Sunday, 28 November, 2021

Ireland’s Amy Hunter becomes youngest international centurion

Ireland's Amy Hunter became international cricket's youngest centurion on Monday after striking an unbeaten 121 against Zimbabwe on her 16th birthday, reports AFP. Hunter hit eight fours in her 127-ball innings at number three and reached her century with a leg-side flick for four as Ireland sealed a 3-1 series win in Harare. The youngest male batter to score a century in one-day internationals was Pakistan's Shahid Afridi, who scored 102 against Sri Lanka in 1996 aged 16 years and 217 days.

India's Mithali Raj held the women's record with an unbeaten 114 against Ireland in 1999 at the age of 16 years and 205 days. Hunter is also younger than all male and female centurions in Tests and Twenty20 internationals. "It feels really good -- it's a bit surreal," said the schoolgirl from Belfast, Northern Ireland, who was named player of the match. "When I reached my hundred, I had no idea what to do, whether to take the helmet off or keep it on. It was unbelievable."