20-year-old Will Smeed hits The Hundred’s first century

Will Smeed became the first player to bring up a ton in The Hundred as he smashed an unbeaten 101 for Birmingham Phoenix against Southern Brave at Edgbaston. The 20-year-old’s blistering knock came from just 50 balls, featuring eight fours and six maximums.

The previous best record score in the men’s Hundred was 92, notched up by Smeed’s team-mate Liam Livingstone in 2021. Smeed’s effort helped the Phoenix score a formidable 176 runs from 100 balls – the highest score in this year’s edition. Smeed’s innings was a perfect blend of range hitting, innovative modern-day strokeplay, well-timed gear-switches and top-class technique.