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Sean Williams Records Fastest ODI Century For Zimbabwe

Hosts Zimbabwe started the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023 with a strong victory against Nepal. During that tournament opener, Sean Williams recorded Zimbabwe’s fastest ODI century.

Sandipan Ghosh
Last updated: 19.06.2023
Sean Williams Records Fastest ODI Century For Zimbabwe

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Hosts Zimbabwe started the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023 with a strong victory against Nepal. During that tournament opener, Sean Williams recorded Zimbabwe’s fastest ODI century.


Nepal scored 290/8

It was the first game of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023 between Zimbabwe and Nepal at Harare Sports Club, Harare. After Nepal were sent to bat first, the openers Kushal Bhurtel and Aasif Sheikh recorded Nepal’s first 150+ ODI partnership as they set a 171-run partnership for the first wicket.

Bhurtel was unlucky to lose his wicket on 99 runs, while Aasif scored 64 runs. However, Zimbabwe ultimately restricted Nepal to 290/8 in 50 overs.


Zimbabwe won by eight wickets, Craig Ervine 121 not out and Sean Williams 102 not out

Chasing a challenging target, the home opener and skipper Craig Ervine smashed a 111-ball century while the no.4 batter Sean Williams recorded a 70-ball hundred. They had a 164-run partnership for the unbroken third wicket as Zimbabwe successfully chased the target in 44.1 overs after losing only two wickets.  

While the Player of the Match Ervine scored 121 not out in 128 balls (15 fours and only six), Williams remained not out on 102 runs off 70 balls with the help of 13 fours and a sixer.


Fastest ODI century for Zimbabwe – Sean Williams broke Regis Chakabva’s record

Sean Williams’ 70-ball hundred is now the fastest ODI century for Zimbabwe. The previous record was a 73-ball century by Regis Chakabva against Bangladesh at Harare on 7 August 2022.


Fastest ODI centuries for Zimbabwe (top 4)

Player

Balls to complete century

Opposition

Venue

Date

Sean Williams

70

Nepal

Harare

18 June 2023

Regis Chakabva

73

Bangladesh

Harare

7 August 2022

Sean Williams

77

UAE

Harare

14 April 2019

Brendon Taylor

79

Ireland

Hobart

7 March 2015

(Updated till 18 June 2023)

 

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