New Zealander Scott Styris matched Shahid Afridi's record of fastest century on Tuesday, with the only difference being that Afridi did it in one-day international cricket while Styris' 37-ball ton came for Sussex.
Styris smashed a century from 37 balls in the Friends Life T20 quarter-final against Gloucestershire, taking Sussex through to the finals day. Styris was particularly severe on Gloucestershire bowler James Fuller when he smashed him for 38 runs in the 18th over of the innings - the costliest over in professional cricket.
Fuller's first two balls of that over were not only no-balls but also crossed the ropes, followed by a six off the first legitimate ball of the over. It was followed by a six and a four off the next two deliveries before Fuller managed to keep the fourth ball to a dot. The fifth ball landed inches short of the boundary for a four and the last ball was sent sailing into the crowd as well.
The Kiwi stroked a 37-ball century to help Sussex beat Gloucestershire in the Friends Life T20 quarter-final.
With this innings, Styris probably also sent a signal to his IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings who have been reluctant to include the New Zealand allrounder in their playing XI.