NZ women hit record T20 score against South Africa


TAUNTON: New Zealand have broken the world record for the highest score in a women’s T20 international after they made 216-1 against South Africa.

The White Ferns posted the total in their opening tri-series match.

Opener Susie Bates top scored with 124 not out off 66 balls as she and Sophie Devine (73) put on a T20 record 182 for the first wicket at Taunton.

Bates also moved past former England batter Charlotte Edwards as the leading run-scorer in women’s T20s.

Bates, 30, fell just two runs short of equalling the individual batting record of 126 made by Australia’s Meg Lanning against Ireland in 2014.

Earlier this month the Kiwis broke the ODI world record when they made a 490-4 against Ireland in Dublin.