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WATCH: Will Smeed scores first century of The Hundred

CricketWATCH: Will Smeed scores first century of The Hundred

Srinagar: The young batter Will Smeed on Wednesday become first one to score a century in The Hundred.

Smeed was the star as Birmingham Phoenix thrashed reigning champions Southern Brave by 53 runs.

Smeed scored an unbeaten 101 (50 balls) to lift his side to 176 for 4.

The Brave replied with a paltry 123 all out as Henry Brookes enjoyed a dream debut on the ground he has always called home. The Edgbaston product took five for 25.

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After Phoenix were put in, they leaned heavily on Smeed after Chris Benjamin, promoted to open, and Moeen Ali each raced to 17 but then perished. Benjamin sent up a skier off Marcus Stoinis before Ali, having lifted George Garton deep into the crowd at mid-wicket, chopped James Fuller’s first ball on to his stumps.

Smeed galloped to a 25-ball half-century, reached with six over long-off off Jake Lintott in a stand of 80 in 44 balls with Liam Livingstone. Livingstone was the top six-hitter in last year’s Hundred, but this time never really hit his stride, scoring just two from his first seven balls and 21 from 20 before lifting Lintott to extra cover.

Into the last ten balls, the big question was whether Smeed complete his ton. He needed five runs from the last three and a four and a two took him to the magical mark from 49 balls.

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