Amy Hunter broke a 22-year-old record on Monday, becoming the youngest ever international centurion on her 16th birthday in a one-day game in Zimbabwe.
Ireland‘s Amy Hunter celebrated her 16th birthday in extraordinary fashion as she became the youngest ever player to score a century in international cricket.
Hunter made 121 not out off 127 balls against Zimbabwe as Ireland scored 312-3 in their innings, going on to win the game by 85 runs and clinching a series victory.
In reaching three figures, Hunter etched her name into the history books, breaking a 22-year-old record held by current India skipper Mithali Raj.
Back in June 1999, Raj scored an unbeaten 114 at the age of 16 years and 205 days to become the youngest ever international centurion.
In the men’s game, Pakistan legend Shahid Afridi is the youngest player to score an international hundred, making 102 against Sri Lanka in 1996 at the age of 16 years and 217 days.
In just her fourth ODI, Hunter has broken Raj’s record and also made the highest ever score by an Ireland Women’s player, surpassing the 120 Karen Young made against Pakistan in 2000.
Her innings also helped Ireland Women reach their highest ever total in ODI cricket, with opener Gaby Lewis and captain Laura Delany both passing 50.
“It’s unbelievable to be honest,” Hunter said. “At the moment I can’t quite get my head around it.
“Initially I thought it was just in Ireland and then when they said it was overall, it’s just unbelievable. I never dreamt of anything like this.
“I didn’t feel nervous. As I got in I felt more and more comfortable and then obviously I was a bit nervous bringing up the 50, it was such a big milestone just to get there and then to be honest I didn’t even think about the hundred.
“Once it came along…I didn’t know what to do, I didn’t know if I should take my helmet off or not.”