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Craig Simmons' fastest hundred in BBL history was 'absolutely fantastic'
Perth needed someone to stand up and stand up he did...
Last Updated: 16/01/14 5:20pm
Simmons smashed a hundred off just 39 balls - the fastest ton in Big Bash League history and the seventh quickest in T20 cricket ever - to help propel his side to a four-run victory over the Adelaide Strikers.
The 31-year-old - who had formerly played for Western Australia - was signed by the Scorchers despite not playing first-class cricket since March 2012.
But he cut loose to smash eight sixes and as many fours in a match-winning salvo before falling for 102 off 41 balls.
The Strikers, set 204 to win, fell just short despite 58 off 45 balls from Phil Hughes.
"It's a good story," former Australian all-rounder Harvey told Sky Sports. "Simmons was playing club cricket not so long ago and hasn't really set it alight so far until today.
"In his interview after he got out he admitted that he didn't think that he'd be playing today.
"He said that he owed a lot to the captain, Simon Katich, and the coach, Justin Langer, for showing him that they believe in him - and he repaid them today.
"They lost Katich early and they needed someone to stand up and stand up he did. His knock was absolutely fantastic.
"He hit the fastest hundred in BBL history - and what a way to go to it, by hitting the ball 40 rows back with a massive six. What a moment that was for him - it's something he'll remember for a very long time."
The Scorchers have now booked their place in the semi-finals after registering five wins from seven games - a record only bettered by the Melbourne Stars, who have yet to lose after six matches, with the two sides due to meet on January 27.
Sydney Sixers (eight points) and Hobart Hurricanes (five) currently occupy the other two semi-final spots.
But with the Adelaide Strikers - who expect to have top run-scorer Michael Klinger back for Saturday's clash with the Brisbane Heat - also on five points, there is still all to play for.
"This was a big win for the Scorchers with the Stars to come," reflected Harvey. "The Strikers have got their two games at home, so they'll be extremely happy with that.
"We saw a Tweet from Michael Klinger saying that he'll be right to go on Saturday - he's someone that they'd want straight back into their team."
Our Big Bash coverage continues with a double-header on Saturday when the Adelaide Strikers take on the Brisbane Heat from 2am on Sky Sports 2 before Melbourne Renegades play the Sydney Sixers from 8.30am on the same channel.