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Luke Wright smashed 153 not out off 66 balls for Sussex against Essex to become the fifth batsman to score 150 or more runs in a Twenty20 innings. Bharath Seervi lists the other stats and records of this innings and the match.
In the last match of the group stage of Twenty20 (T20) blast in England, Luke Wright smashed an unbeaten 153 off 66 balls to chase down a target of 226 against Essex at Chelmsford. This knock included 12 fours and 11 sixes in all. Wright reached his half century in 26 balls, his century in 47 balls and his 150 in 65 balls. He had scored another century a week ago on July 18 against Hampshire.
The inning by Wright is the fourth highest innings in T20 cricket. It is the fifth time a batsman scored 150 or more in an innings in shortest format of the game. Aaron Finch is the only one to do so in a T20I. Chris Gayle’s 175* off 66 balls is the highest score in T20s.
List of 150+ scores in T20 cricket
|175* (66)||C Gayle||13/17||265.15||RCB||PWI||Bangalore||April 23, 2013|
|158* (73)||B McCullum||10/13||216.43||KKR||RCB||Bangalore||April 18, 2008|
|156 (63)||A Finch||11/14||247.61||Australia||England||Southampton||August 29, 2013|
|153* (66)||L Wright||12/11||231.81||Sussex||Essex||Chelmsford||July 25, 2014|
|152* (58)||G Napier||10/16||262.06||Essex||Sussex||Chelmsford||June 24, 2008|
This was Wright’s fourth century in T20 cricket. Only three others have scored more T20 centuries than him. Below is the table listing batsmen, who have scored three or more T20 centuries.
Most centuries in T20 cricket
Wright scored his first century in T20 cricket in 2007 against Kent. His two other centuries were — 117 for Melbourne Stars against Hobart Hurricanes in Big Bash League (BBL) 2012 and 116 not out for Sussex against Hampshire a week ago.
Luke Wright’s four T20 centuries
|103||45||11||6||Sussex||Kent||Canterbury||June 2, 2007||Won|
|117||60||8||9||Melbourne Stars||Hobart Hurricanes||Hobart||January 9, 2012||Won|
|116*||66||13||4||Sussex||Hampshire||Southampton||July 18, 2014||Lost|
|153*||66||12||11||Sussex||Essex||Chelmsford||July 25, 2014||Won|
Wright became the ninth player to score two centuries in a single T20 tournament or series. In the first innings of the recent Essex-Sussex encounter, Tom Westley scored 109 off 58 balls which was his second century of the tournament. Thus Westley and Wright are eighth and ninth to reach this feat. The complete list of players scoring two or more centuries in a single T20 tournament or series is as follows.
Batsmen scoring two centuries in a single T20 tournament
|Cameron White||Somerset||Twenty20 Cup (England)||2006|
|Jimmy Adams||Hampshire||Friends Life t20 (England)||2010|
|Chris Gayle||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Indian Premier League (India)||2011|
|David Warner||NSW||Champions League T20 (India)||2011|
|Chris Gayle||Barisal Burners||Bangladesh Premier League (Bangladesh)||2012|
|Unmukt Chand||Delhi||Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (India)||2013|
|Craig Simmons||Perth Scorchers||Big Bash League (Australia)||2014|
|Tom Westley||Essex||T20 Blast (England)||2014|
|Luke Wright||Sussex||T20 Blast (England)||2014|
Wright managed to score 601 runs in the 14 innings he has played in the T20 Blast. He became only the second player to score over 600 runs in the domestic T20 tournament in England and 10th overall to do so. Only three times over 700 runs have been scored in a T20 tournament — all coming in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Gayle (2012) and Micheal Hussey (2013) both with 733 runs have scored the highest number of runs in a T20 tournament. Among the top 10, eight are from the IPL and other two from the domestic T20 tournament in England.
Most runs in a T20 tournament (600 or more)
|C Gayle||RCB||IPL 2012||14||733||128*||61.08||160.74||1||7|
|M Hussey||CSK||IPL 2013||17||733||95||52.35||129.50||0||6|
|C Gayle||RCB||IPL 2013||16||708||175*||59.00||156.29||1||4|
|J Adams||Hampshire||Friend Provident T20 2010||19||668||101*||39.29||132.27||2||2|
|R Uthappa||KKR||IPL 2014||16||660||83*||44.00||137.78||0||5|
|V Kohli||RCB||IPL 2013||16||634||99||45.28||138.73||0||6|
|S Tendulkar||MI||IPL 2010||15||618||89*||47.53||132.61||0||5|
|S Marsh||KXIP||IPL 2008||11||616||115||68.44||139.68||1||5|
|C Gayle||RCB||IPL 2011||12||608||107||67.55||183.13||2||3|
|L Wright||Sussex||T20 Blast 2014||14||601||153*||50.08||162.43||2||3|
The above list may include some more names by the end of the ongoing T20 tournament in England as batsmen like Jason Roy who has 567 runs, Westley (525 runs) and Jim Allenby (510 runs) will play in the quarter-finals and further rounds of the tournament if their respective teams qualify.
(Bharath Seervi is a cricket statistician who is obsessed with digging numbers, facts and records related to the game. An active member of Society of Cricket Statisticians of India, he blogs atwww.cricketseervistats.blogspot.com. He can be followed on Twitter atwww.twitter.com/SeerviBharath and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SeerviCricket)
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