It’s the height of the 2016-17 summer of cricket with both the BLACKCAPS and WHITE FERNS in action against formidable opposition in South Africa and Australia, respectively.

As these sides chase victory on the field, we’ve charted the progression of New Zealand’s highest individual ODI score. From the mark set in the first ODIs played by our national sides, to the current records which were both set in Cricket World Cups, they highlight some of the great performances by New Zealand with the bat in ODI cricket.


Lynda Prichard hit 70 in the first ODI the WHITE FERNS’ played (their first scheduled ODI was abandoned before the toss could take place) and she would hold the record for eight and a half years. Prichard’s mark was beaten by Barb Bevege as she hit the WHITE FERNS’ first ODI century. Although a lot of time passed between these innings, only a few ODIs were played in the intervening years as most women’s ODI cricket was largely limited to Cricket World Cups. This is emphasised by the first three high scores, and the current record, all coming at these tournaments.

Much like the BLACKCAPS, the current record holder will go down as one of New Zealand’s best ODI players. When Suzie Bates hit 168 against Pakistan in 2009 it was one record among many as she put on a partnership of 262 with Haidee Tiffen in a massive 223-run victory.

ScorePlayerOpponentDateVenueNew Zealand
70Lynda PrichardTrindad & Tobago23 June 1973Clarence Park,
St Albans, England
198 years, 7 months, 20 days
101Barb BevegeInternational XI12 January 1982Eden Park No 2,
Auckland, New Zealand
10356 years, 10 months, 22 days
114Nicki TurnerNetherlands4 December 1988North Sydney Oval No 2, Sydney, Australia45417 years, 6 months, 14 days
117Debbie HockleyEngland18 June 1996Riverside Ground,
Chester-le-Street, England
8621 month, 1 day
135*Karen Le ComberIreland19 July 1996Pembroke Cricket Club,
Dublin, Ireland
8814212 years, 8 months
168Suzie BatesPakistan19 March 2009Drummoyne Oval, Sydney, Australia230

As at 22 February 2017


After Mark Burgess top-scored in the BLACKCAPS’ first ODI, the mark was bettered in three of the next four matches New Zealand played, capped off by Ken Wadsworth’s century in our 5th ODI. A year later at the first men’s Cricket World Cup, Glenn Turner would dismantle the East African bowling attack in setting a national record that would stand for another 30 years.

Martin Guptill is among the best ODI batsmen to have played for the BLACKCAPS and he has set the two most recent records. His 189* against England, off the back of an innings of 103*, sealed a series victory for New Zealand. It would take a special innings to better that one, and Guptill delivered that during the 2015 Cricket World Cup. His 237* in the quarter final against the West Indies became, not just the BLACKCAPS’ highest ODI score, but the highest score ever recorded in a Cricket World Cup match.

47Mark BurgessPakistan11 February 1973Lancaster Park,
Christchurch, New Zealand
115 months, 7 days
55Vic PollardEngland18 July 1973St Helen's,
Swansea, Wales
228 months, 12 days
82Bevan CongdonAustralia30 March 1974Carisbrook,
Dunedin, New Zealand
411 day
104Ken WadsworthAustralia31 March 1974Lancaster Park,
Christchurch, New Zealand
531 year, 3 months, 7 days
171*Glenn TurnerEast Africa7 June 1975Edgbaston,
Birmingham, England
846930 years, 1 month, 17 days
172Lou VincentZimbabwe24 August 2005Queens Sports Club,
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
4771617 years, 9 months, 9 days
189*Martin GuptillEngland2 June 2013Rose Bowl,
Southampton, England
638432 years, 1 month, 19 days
237*Martin GuptillWest Indies21 March 2015Westpac Stadium,
Wellington, New Zealand

As at 22 February 2017