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Hunter becomes youngest batter to hit international ton

Amy Hunter in action
Amy Hunter in action

Ireland's Amy Hunter celebrated her 16th birthday by becoming the youngest player to hit an international century in yesterday's one-day game in Zimbabwe.

The Belfast schoolgirl notched 121 not out as Ireland made 312 for three after batting first in the final game in the series.

India's Mithali Raj held the previous record when hitting an unbeaten 114 against Ireland at the age of 16 years and 205 days in June 1999.

Shahid Afridi is the youngest man to hit an international century. Afridi was 16 years and 217 days old when he hit 102 in a one-day game against Sri Lanka in 1996. Gaby Lewis scored 78 runs, and Laura Delany hit 68, in Ireland's innings as the visitors produced a huge total to put themselves in a strong position to clinch the four-match series in Harare.

Hunter said she felt ‘a bit surreal’ after notching the record-breaking century.

"When I got to my hundred, I had no idea what to do," said the thrilled teenager, who hit eight fours in her 127-ball innings. (BBC)


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