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Luke Wright becomes fifth batsman to smash 150 runs in T20s: A statistical overview

Luke Wright was in impressive form for Sussex against Essex © Getty Images
Luke Wright was in impressive form for Sussex against Essex © Getty Images

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

Runs (Balls) Batsman 4s/6s S/R Team Opposition Venue Date
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

100s Batsman Country I R Ave 50s HS Inns/100
12 Chris Gayle WI 173 6347 42.31 51 175* 14.42
5 David Warner Aus 178 5216 32.39 41 135* 35.60
5 Brendon McCullum NZ 189 5443 32.2 34 158* 37.80
4 Luke Wright Eng 179 4432 27.52 26 153* 44.75
3 Ian Harvey Aus 52 1470 31.27 8 109 17.33
3 Hamilton Masakadza Zimb 85 2633 35.58 25 103 28.33
3 Ahmed Shazhad Pak 91 2630 30.58 19 113* 30.33
3 Adam Gilchrist Aus 102 2622 27.03 16 109* 34.00
3 Richard Levi SA 109 2556 25.56 18 117* 36.33

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

Runs Balls 4s 6s Team Opposition Venue Date Result
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

Player Team Tournament Year
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)

Batsman Team Tournament I R HS Ave SR 100s 50s
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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