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Ireland's Amy Hunter becomes youngest ODI centurion on her birthday



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Ireland's Amy Hunter made history by becoming the youngest centurion in one-day internationals on Monday, hit an unbeaten 121 against Zimbabwe on her 16th birthday.

Hunter smashed eight fours in her 127-ball innings at number three and completed her century with a leg-side flick for four as Ireland posted a 312-3 total in Harare.

Pakistan's Shahid Afridi was the youngest male batter to achieve an ODI century, scoring 102 against Sri Lanka in 1996 at the age of 16 years and 217 days.

India's Mithali Raj held the women's record with an unbeaten 114 against Ireland in 1999 at the age of 16 years and 205 days.

"It feels really good -- it's a bit surreal. I didn't really know what to think when I was coming up to my fifty. I just wanted to stick by and get there” said the teenager from Belfast, Northern Ireland.

"When I reached my hundred, I had no idea what to do, whether to take the helmet off or keep it on. It was unbelievable."

Hunter made her international debut against Scotland in May aged 15. She is just the fourth woman to hit an ODI century for Ireland and the first since 2000.