New Zealand skipper Sophie Devine knocked the fastest century in women's T20 cricket history on Thursday, with just 36 balls to score 100 in Dunedin's domestic match.
Devine thrashed the Otago Sparks bowling attack, hitting nine sixes and seven fours to set up a 10 wicket victory for her Wellington Blaze team. She then hit two fours to finish her innings with an unbeaten 108 off 38 balls. The innings surpassed the 38-ball record of former record holder Deandra Dottin of West Indies, which she made in South Africa in 2010.
It was also the fastest ever scored by any cricketer on New Zealand soil and has been bettered only nine times by men's cricketers around the world.
This feat was even more remarkable as it was Devine's first match since ending the two weeks of Covid-19 quarantine four days ago after playing against Perth Scorchers in the Women's Big Bash League in Australia.
Devine's achievement came when New Zealand Cricket announced that the women's teams from England and Australia would tour New Zealand in the upcoming months.
England will face New Zealand in three T20Is and three ODIs from February 23rd to March 7th, while Australians too contesting a similar fixture list from March 28th to April 10th.