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Devine Produces Record-Breaking T20 Hundred

14 January 2021

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Perth Scorchers skipper Sophie Devine has celebrated her first match since being released from quarantine by an impressive hundred from just 36 balls in New Zealand’s Super Smash competition.

The Kiwi star smashed the fastest hundred in the history of women's T20 cricket, reaching three figures in just 36 balls.

She launched nine sixes and nine fours in her innings of 108 not out as her Wellington side chased down a victory target of 129 in just 8.4 overs, a run rate of 15.59.

It was Devine's first game in any format since the end of the rebel Women’s Big Bash League in late November and made even more remarkable by the fact she was only released from 14 days of mandatary quarantine on Sunday having extended her stay in Australia until the end of last year.

The Scorchers allrounder was named Player of the WBBL|06 - in her first season with the Scorchers, Devine compiled 460 runs at an average of 51 including a century and three half-centuries, while also claiming six wickets with the ball.

The fastest T20 century by an Australian woman is the 42-ball ton scored by Grace Harris for the Brisbane Heat in 2018.

"I was really nervous this morning," Devine said after play.

"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.

"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."