Dwayne Smith Smashes T20 Century Off Just 31 Balls

Dwayne Smith reached his century in the 12th over.

Dwayne Smith hit a whirlwind century off just 31 balls in Hong Kong’s T20 Blitz on Wednesday, one of the fastest tons registered in Twenty20 cricket.

The 33-year-old West Indian, who recently retired from international cricket, heaved 28 off the first over alone and finished unbeaten on 121 off 40 balls.

Smith’s ton, which powered Kowloon Cantons to an eight-wicket victory over City Kaitak, tested Chris Gayle’s world-record, 30-ball hundred set in the 2013 Indian Premier League.

But Wednesday’s pyrotechnics were on Hong Kong’s modestly sized Mission Road ground, and against an attack which clearly struggled.

Kaitak’s slow left-arm bowler Nadeem Ahmed was the fall guy in the first over, when Smith hit him for four sixes and a four to reach 28 off just five balls.

Ahmed returned to leak 29 runs in the sixth over — his last — when Marlon Samuels hit a four and a single before Smith took strike, hammering another four sixes.

Smith reached his century in the 12th over, when he clobbered the 11th of his 13 sixes off compatriot Rayad Emrit. Samuels was unbeaten on 59 in Kowloon’s 204 for two.
“Well, basically it was a great pitch and I must commend the groundsman for that,” said Smith, according to the South China Morning Post.

“For me, it was just a case of going out there and being confident and staying as positive as I can be. It’s a small ground, a good pitch and that’s a recipe for runs.”
West Indians Smith, Samuels and Darren Sammy, and England’s Ian Bell are among a number of big names appearing at the five-day T20 Blitz, which is now in its second year.


3 Replies to “Dwayne Smith Smashes T20 Century Off Just 31 Balls”

  1. Never hacked it at international level but hacking it in Hong Kong! I saw that Chris Jordan smacked about 75 not out off 37 deliveries!

    Hopefully will all help the local population take to the game and improve. That’s what competitions going to these untouched ‘markets’ must do. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again but I don’t understand how America can’t have a competition like this! I guess Hong Kong is a small place and that probably helps in a way.

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