Sophie Devine hits 36-ball hundred - fastest in women's T20 cricket

New Zealand captain Sophie Devine. — AFP  File

Sophie Devine claimed the world record for the fastest century in women's T20 cricket during Wellington Blaze's clash with Otage Sparks in the Super Smash.

In what was her maiden game of the Super Smash tournament, as the 31-year-old returned from the Women's Big Bash League season in Australia.

Devine's knock was also the fastest T20 century in New Zealand, beating Tim Seifert's 40-ball effort for Northern Districts in Mount Maunganui in 2017.

But there were few signs of rust as she smashed nine fours and nine sixes - including one to move from 94 to 100, which grazed the cheek of a young girl who was watching on from the bank.

According to a SkySports report, Devine speaking in a post-match interview with Spark Sport said, she was really nervous in the morning after the 14-day isolation period.

Devine added: "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".

Apart from the 36-ball blitzkrieg which was her sixth T20 century, she also broke the records of Suzie Bates and Alyssa on the list of most T20 centuries in women's cricket.

The Sparks' total of 128-7 was their highest of the Super Smash so far, with Hayley Jensen making 35 off 29 balls, Mille Cowan 29 off 29, and Katey Martin 27 off 29, but they were no match for the might of Devine.

Devine crashed nine fours and nine sixes, reaching her century by clearing the ropes, and finished with 108 not out from 38 balls as Wellington chased down their 129-run target in just 8.4 overs.

Jess Kerr took 2-15 and Leigh Kasperek took 2-20 for the Blaze, while captain Maddy Green made an unbeaten 20 off 15 balls in support of her star player.

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