The fastest century ever

January 2nd, 2014 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

Would have been incredible to be in Queenstown yesterday to see the match against the West Indies. Anderson and Ryder played incredibly and they achieved the fastest and 6th fastest centuries in . 131 not out off 47 balls was spectacular.

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  1. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Best spectacle I have ever seen!

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  2. radvad (765 comments) says:

    Got to feel for the guy who had $100k in his hand before it fell out. Good to see he was laughing about it.

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  3. dime (9,972 comments) says:

    It was freakin amazing to watch.

    Stoked for Ryder

    Stoked for Anderson aka the instant millionaire

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  4. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    radvad: He would he have got the $100,000 if his mate hadn’t got in the way!

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  5. Nostalgia-NZ (5,211 comments) says:

    The emerging talent stocks are looking great, time for the discipline of keeping their feet on the ground and we may be seeing a very competitive team emerging. Anderson seems to be a level headed juggernaut that just sent the cricketing world a big new year’s message.

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  6. Rowan (2,396 comments) says:

    Anderson was amazing, the way he struck that ball every time he hit a 6, you could tell that it was 6 straight away, there were pretty much no near misses or chances offered.
    Awesome stuff from Jesse Ryder to, stoked for him after what he’s been through.

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  7. Michael (909 comments) says:

    Imagine the superlative articles on Ryder’s century if it were not for Anderson. That is probably the best batting partnership ever to be seen in limited overs cricket and will take some beating.

    I see Afridi is congratulatory but a little disappointed – I imagine I’d be to.

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  8. Longknives (4,753 comments) says:

    “That is probably the best batting partnership ever to be seen in limited overs cricket”

    C’mon pal get real!
    Fantastic knock but best ever??? The Windies are woeful and don’t want to be here- the game was a shambles reduced to 20/20 and did anyone notice the ridiculous small size of the boundaries? Not exactly the MCG mate….

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  9. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    did anyone notice the ridiculous small size of the boundaries?

    but they still had to hit clean – Guptil and co didn’t do it.

    A century is a century whether at the the Geraldine Domain or the MCG.

    Afridi got his 17 years ago at Nairobi not one of the historic venues.

    In fact you have to go down to the 25th fastest (Gilchrsit) t find one thats at a true test venue, so you can’t take a thing away from Anderson

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  10. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    and Ryder has two faster than Gilchrist- yesterday and one at Chch

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  11. Longknives (4,753 comments) says:

    PEB- I am taking nothing away from Ryder and Anderson (as discussed on an earlier thread I rate Ryder as potentially NZ’s best batsman since Crowe) and it was a mighty knock from both of them- But as always NZ sports fans and media tend to get carried away with “Greatest Ever” calls (I still remember the breathless NZ media calling McCullum’s T20 century “The Greatest Innings ever”)
    My point was you still have to place the innings in context, this Windies outfit is one of the worst to ever tour here and the ground was laughably small…”Greatest ever” is a big bloody call!

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  12. Nostalgia-NZ (5,211 comments) says:

    Well which is the greatest ever?

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  13. Rowan (2,396 comments) says:

    Longknives
    Yes Queenstown is a small ground but it is still a world record on any ground and was quite some effort. I think the previous NZ record was 67 balls from Craig McMillian? so smashed that into the history books. It was effectively a T20 and 2 hundreds in 21 overs is incredible.
    Agree with you on the woeful Windies.

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  14. Longknives (4,753 comments) says:

    “Well which is the greatest ever?”

    Christ- We could argue all night. But you’d have to look at Viv Richards 189 against England in ’84, Tendulkar’s 200 against SA in 2010 etc etc there are loads of great knocks….

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  15. Longknives (4,753 comments) says:

    Martin Crowe’s century against the Aussies in the ’92 World Cup was also a phenomenal knock….

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  16. Rowan (2,396 comments) says:

    Martin Guptills 189 not out last year against England comes to mind, was phenomenal carried the bat right through the innings.

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  17. MT_Tinman (3,187 comments) says:

    It’s coloured clothing crap – none of them matter.

    Good to watch though and yes Longknives, the fastest century in international cricket must be counted among the world’s best.

    The boundaries were 50m at the sides, 75m at the ends, MCG size compared with many of the candyfloss crap grounds now used in world cricket.

    As an aside the drug cheat’s most recent test innings (two years ago from memory) suggest he has a fucking long way to go to match Taylor let alone Crowe.

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  18. Rowan (2,396 comments) says:

    Imagine what he could have got if the game wasn’t reduced to 21 overs, he didn’t look like getting out once.

    Rohit Sharmas 209 in the India Australia series was awesome, Andersons better due to the 21 overs

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  19. Nostalgia-NZ (5,211 comments) says:

    No argument LK. To this point I haven’t said that it was the greatest, one thing for sure however is that now the highest total rests with Anderson, another is that there are games between top rated teams and lesser international lights consistently from which ‘great’ players may profit either with runs or wickets – that is the international stage, the same place where Anderson now holds his record – one which had stood for over a dozen years from memory.

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  20. Johnboy (16,597 comments) says:

    I hope Hansie isn’t having a chuckle from up on whatever cloud he currently resides in! :)

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  21. Nostalgia-NZ (5,211 comments) says:

    4,52 Should read lowest (balls faced) is Anderson.

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  22. Longknives (4,753 comments) says:

    “Imagine what he could have got if the game wasn’t reduced to 21 overs,”

    It was because the game was reduced to a ‘hit and giggle’ 20 over farce that Ryder and Anderson went on a slogfest….they simply wouldn’t have batted like that otherwise. People are getting a little carried away here…

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  23. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    You can’t define greatest innings anyway. I’ve seen great innings where a “Danny Morrison level batmans has hung around many overs to steal draw or a win and only scored three.

    The greatest was Chatfields, yes/ no

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  24. Johnboy (16,597 comments) says:

    John Reid getting an ONZM would have to be the greatest ever innings for a New Zealander! :

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  25. Longknives (4,753 comments) says:

    Chatfields was gutsy- NZ vs Pakistan in ’84??
    I remember Lance Cairns got flattened by a young and mean Wasim Akram in that series…

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  26. Nostalgia-NZ (5,211 comments) says:

    ‘It was because the game was reduced to a ‘hit and giggle’ 20 over farce that Ryder and Anderson went on a slogfest….they simply wouldn’t have batted like that otherwise. People are getting a little carried away here…’

    It’s on the day. Slug fest or not it was always going to be called that, other batsmen have had the same opportunity and not registered the runs even in T20 which is designed for a slug fest.

    Chatsfield was always gutsy. I can remember one innings when he’d been getting hit around early then picked up the wicket directing the batsman to the pavilion in case he didn’t know the way.

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  27. Rowan (2,396 comments) says:

    Looking at the cricinfo statistics, the most comparable innings appears to be by the Aussies Aaron Finch who hit 156 in a T20 international against England last year. This pretty much was a T20 because of the rain reduction. Finch scored 156 of 63 balls versus Andersons 131no of 47 balls. Andersons strike rate is higher 279 v 247 but a very good comparison I would have thought.

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  28. Zapper (1,021 comments) says:

    What a surprise that longknives is here bringing everyone down. Enjoy it for what it was FFS

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