New Zealand Captain Sophie Devine scored the fastest century in Women’s T20 history on Thursday. Sophie scored 100 in just 36 balls in a Domestic Match in Dunedin.
Devine smashed Otago Sparks bowling attack by hitting nine sixes & seven fours to set up a 10 wickets win for her Wellington Blaze side. She then capped her innings with two fours to finish with an unbeaten 108 runs off 38 balls. Devine innings beat previous record holder Deandra Dottin’s 38 ball century for West Indies team in South Africa in 2010.
It was also the fastest century scored by any player on New Zealand soil. The feat was more remarkable because it was Devine’s first match since she ended a fortnight’s COVID Quarantine four days ago following a stint playing with the Perth Scorchers in Australia’s Women’s Big Bash League.
“I was really nervous this morning, whenever you have an extended break away from the game, you get nervous about whether you can come back into it,” she said.
“So it was nice just to spend some time in the middle”, she added. Devine’s achievement came as New Zealand announced the England & Australia Women’s teams will tour in the coming months. England will play against New Zealand in three T20s & three ODIs between February 23 & March 7 with the Australia Women’s team contesting a similar fixture from March 28 to April 10. Both teams will undergo 14 days of mandatory isolation after arriving in New Zealand.