Eire’s Amy Hunter celebrated her sixteenth birthday on Monday by means of scoring a glowing unbeaten 121 off 127 balls within the fourth ladies’s ODI towards Zimbabwe on the Harare Sports activities Membership. The Belfast schoolgirl become the youngest batter, male or feminine, to attain an ODI century.
Hunter changed India’s Mithali Raj—she was once 205 days older when she scored 114* towards Eire on ODI debut 22 years in the past—within the report books. The report for male batters is held by means of Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi, who was once 16 years and 217 days when he scored 102 towards Sri Lanka in 1996.
Hunter’s century, which integrated 8 fours, powered Eire to 312/3 in 50 overs. The elated teen mentioned: “I used to be very excited to head in the market and achieve the 50. I used to be pumped up with captain Laura Delany within the center. I used to be worried on methods to the half-century. I simply sought after to take a seat and realise my 50. I didn’t know whether or not to stay dressed in my helmet or take it out once I reached the 100. Runs got here fast and simple after scoring 50. The crew and the captain have at all times subsidized my abilities. It was once nice to attain on my birthday.”
Hunter was once enjoying handiest in her fourth ODI, having made her debut within the ongoing collection. In October 2020, she was once named within the Eire squad to play Scotland on the L. a. Manga Membership throughout their excursion of Spain. The fits regardless that had been known as off because of the Covid pandemic. She made her WT20I debut on Would possibly 24, towards Scotland, and ultimate month was once picked for this collection, the primary WODI fits to be performed by means of Zimbabwe.
Batting at No. 3, Hunter shared in a 104-run partnership with opener Gaby Lewis and 143 with Laura Delany. It was once the primary century for Eire in 20 years, Karen Younger having scored the ultimate (120) in 2000.
Hunter began her cricket occupation at Belfast’s Instonians Cricket Membership and inspired within the home circuit ultimate season, serving to the Typhoons crew win the inaugural Girls’s Tremendous Collection identify. She is mentored below former Eire and England participant, Ed Joyce, who’s the senior ladies’s trainer of Eire.