Michael Klinger scored his eighth T20 century in Gloucestershire’s five-run victory over Kent Spitfires on Thursday, moving to second on the list of players with most T20 tons, behind Chris Gayle.
Klinger hammered a 65-ball 102 but didn’t realise he had reached three figures, having brought them up off the last ball of the Gloucestershire innings with the scoreboard wrongly showing he was on 91*.
The century took him past Aaron Finch, Brendon McCullum, David Warner and Luke Wright, all of whom have seven T20 hundreds.
“The main scoreboard had me on 91,” Klinger told Sky Sports. “So I was just trying to get a four or a six off the last ball, and then everyone started cheering. It was a nice surprise at the end.”
Gayle leads the pack by a long way, with 21 centuries in T20s, and 12808 runs at an average of 39.04 and a strike-rate of 147.33.
Klinger’s knock powered Gloucestershire to 180-3, but Kent pushed them hard in the chase, with Faf du Plessis (60), on his debut, and Sam Billings (55) putting on a 122-run stand. However, Ryan Higgins’ 3-36 helped Gloucestershire hold on for a five-run win.
Gloucestershire now have 16 points from 13 matches, and are No.2 in the South Group, ahead of third-placed Kent, who have 14 points from 13 matches. Both teams have a match left to play.