02 October 2023
Lea Tahuhu Makes History as First White Fern to Claim 100 ODI Wickets
Lea Tahuhu has made history becoming the first White Fern to reach 100 ODI wickets. She achieved the feat when she caught and bowled South African opener Tazmin Brits during the White Fern’s second ODI against South Africa.
Her exceptional bowling prowess has long been recognised on the international stage, and she has consistently been a key player for New Zealand in various formats of the game.The fast bowler has an impressive international record with an average of 29.82, economy of 4.50 and best bowling of 5/37.
Despite Tahuhu’s historic feat, the White Ferns ended up losing the match by 7 wickets. After being put in to bat first and facing early dismissals of Suzie Bates (14) and Sophie Devine (12), Amelia Kerr (88) and Maddy Green (43) joined forces to construct a formidable 92-run partnership, laying the foundation for a promising total in the innings. But after Green lost her wicket, the White Ferns collapsed losing 5 wickets for just 24 runs and ended up posting 253 all out. The White Ferns bowlers picked up 2 key wickets within the first 10 overs however South African captain Laura Wolvaardt took the game into her own hands scoring 124* and guiding her team to victory in the 46th over. Tahuhu led the bowling attack with 2/40 off her 7 overs.
The White Ferns play the last ODI against South Africa on Sunday 1st October before shifting into the T20I part of the tour on Friday 6th October.