New Zealand’s Devine first to hit 50 in five straight T20s

first_imgWELLINGTON, (Reuters) – New Zealand women’s cricket captain Sophie Devine became the first player to pass 50 in five successive Twenty20 internationals on Monday when she scored 105 in her side’s 69-run win over South Africa in Wellington.The 30-year-old scored 72 against India last February and had innings of 54 not out, 61 and 77 earlier in the series against South Africa.India batswoman Mithali Raj, former New Zealand men’s captain Brendon McCullum and West Indies opener Chris Gayle are the only players to have passed 50 in four successive Twenty20 internationals.“The last 12 months I have really challenged myself to be consistent with my performances,” Devine said after the match on her home ground at the Basin Reserve.“If I looked at my batting a couple of years ago I could have a match-winning contribution but it wasn’t as regular or often as I would have liked.”It was also just the second Twenty20 international century by a New Zealand woman. Suzie Bates, who was batting with Devine, is the other.“To bring up a T20 hundred is a pretty special occasion but to have Suzie Bates out there, I remember being there for hers,” Devine said. “To bring it up at the Basin Reserve … is a moment I won’t forget.”The victory clinched the five-match series 3-1 for the ‘White Ferns’ with the final game in Dunedin on Thursday.“It was really nice to put on a really clinical performance with bat and ball,” Devine added, with the side looking strong heading into the Twenty20 World Cup later this month.“It could have been easy to cruise a little bit but we really wanted to make sure that we put our foot on their throat and not let up and to do that in pretty comprehensive style is pleasing.”last_img read more

Strasburg opts out of Nats deal, $100M, to become free agent

first_img COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News Stephen Strasburg has opted out of the final four years of his contract with the Washington Nationals, three days after the star pitcher was chosen MVP of the World Series. The 31-year-old right-hander becomes a free agent Saturday. Strasburg gave up $100 million he had been guaranteed from 2020-23 as part of a $175 million, seven-year contract he agreed to with the Nationals in May 2016.Strasburg was 18-6 with a 3.32 ERA this season, topping 30 starts for the second time in his career and leading the NL with 209 innings pitched. Then he went 5-0 with a 1.98 ERA in five postseason starts and one relief appearance, including wins in Games 2 and 6 of the World Series against Houston.Washington also won Game 7 to claim the first championship in franchise history. In a career interrupted by Tommy John surgery shortly after his spectacular major league debut in 2010, Strasburg is 112-58 with a 3.17 ERA and 1,695 strikeouts in parts of 10 seasons. Last Updated: 3rd November, 2019 12:43 IST Strasburg Opts Out Of Nats Deal, $100M, To Become Free Agent Stephen Strasburg has opted out of the final four years of his contract with the Washington Nationals, three days after the star pitcher was chosen MVP of the World Series. Written Bycenter_img LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE First Published: 3rd November, 2019 12:43 IST FOLLOW USlast_img read more