Fastest centuries in Women’s World Cup
Only one batter has made a century in the women’s ODI World Cups in under 60 deliveries.
Karen Rolton 57
Australia’s Karen Rolton took just 57 deliveries to smash a brilliant ODI century against South Africa in the 2000 ODI World Cup.
Belinda Clark 64
Australia’s Belinda Clark is no stranger to centuries and she struck another fierce ton against Denmark in 1997 off just 64 deliveries. Clark went on to make an unbeaten double century in this match and received the player of the match award.
Deandra Dottin 71
West Indies’ Deandra Dottin was at her explosive best against Pakistan in the 2017 ODI World Cup where she hit a century off just 71 balls.
Nat Sciver 76 and 79
England’s gun all-rounder Nat Sciver had already stroked a century off just 76 deliveries against Pakistan in the 2017 ODI World Cup.
She repeated her feat with a 79 ball century against Australia in the 2022 ODI World Cup to now take both the 4th and the 5th spots in the list of the fastest centuries in the women’s ODI World Cup.
Although England lost the match for 12 runs, Sciver’s efforts did not go unnoticed as teammate Danni Wyatt referred to her as the best all rounder in the world in women’s cricket.
“She’s still as cool as a cucumber,” team mate Danni Wyatt said of Sciver. “Very calm is our Natty, nothing seems to faze her. She’s ready to go again for training this afternoon and then for the game. I’ve always said she’s the best allrounder in the world. Her and Katherine [Brunt] together, we’re so lucky to have them both on our team.”
“In training and matches, Nat’s always so calm and cool, which spreads around the team. The other night she bowled ten overs, was very busy at midwicket and extra cover, and then went out and hit 100 off 80 (vs Australia) balls, so hopefully she can keep up her good run of form. She’s just amazing.”
One really had to feel for Nat Sciver as she singlehandedly took the attack to Australia. She was good with the ball as well and picked up two wickets from her 10 overs and was the highest wicket taker.
Sciver then returned to smash an unbeaten 109 at strike rate of 128.24 but even that was not enough to chase down Australia’s 311-run target.