Sophie Devine crashes fastest women's T20 century in Super Smash

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 14, 2021

Devine brought up her century off just 36 balls, beating West Indies batter Deandra Dottin's previous record of 38 balls, set in an global against South Africa in 2010.

Sophie Devine claimed the world record for the fastest century in women's T20 cricket during Wellington Blaze's clash with Otage Sparks in the Super Smash.

The New Zealand global reached three figures in just 36 balls to beat the previous best - the 38 deliveries it took Deandra Dottin to get to her ton for West Indies against South Africa in 2010.

But there were few signs of rust as she smashed nine fours and nine sixes - including one to move from 94 to 100, which grazed the cheek of a young girl who was watching on from the bank.

The feat was all the more remarkable because it was Devine's first match since she ended a fortnight's Covid-19 quarantine four days ago following a stint playing with the Perth Scorchers in Australia's Women's Big Bash League. The Kiwi skipper stepped out of 14-day isolation to break the previous record of 38-ball century set by West Indies' Deandra Dottin against South Africa in 2010.

Only nine men - including fellow New Zealander Martin Guptill, from 35 balls - have scored faster T20 hundreds than Devine.

Speaking after the match, Devine told Spark Sport: "I was really nervous this morning".

Devine led the Blaze to a dominant 10-wicket victory in just 8.4 overs after the Sparks made 128-7 after winning the toss and choosing to bat.

"For me it was just about playing smart cricket - to know where my gaps were, trying to manipulate the field".

She then capped her innings with two fours to finish with an unbeaten 108 off 38 balls.

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