Sixers star scores fastest century in WBBL history


Sydney Sixers batter Ashleigh Gardner has blasted the fastest century in WBBL history as records tumbled on the opening day of the new season.

Gardner brought up triple figures off just 47 balls in the Sixers' clash with Melbourne Stars on Saturday, eventually dismissed for 114 off 52 balls.

The Australian national team member smashed a whopping 10 sixes and 9 fours in the sensational display of hitting, helping the Sixers amass a record-breaking total of 4-242.

The huge score surpassed the highest-ever team total in WBBL history, broken earlier in the day by the Sydney Thunder when they made 6-200 against Melbourne Renegades.

Take a bow Ash! Image: Getty

Fellow star Ellyse Perry scored 91 not out and affected a brilliant run-out as the Sixers went on to win by 86 runs.

Gardner also scored the quickest WWBL 50 off 22 balls, which was later equalled by the Stars' Lizelle Lee.

The match aggregate of 398 runs easily exceeded the previous best for a WBBL game

Earlier in the day the Thunder survived a spirited run chase after their historic efforts to beat the Renegades by 11 runs.

After being sent in at North Sydney Oval, Rachael Haynes (55 of 41), Naomi Stalenberg (38 off 25) Nicola Carey (47 off 17) and Rene Farrell (25 off 13) helped the Thunder recover from 4-41.

Happy days for the Thunder. Image: Getty

Jess Duffin (81 off 47 balls) and Chamari Atapautu (42 off 30) had the Renegades on course for victory until the former was out to a controversial catch confirmed by the third umpire.

Meanwhile, New Zealander Sophie Devine spearheaded another record-breaking effort, this time from the Adelaide Strikers, in their 45-run win over Hobart Hurricanes.

Sent in at Glenelg's Gliderol Stadium, Strikers amassed a franchise record top score of 3-183.

Devine smashed an unbeaten 46 off 21 balls and then took 2-20 as the Hurricanes were held to 9-138.