New Zealand skipper Sophie Devine has broken the record of hitting the fastest T20 century in women’s cricket on Thursday.
Devine achieved the feat in just 36 balls, breaking the record previously held by West Indies player, Deandra Dottin, who had achieved the benchmark in 38 balls, back in 2010. She smashed the fastest T20 century while playing for Wellington Blaze against Otago Sparks in the ongoing Dream 11 Super Match Women tournament.
Sophie Devine played a swashbuckling knock of 108* in 38 balls, leading the Blaze to victory. The knock was also her third T20 century. With this, Devine has become New Zealand’s fastest T20 century scorer, surpassing Tim Seifert, who scored his fastest T20 ton in 40 balls while playing against Northern Districts in 2017.
The match was Devine’s first game of the season, after coming out of a 14-day quarantine people. She said that she was quite nervous before the match.
“I was really nervous this morning. Whenever you have a bit of an extended break away from the game, you get nervous about [whether] you can come back into it. So it was just [nice] to spend some time in the middle and get a few out of the screws,” Devine said after the match.
“For me it was just about playing smart cricket – to know where my gaps were, trying to manipulate the field … I felt I knew where they were trying to bowl so if I could manipulate myself around the crease, I could open up areas of the field, so, yeah, I’m pleased with the way it went today.
“Sometimes I can get a little bit carried away, and I get a bit over-eager and play some rash shots so it was nice to stick to some decent cricket shots today and finish the job,” she concluded.
Wellington Blaze beat Otago Sparks by 10 wickets and have now progressed in the Super smash table, surpassing Auckland Hearts.