JLT One-Day Cup: Teenager Max Bryant hits fastest fifty for Queensland
Max Bryant hit his way to a fifty in 23 balls for the Bulls last year. © Getty

At the age of 19, Queensland opener Max Bryant has become his state’s fastest one-day half-centurion. The teenager hit his way to a fifty in 23 balls, eventually out for 71 from 31 with 68 runs coming in boundaries courtesy six sixes and eight fours during Queensland’s JLT One-Day Cup fixture versus South Australia at Hurtsville Oval.

Bryant, who was part of the Australia Under-19 team that reached the final of the junior World Cup in January, thus equalled the fourth-fastest fifty in the One-Day Cup’s history.

The fastest is 19 balls, scored by Glenn Maxwell against Tasmania in the 2011-12 season. The next best is 21 balls, managed by the late Australia batsman David Hookes for South Australia in 1990-91, followed by Jake Lehmann and Tom Cooper (22 balls) in 2017-18 and Dan Christian (23 balls) in 2010-11.

Set a target of 281 to beat South Australia, Queensland were hurried to 106 before Bryant was dismissed by the legspin of Adam Zampa in the 11th over.

This is Bryant’s ninth List A game. He won a contract with Queensland last year after representing the Cricket Australia XI in the One-Day Cup, where he made 168 runs in six innings. In the current competition he has scored 45, 36 and 71.