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Tess Flintoff smashes record 16-ball fifty in Women's Big Bash League

Teenager Tess Flintoff eclipses 22-ball half-centuries scored by Ashleigh Gardner and Lizelle Lee during 2017/18 Women's Big Bash League; England duo Alice Capsey and Lauren Winfield-Hill also impress as Melbourne Stars sink Adelaide Strikers

Tess Flintoff, Melbourne Stars, WBBL (Getty Images)
Image: Tess Flintoff (left) is embraced by Lauren Winfield-Hill (right) after smashing a WBBL-record 16-ball fifty

Teenager Tess Flintoff has smashed the fastest fifty in Women's Big Bash League history with a 16-ball effort for Melbourne Stars against Adelaide Strikers.

The 19-year-old beat the previous record of 22 balls, which had been set by fellow Australian Ashleigh Gardner and South Africa's Lizelle Lee during the 2017-18 competition.

Flintoff's innings is believed to be the second-fastest recorded fifty in women's T20 cricket, after Marie Kelly's 15-ball half-century for Warwickshire against Gloucestershire in May of this year.

Flintoff finished unbeaten on 51 from 16 deliveries against Strikers, after England pair Lauren Winfield-Hill (47 off 49) and Alice Capsey (49 from 31) had starred in a team total of 186-5.

Strikers made only 164-8 in reply with Flintoff adding to her special day by taking a wicket and a catch and fellow teenager Capsey dismissing Bridget Patterson for 41.

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Flintoff is yet to play for the full Australia side but was included in an Australia A squad to face England A earlier this year.

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