12 Nov 2018

Cricket: Healy hits fastest half century at women's T20 World Cup

4:09 pm on 12 November 2018

Alyssa Healy has struck the fastest half-century in women's World Cup Twenty20 history, as she helped Australia make light work of Ireland in Guyana.

Healy reached 50 off 21 balls in her innings of 56 not out as Australia cruised to their target of 94 with nine wickets and 10.5 overs to spare.

Her 31-ball innings included nine boundaries and one massive six down the ground to bring up what was the second-fastest half-century in a women's T20 international.

Only Sophie Devive's knock for New Zealand against India in 2005 was quicker in international T20s, coming off just 18 balls.

Sophie Devine

Sophie Devine Photo: Photosport

The win kept Australia at the top of Group B, with a win against either New Zealand or India in their next two matches likely to be enough to send them to the semi-finals.

The White Ferns must win their match against Australia if they're to avoid elimination after a first up loss to India.