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Bates becomes top T20I runscorer

22 June 2018

Suzie Bates in action for the New Zealand White Ferns

Adelaide Strikers WBBL captain Suzie Bates has become the world’s top female T20I runscorer after another record-breaking innings for New Zealand.

Bates, who led the Strikers to their maiden WBBL finals campaign last summer, surpassed former Striker Charlotte Edwards’ total of 2,605 runs with a blistering century against South Africa in Taunton.

The 30-year-old became the first New Zealand woman to score a T20I ton with an unbeaten 124 off only 66 balls, including 16 fours and three maximums.

Bates’ opening partnership of 182 alongside fellow Striker Sophie Devine, who finished with 73 from 48 deliveries, was also the highest for any wicket in all T20I fixtures.

The gun allrounder is now the world’s most prolific female runscorer in T20I cricket having hit 2,639 runs in 97 matches.

County Championship for Bates, Edwards

New Zealand’s 1/216 was the biggest T20I team total in women’s cricket, but the record only stood for a matter of hours.

England smashed a team tally of 250 later on the same afternoon at the same venue, also against South Africa, with Striker Tammy Beaumont leading the way with 116 from 52 balls.

Suzie Bates led from the front in her first season as Strikers skipper

Bates has been in scintillating form of late. The White Ferns skipper helped her side post the biggest ODI score in history (490) against Ireland earlier this month with 151 from 94 balls in the 346-run rout.

She’s currently second in the ICC’s T20I batting rankings but looks likely to claim top spot in the next leaderboard update.