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Belfast schoolgirl scores 121 not out as Ireland defeat Zimbabwe by 85 runs in Harare

Ireland’s Amy Hunter has become the youngest player to score a senior international century, hitting an unbeaten 121 and taking her side to a win against Zimbabwe on her 16th birthday.

Hunter overtook the record previously held by India’s Mithali Raj, who scored 114 not out in and ODI against Ireland at the age of 16 years and 205 days in June 1999.

Shahid Afridi is the youngest man to hit an ODI century. He was 16 years and 217 days old when he scored 102 against Sri Lanka in 1996.

Hunter is younger than any man or woman who has scored a century in T20Is. No one has scored a hundred in Test cricket at a younger age, where records are known.

Playing just her fourth ODI on Monday, Hunter’s knock came off 127 balls and included eight fours. It was the highest score by a batter for Ireland Women, passing Karen Young’s 120 made in 2000 against Pakistan.

Having managed just seven runs across her previous three innings – all against Zimbabwe – Hunter’s latest performance helped her side to a total of 312 for 3 from their 50 overs in the fourth and final ODI in Harare, the highest team total by Ireland Women in ODI cricket. Ireland won the match by 85 runs to seal the series 3-1.

“It feels really good, it’s a bit surreal right now,” Hunter said. “When I was coming up to my fifty, I just wanted to stick by and get there, then when I came to my hundred I didn’t know what to do, take my helmet off or keep it on, but it was unbelievable.

“I felt more nervous for my fifty. I didn’t do so well in the first three games so I was just delighted to be out there and get that first four away and from there it kind of flowed. From fifty to a hundred felt like it went much quicker than from nought to fifty.”

Hunter shared a 143-run stand for the third wicket with captain Laura Delany. Delany, who scored 68, was in the middle when Belfast schoolgirl Hunter brought up her ton.

“Del’s so supportive of me and she always backs me and tells me to back myself and back my skills so it was unbelievable,” Hunter said.



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Recent Match Report – Heat Wmn vs Scorchers Wm 7th Match 2021/22

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Jess Jonassen thumps 19 from the final over before Nicola Hancock, Grace Harris and Poonam Yadav strangle Scorchers

Brisbane Heat 5 for 162 (Redmayne 59*, Harris 34, Graham 2-15) beat Perth Scorchers 103 (Devine 18, Harris 3-16, Hancock 3-19) by 59 runs

A steady unbeaten half-century from Georgia Redmayne and a brilliant cameo from Jess Jonassen has helped Brisbane Heat cruise past Perth Scorchers in Hobart.
Redmayne anchored the innings, making 59 not out from 52 balls to bat throughout the 20 overs. She put on a 68-run opening stand with Grace Harris before Sophie Devine broke the stand. But the Scorchers’ bowlers put the breaks on the Heat batters during the middle overs, with Heather Graham bowling 14 dots in her four-over spell to claim 2 for 15.

Graham’s second wicket came in the 19th over, which brought Jonassen to the crease with the score at 5 for 143. Devine elected to bowl the last at Jonassen and was hammered for four consecutive boundaries with the Heat captain finishing 19 not out from six balls to lift the total beyond 160.

Nicola Hancock then delivered a hammer blow with the ball when Beth Mooney holed out to point for a golden duck. Hancock also removed Devine for 18, leaving the chase in tatters. Heat’s spinners strangled Scorchers’ middle order, with Harris picking up 3 for 16 and Poonam Yadav claiming 2 for 15. Hancock finished with 3 for 19 as Scorchers were bowled out for 103 without a single player reaching 20. Redmayne was eventually the Player of the Match, completing four catches and a stumping to go with her half-century.

Alex Malcolm is an Associate Editor at ESPNcricinfo



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Ban vs Oman, T20 World Cup 2021

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Dropping Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur down the order was a sensible call, even if it didn’t pay off against Oman

Only one of Bangladesh’s changes was successful in their 26-run win over Oman. Mohammad Naim made 64 after being brought back to the side replacing Soumya Sarkar. But Mahedi Hasan, Nurul Hasan and Afif Hossain couldn’t do justice to their batting promotions at the expense of the experienced Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim.

It looked like a reactionary decision from the team management, particularly after BCB president Nazmul Hassan criticized the senior batters after the Scotland defeat. But going by Bangladesh’s usual decision-making this was close to actually being a brave move. It was the correct call to bring back their regular opener, try to fire up the Powerplay with someone who has the ability to clear the infield and then give two of their known big-hitters some space to do their job.



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Sarah Taylor named as Honorary Life Member of MCC

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18 players awarded, including two further women’s cricketers in Blackwell and McGlashan

Sarah Taylor, England’s World Cup-winning wicketkeeper, has been announced as one of 18 new Honorary Life Members of MCC, alongside fellow England players Sir Alastair Cook, Marcus Trescothick and Ian Bell, and two other female cricketers in New Zealand’s Sara McGlashan and Australia’s Alex Blackwell.

Taylor, 32, came out of retirement this season to play for Northern Diamonds in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint and Charlotte Edwards Cups, as well as Welsh Fire in the women’s Hundred. Her MCC membership comes 22 years after the first female members were inducted into the club in 1999.

Blackwell won over 250 caps for her country across all formats of the games, including two 50-over World Cup titles in 2005 and 2013, and three further World T20s in 2010, 2012 and 2014. McGlashan, the sole New Zealander on the list, appeared over 200 times for the White Ferns in a 14-year career, including the 2009 World Cup final in Sydney.

Reacting on Twitter, Taylor wrote: “Can’t even tell you what this means to be awarded Honorary Life Membership of @MCCOfficial! To be alongside those names is completely humbling. Congrats to the men and women who received this wonderful honour.”

Other names on the list include four South Africans in Hashim Amla, Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis and Morne Morkel; two Indians in Harbhajan Singh and Javagal Srinath, and three West Indians in Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Ian Bishop, who has followed his 43-Test career by becoming one of the world’s leading TV commentators.

Australia’s Damien Martyn, Rangana Herath of Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe’s Grant Flower are also honoured.

Guy Lavender, Chief Executive & Secretary of MCC, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be able to welcome our newest Honorary Life Members of MCC. The cricketers announced today are among the greatest international players of their generation. We are privileged to now count them as valued Members of our Club.”

New MCC Life Members Hashim Amla (South Africa), Ian Bell (England), Ian Bishop (West Indies), Alex Blackwell (Australia), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (West Indies), Sir Alastair Cook (England), Grant Flower (Zimbabwe), Herschelle Gibbs (South Africa), Rangana Herath (Sri Lanka), Jacques Kallis (South Africa), Damien Martyn (Australia), Sara McGlashan (New Zealand), Morne Morkel (South Africa), Ramnaresh Sarwan (West Indies), Harbhajan Singh (India), Javagal Srinath (India), Sarah Taylor (England), Marcus Trescothick (England)



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