).
The Sparks' total of 299/3 before the rain arrived at the 46-over mark of the first innings was also the team's third highest in the one-day format, the Otago record remaining standing at 332/4.